National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 83, No. 541, October

AFEI Seeks to Untangle Confusion Surrounding Electronic Commerce
Electronic commerce is big business, but prospering in this lightning fast arena is hampered by a welter of competing solutions and terminology. The state of the art in enterprise engineering and integration is confusing. Experts note that remedies appear...
Air Force Realignment Aimed at Boosting Retention, Morale
Expeditionary units promise predictability flexibility to meet U.S. deployment needs Stressed by burgeoning demands and plummeting morale, U.S. Air Force leaders plan to change their approach to conducting operations worldwide. By January, 200I, they...
Association Members Urged to Spread Message of U.S. Defense Preparedness
As Congress and the administration continue their ardent negotiations over this fiscal year's budget for the United States, here at NDIA we have had budget drills of our own. Like the federal government, our budget year also begins the first of this...
Ballistic Missile Threat to Emerge Sooner Than Official Estimate
The United States and its allies face no threat of a ballistic missile attack within the next 15 years, according to a report released by the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). Many members of Congress were critical of the report and its conclusions....
Data-Storage Technology Helps to Unclog Supply-Line Clutter
The Defense Department wants to give military commanders computerbased tools so they can more easily manage their battlefield resources. This is a priority, say officials, because too much time and manpower are currently being wasted on routine tasks...
Defense Industry Must Develop Intelligence Capabilities to Compete in Bidding Wars
The Pentagon relies heavily upon the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency to help maintain U.S. security, but the companies that provide weapons systems have lagged behind other industries in developing their own intelligence capabilities....
Designing Digital Base Can Quicken Logistical Provisions
When President Clinton sent U.S. troops into Bosnia in 1996 to assist the United Nations peacekeeping effort, logistics professionals knew that thousands of soldiers and their mission depended on the timely delivery of essential equipment and daily supplies....
E-Malls Offer Defense Buyers Full Span of Product Options
Program office opens to promote electronic catalogs, paperless purchasing environment Cyberspace commerce, by the year 2002, could make up as much as $327 billion or 2.3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. These figures, reported by Forrester...
HORIZONS Foundation Raises Scholarship Funds
HORIZONS, a Women In Defense foundation, held a congressional luncheon atthe Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. featuring Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) as the speaker. As a member of the House National Security Committee and the...
Industry Proffers Wide Range of Products for Preventing Damage, Eliminating Waste
Ranging from large corporations offering multiple products and services to small companies addressing a single problem, several hundred firms exhibited environmental solutions at this year's third iteration of the Joint Service Pollution Prevention Conference...
In Race to Upgrade Computers, Pentagon Running out of Time
The Defense Department is not expected to fix all year 2000 (Y2K) problems on time. After failing to meet deadlines during the past year, the Pentagon is counting on making up lost ground in the last months of 1999. But government officials question...
Intelligence Community Girds for Cyberwar; Major Snafus Possible with Low Tech Effort
Threats to the U.S. digital information infrastructure-both military and civilian-are claiming high level interest in the Defense Department and intelligence community. A recent exercise, called Solar Sunrise, provided an unmistakable wakeup call for...
Logistics Chief Wants Pentagon to Embrace 'Passion for Change'
he shortage or lack of spare parts for military equipment will continue to cause headaches for Pentagon planners, according to the Defense Department's senior logistician. The unavailability of spare partsparticularly those needed to maintain aging weapon...
NDIA's Homepage Offers Opportunity for Agile Communications
Associations survive by maintaining constant contact with their members, and as an association grows, this task becomes increasingly difficult. The logistics of communicating with tens-of-thousands of members becomes arduous and costly. With the explosion...
Newest Flight Simulators Add Realism for Couch Potato Pilots
The sky is your playground. Imagine the thrill of strapping yourself into the cockpit of an F-15fighter and taking off into enemy territory. You hug the ground at high speed on the way to the target and then pull back on the stick to climb to 50,000...
Next High-Tech Policy Debate-Who Pays for Progress?
Those who long for the days of Big Science welcomed the recent White House endorsement of a blue-ribbon study that urges the U.S. government to "rededicate itself" to cutting edge high-technology. But even private sector advocates who believe industry...
Pollution Prevention Programs Provide Positive Pentagon Payoff
Pollution prevention programs are beginning to pay big dividends to the U.S. military at the installation level in the United States and abroad and, perhaps, more importantly in the Pentagon's weapons acquisition process that will ensure longrange environmental...
Primes, Subs Reap Financial Benefits in Mentor-Protege Program
As the nation's largest buyer of goods and services, the Pentagon awards billions of dollars worth of contracts to small businesses. Nevertheless, the Defense Department and other government agencies are seeking to bolster the role of small business...
Readers Forum
Brain Atrophy Let me get this straight: the Army has selected Alliant Techsystems as the winner of the OICW competition and Alliant will begin building the new weapon for a demonstration this summer, (National Defense, May/June 1998, p. 40) As a former...
Recipe for Success in Defense Industry; 'Acquire or Be Acquired'
Mergers have changed the way the Pentagon and defense industry do business. Charles E. McQueary, president of General Dynamics Advanced Technology Systems, Greensboro, North Carolina, believes that to succeed, companies must team up or buy their competitors....
Rumors of Colt's Death Exaggerated, Asserts Honcho
Proving that there is life after bankruptcy, Colt's Manufacturing Company Inc., Hartford, Connecticut, has won another contract for another member of the M16 family of weapons-this time for the M16A4. Although the total value of the contract is approximately...
Think-Tank Proposes Pentagon-Wide 'Pedigreed Database'
Industry and government leaders are calling for the creation of a uniform database to aid the Pentagon's efforts to support the modeling and simulation community. They believe such a step will help to make the promise of modeling and simulation a reality....
Tired of Paperwork, Army Shoppers Welcome Plastic
Electronic purchasing, accounting expedite government purchases, cut overhead costs As part of a broader Pentagon effort to eliminate excessive paperwork in routine transactions, U.S. Army buyers are paying for their official purchases with plastic....
Tomahawk's Track Record Explains Why Military Cherishes GPS
The celebrity status achieved by the Navy's Tomahawk cruise missiles during the 1991 Gulf War reached new heights after President Clinton used them to destroy terrorist compounds in Sudan and Afghanistan several weeks ago. The technology that makes this...
Washington Pulse
Sleight of Band-There is concern that the Clinton administration may maneuver Republicans into forcing another government shutdown as a result of disagreements on the budget. Putting Republicans on the defensive could help revive a politically weak president,...
Web-Based Forum Portrays U.S. Industrial Capabilities
A new approach to evaluating the readiness of the nation's industrial base is poised to transform the way that the Defense Department views its suppliers. It will enhance the Pentagon's move toward more efficient business practices and serve as a catalyst...

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