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Articles from Vol. 92, No. 655, June

Aviation Wish-Lists Send Mixed Signals
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At least on paper, the Air Force and Navy have staked the future of their tactical aviation on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But the services' ongoing pleas for more money to fill what they describe as short-term "gaps"...
Binding Ties
Air Force wants Latin America to be less dependent on U.S. militarySANTIAGO, Chile-The Air Force is requesting more than $300 million to help modernize the aircraft fleets of four Latin American nations that assist the United States in the war on drugs...
Binding Ties: Air Force Wants Latin America to Be Less Dependent on U.S. Military
SANTIAGO, Chile -- The Air Force is requesting more than $300 million to help modernize the aircraft fleets of four Latin American nations that assist the United States in the war on drugs and in humanitarian missions. The project also is part of...
Chokepoints
More eyes in the sky may not generate better intelligenceUnder orders from Defense secretary Robert Gates, the military services are moving to accelerate the production and deployment of surveillance aircraft.This mad rush to deploy more spy planes over...
Chokepoints: More Eyes in the Sky May Not Generate Better Intelligence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * Under orders from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the military services are moving to accelerate the production and deployment of surveillance aircraft. This mad rush to deploy more spy planes over Iraq and Afghanistan...
Cutting through the Radar Clutter
* The same technology that allows fighter pilots to detect enemy planes in the skies may one day help ground troops peer around buildings in cities to track down insurgents. At least, that is what scientists are hoping as they progress on research...
Despite SecDef Pleas, Pentagon Is Losing the Innovation War
* Defense Secretary Robert Gates briefly grabbed the headlines last month when he challenged the Pentagon to "find more innovative and bold ways to help those whose lives are on the line." He might just as well have asked for the moon. For reasons...
Direct-to-Target
DHS wants to vet small aircraft before they enter U.S. airspaceAbout 400 general aviation flights - ranging in size from small Cessnas to 747s - enter U.S. airspace each day. Despite long-time fears that these non-commercial flights may come bearing...
Direct-to-Target: DHS Wants to Vet Small Aircraft before They Enter U.S. Airspace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * About 400 general aviation flights--ranging in size from small Cessnas to 747s--enter U.S. airspace each day. Despite long-time fears that these non-commercial flights may come beating a weapon of mass destruction, the federal...
Failing Grades
Waning education standards threaten U.S. competitivenessHigh-quality education is absolutely critical to national security, and the United States must soon address a number of challenges in its educational system if it wants to maintain a competitive...
Failing Grades: Waning Education Standards Threaten U.S. Competitiveness
High-quality education is absolutely critical to national security, and the United States must soon address a number of challenges in its educational system if it wants to maintain a competitive edge in the global economy and in key technologies. ...
Ground Connections
Mobile broadband for roaming troops: pipe dream or reality?In the world of high-tech military communications, troops fighting on the front lines are known as the "disadvantaged users."The tech-deprived troops typically are driving around in humvees and...
Ground Connections: Mobile Broadband for Roaming Troops: Pipe Dream or Reality?
In the world of high-tech military communications, troops fighting on the front lines are known as the "disadvantaged users." The tech-deprived troops typically are driving around in humvees and patrolling on foot. They have little to no access...
In the Hot Zone
Nation has few WMD response teams in placeGALLAGHER, W. Va. - The training scenario the Marines encountered on a crisp spring morning was this: Terrorists traveling in a van through a highway tunnel sprayed nerve gas into the air. Motorists behind them,...
In the Hot Zone: Nation Has Few WMD Response Teams in Place
GALLAGHER, W. Va. -- The training scenario the Marines encountered on a crisp spring morning was this: Terrorists traveling in a van through a highway tunnel sprayed nerve gas into the air. Motorists behind them, suffering from the effects, lost control...
Jihadists Not Lacking for Plot Ideas, Terrorist Watchdog Says
* Senior al-Qaida leaders through a password protected Internet message board periodically ask their loyal readers to send in their best ideas for attacking their enemies. One such request for proposals posted last year received thousands of responses,...
Jihadists Not Lacking for Plot Ideas, Terrorist Watchdog Says
Senior al-Qaida leaders through a password protected Internet message board periodically ask their loyal readers to send in their best ideas for attacking their enemies.One such request for proposals posted last year received thousands of responses,...
Marine, Navy Response Force Does More with Less
GALLAGHER, W. Va. -- The Chemical Biological Incident Response Force has received several important technology upgrades during the past year that will make their mission of saving lives in the event of a terrorist attack easier, said a senior officer....
Market Slowdown
Low-cost space launch vehicles await liftoffCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A new generation of small rockets may fulfill the Ak Force's goal of creating a market for low-cost launch. But after many fits and starts, the service and the launch industry realize...
Market Slowdown: Low-Cost Space Launch Vehicles Await Liftoff
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A new generation of small rockets may fulfill the Air Force's goat of creating a market for low-cost launch. But after many fits and starts, the service and the launch industry realize that several roadblocks still stand...
Ndia Calendar
UPCOMING EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND EVENTSJUNE10-11Armaments Technology Fire Power ForumParsippany, NJ Precision fires as an enablerfor force deominance12Picatinny Chapter 33rd Annual Firepower BenefitParsippany, NJ38.181.236.72/ndia/index.htm17-18Enterprise...
Non-Government Aid Crucial to Disaster Relief Operations
* We have seen in recent weeks some extraordinary efforts by international aid organizations and governments around the world to assist the victims of the devastating cyclone in Myanmar as well as the powerful earthquake in China. The U.S. military...
Non-Government Aid Crucial to Disaster Relief Operations
We have seen in recent weeks some extraordinary efforts by international aid organizations and governments around the world to assist the victims of the devastating cyclone in Myanmar as well as the powerful earthquake in China.The U.S. military is now...
Panic Attack
Public still in the dark when it comes to dirty bomb threatWhen convicted terrorist Jose Padilla showed up at the Chicago airport in May 2002 allegedly with plans to carry out a dirty bomb attack, few people had ever heard of such a weapon.The federal...
Panic Attack: Public Still in the Dark When It Comes to Dirty Bomb Threat
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When convicted terrorist Jose Padilla showed up at the Chicago airport in May 2002 allegedly with plans to carry out a dirty bomb attack, few people had ever heard of such a weapon. The federal government since then has...
Pentagon, Intelligence Community May Adopt Unified Space Strategy
* COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The United States spends billions of dollars to maintain its superiority in space. But lack of coordination between the Defense Department and the intelligence community is impeding efforts to efficiently manage these efforts,...
Rescue Bots
First responders slow to take up robot technologyPITTSBURGH - Bomb squads in the United States are taking notice of what's happening in the streets of Iraq. Robots are keeping explosive ordnance disposal personnel out of harm's way.Robot manufacturers...
Rescue Bots: First Responders Slow to Take Up Robot Technology
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PITTSBURGH -- Bomb squads in the United States are taking notice of what's happening in the streets of Iraq. Robots are keeping explosive ordnance disposal personnel out of harm's way. Robot manufacturers are finding more...
Self-Disclosure Rules Create Ambiguities
Proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation changes mandating contractor self-disclosure have resulted in serious controversy between contractors and Congress. The Department of Justice requested the rule, claiming it was necessary because "few companies"...
Self-Disclosure Rules Create Ambiguities
Ethics CornerProposed Federal Acquisition Regulation changes mandating contractor self-disclosure have resulted in serious controversy between contractors and Congress.The Department of Justice requested the rule, claiming it was necessary because "few...
Space on Demand
Air Force weighs options to meet skyrocketing bandwidth demandCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The ever-increasing bandwidth demands on military networks have created new pressures on the Air Force and the space industry to address these needs.Officials worry...
Space on Demand: Air Force Weighs Options to Meet Skyrocketing Bandwidth Demand
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The ever-increasing bandwidth demands on military networks have created new pressures on the Air Force and the space industry to address these needs. Officials worry that current satellite communications...
Students Hope Robot Snakes Slither out of Lab
* Students at Carnegie Mellon University laboratory are working on a family of robots that mimic the movement of snakes. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Students and teachers at the biorobotics laboratory at CMU Robotics Institute see several applications...
Technical Glitches Keep Coast Guard Satellite Grounded
* An experimental Coast Guard surveillance payload that was scheduled for launch aboard a commercial satellite at the End of 2007 has been delayed twice because of several technical problems, the Coast Guard said. The demonstration payload, which...
Technical Glitches Keep Coast Guard Satellite Grounded
An experimental Coast Guard surveillance payload that was scheduled for launch aboard a commercial satellite at the end of 2007 has been delayed twice because of several technical problems, the Coast Guard said.The demonstration payload, which was built...
U.S. Must Rethink Military Power, Says Southern Command Chief
* The security challenges of Latin America--drug trafficking, narco-terrorism and crime--are best tackled with diplomatic engagement and partnerships, not with massive military force, says the top U.S. military officer overseeing Latin America. ...
Washington Pulse
NEWS FROM INSIDE THE BELTWAYUnexpected ReceptionNavy aviation industry competes for attentionTimes are tough (or carrier aviation. The Navy is struggling with an aging fleet and rising costs - in addition to the possibility that the fleet may temporarily...
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