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Articles from Vol. 88, No. 600, November

Air Force Tilt Rotor Pilots to Begin Training in '05
The Air Force Special Operations Command plans to begin CV-22 crew training in 2005. The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., already has one motion-based, full flight simulator and one fixed-base, flight training device,...
Air Force War Lessons Will Not Be 'Shelved'
The Air Force intends to take immediate action to determine whether the lessons learned from the conflict in Iraq should lead to near-term changes in the service's budget, said Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force vice chief of staff. This marks a...
Army Charges on with Joint Simulation System
The U.S. Army is proceeding with the development of the ground-warfare portion of the Joint Simulation System program, which now is shelved while the Pentagon is searching for alternatives. WARSIM, the Army simulation program, was supposed to be...
Army Grappling with Homeland Security Training Requirements
The Army's training systems program office is developing a long-term plan to transition technology to the National Guard and homeland security organizations. Army officials said they are eager to share their training and simulator technologies with...
At Unit of Action Lab, Soldiers Determine Design of FCS
Armed with three-dimensional goggles, or perhaps a computer mouse, soldiers at the Fort Knox Unit of Action Maneuver Battle Lab will be helping to determine the design of the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems. FCS digital designs will arrive at...
Bayonet Doubles as a Fighting Knife
After years of debate, the Marines are getting their own bayonet, one that can be detached from a rifle barrel and used in hand-to-hand combat. The Marines have ordered 99,987 of the new bayonets--known as the OKC3S--from the Ontario Knife Company...
Border Guards Trained to Halt Deadly Shipments
Both high-tech devices and sharp instincts are needed to combat smugglersAt a facility near the remote Hanford nuclear waste site in eastern Washington, U.S. border guards are acquiring the skills to thwart smugglers.Armed with a wealth of information,...
Border Guards Trained to Halt Deadly Shipments: Both High-Tech Devices and Sharp Instincts Are Needed to Combat Smugglers
At a facility near the remote Hanford nuclear waste site in eastern Washington, U.S. border guards are acquiring the skills to thwart smugglers. Armed with a wealth of information, the latest technologies, and their own intuition, agents are learning...
DHS Office to Focus on Science and Technology
Since its inception in March, the Department of Homeland Security has provided nearly $4 billion in funding and has run about 400 emergency action plan evaluation exercises for states and communities, according to Charles McQueary, the undersecretary...
DHS to Partner with Industry to Protect Cyberspace
A National Cyber Security Summit is being planned for this fall to bring together industry and government representatives to work on efforts to prevent disabling attacks on the Internet such as the Blaster and SoBig worms that attacked computers this...
Digital Imagery Recreates Any Location on Earth
Simulator technology aids news coverage of war in Iraq, depicts events within hoursThree-dimensional imagery increasingly is becoming an important training tool for the military services, fueling the demand for advanced graphics generators that can precisely...
Digital Imagery Recreates Any Location on Earth: Simulator Technology Aids News Coverage of War in Iraq, Depicts Events within Hours
Three-dimensional imagery increasingly is becoming all important training tool for the military services, fueling the demand for advanced graphics generators that can precisely replicate the geography of any region of the world. An example of this...
Distributed Mission Ops Shape USAF Training Projects
The Air Force's umbrella program for simulation-based training--called Distributed Mission Operations--emphasizes operational concepts and mission rehearsal. It will gradually incorporate simulation systems that previously were known as Distributed...
Editor's Corner
One peculiar development seen in the Iraq war was the presence, throughout the theater, of U.S. military teams led by 35 officers from the Joint Forces Command. Their sole job was to observe the war as it unfolded and assess the performance of the...
Events and Descriptions
November 3-6 Aircraft Survivability 2003 Event #4940 Monterey, Calif. POC: Ann Saliski@(703) 247-2577 The theme of this year's symposium is "Reclaiming the Low Altitude Battlespace." Combat flight operations at low altitude pose special survivability...
F/A-22 Pilots Begin Training at Tyndall AFB
Planned upgrades: air-to-ground capabilities, connectivity with other trainersAir Force F/A-22 student pilots are scheduled to begin training in six new simulators recently delivered at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Two are full-mission trainers and four...
F/A-22 Pilots Begin Training at Tyndall AFB: Planned Upgrades: Air-to-Ground Capabilities, Connectivity with Other Trainers
Air Force F/A-22 student pilots are scheduled to begin training in six new simulators recently delivered at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Two are full-mission trainers and four are weapons and tactics trainers. All F/A-22 pilots will train at Tyndall....
Future Force Simulation Office Up and Running
The U.S. Army's training and simulation arm has stood up a program office assigned almost exclusively to support the Future Combat Systems. In addition to developing embedded training devices for the FCS, this office will focus on the integration...
Helicopter Pilots Will Achieve Majority Status in the Navy
The ranks of helicopter pilots in the U.S. Navy gradually will rise, as the service begins to execute an ambitious plan to double the number of helicopters deploying with aircraft carriers. In the Navy today, out of approximately 13,000 aviators,...
Homeland Security Drills Adopt Military-Style Simulations
Commanders and supervisors of Baltimore's emergency response agencies, participating in a homeland security exercise, tested a new computer-based simulation system designed to make training more realistic. The exercise, conducted by the U.S. Army...
Industry
UNITECH, in Centerville, Va. has named retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul J. Pluta to the position of senior vice president for homeland security. In his new role, Pluta will manage the port-security, emergency-response and day-to-day operations of the...
Land Warrior Follows Simpler Path
The Army is drastically simplifying the make-up of its high-tech soldier ensemble, the Land Warrior, in an effort to make the system less prone to failures and easier to use. After the last version of Land Warrior failed reliability tests earlier...
Marine Logistics Command Strives for Efficiency
A continuous stream of equipment and supplies leaves the port of mount Island Command, in Jacksonville, Fla., to support Marine Corps operations around the world. In addition, equipment arrives from overseas conflicts to be repaired, reconstituted,...
Marines Sharpen Their Skills in Hand-to-Hand Combat
Moving in formation at a double-time pace, the Marines of the Basic School's Echo Company--sweating in the early morning sun--formed a circle on helicopter Landing Zone 6, a training field at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. They stacked their M16 rifles...
Military Imagery Agency to Be Renamed
With the signing of the fiscal year 2004 defense authorization bill, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency will change its name to National Geo-spatial Agency (NGA). The name change is reflective of the agency's new role in providing more than just...
Modernization Spending Should Not Slow Down
The Defense Appropriations bill signed by President Bush last month--which provides $368.2 billion for fiscal year 2004--continues the upward trend in military spending that began more than two years ago, after the Sept. 11 attacks, as the United States...
Modernization Spending Should Not Slow Down
The Defense Appropriations bill signed by President Bush last month-which provides $368.2 billion for fiscal year 2004-continues the upward trend in military spending that began more than two years ago, after the Sept. 11 attacks, as the United States...
More Than 165,000 Sailors Sign Up for Online Learning
At most recent count, more than 165,000 sailors have registered in Navy Knowledge Online--an educational Web site that is available through the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, according to Myles Weber, NKO program manager for Appian Corporation. Appian,...
National Defense University Expands Joint Curriculum
A growing demand for military officers who are proficient in inter-service issues and joint battle planning has prompted the launch of new educational programs at the National Defense University. Among them is a "Joint Military Education 101" course,...
National Defense University Expands Joint Curriculum
A growing demand for military officers who are proficient in inter-service issues and joint battle planning has prompted the launch of new educational programs at the National Defense University.Among them is a "Joint Military Education 101" course,...
National Guard Units Train without Leaving Home
With National Guard units stretched across California, bringing them together for training is a costly endeavor. "Troops often have to be bused from Sacramento or San Diego to Camp San Luis Obispo, along the state's central coast. An experimental...
Naval Aviators Grapple with Post-Iraq Change
The naval aviators and air-wing commanders of Operation Iraqi Freedom said the outcome of the war helped validate their tactics, training and equipment. But despite the tactical success achieved by the seven carrier battle groups that supported the...
Naval Simulators Designed for Training While at Sea
The Navy's training systems division expects future growth in the demand for virtual-reality trainers, particularly deployable and embedded devices. "There is more and more interest and acceptance in using simulation to train people. It is a trend...
Naval Warfare Center Pursuing New Partnerships
Crane Division touts rapid-deployment success in supporting forces in IraqThe Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Crane, Ind., has established a technical assistance program to provide expertise to companies needing help with product development and production.The...
Naval Warfare Center Pursuing New Partnerships: (Crane Division Touts Rapid-Deployment Success in Supporting Forces in Iraq)
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Crane, Ind., has established a technical assistance program to provide expertise to companies needing help with product development and production. The Crane division of the NSWC is the Navy's third largest facility...
Navy Command Engages in Info Warfare Campaign
Monitoring the Navy's daily electronic communications, Petty Officer James Smith, a cryptologic technician on the Naval Computer Incident Response Team, spotted the intrusion. Not much to look at just lines on a graph--it appeared to be a probe of...
Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Future of the Helicopter
There is a push in the Defense Department and the broader national security community to identify the lessons of Operation Iraqi Freedom rapidly in order to influence near-term programmatic, budgetary and even political decisions. Joint Forces Command,...
Pentagon Microelectronics Maker: No Order Too Small
Need a carburetor for an old Chevy? Try a junkyard. Need a few integrated circuits for a brand-new F-22 fighter jet? That is a problem. No one produces them anymore. Commercial manufacturers won't touch such a small order--500 parts over 10 years...
Pentagon Seeks to Address Supplier Shortage
The lack of spare parts for aging equipment and the absence of suppliers for many specialized military items increasingly are issues of concern at the Defense Department. The official name used to describe these problems is Diminishing Manufacturing...
Picatinny Chapter Focuses on Workforce
The Picatinny Chapter of Women In Defense is striving to increase opportunities for the workforce at Picatinny Arsenal, in Morris County, N.J. Picatinny is home of the U.S. Army Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC). That...
Security Beat
Center Will Consolidate Terrorist Watch ListsThe U.S. government is setting up a Terrorist Screening Center to consolidate terrorist watch lists and provide information to federal, state and local investigators and agents.The center, which begins operations...
Services Cope with Demand for Joint Training
Military officials recognize that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps will need to adjust their training exercises and equipment to make them less service-centric and more joint-service oriented. But it is not yet clear how the services will...
Soldiers Test New Systems to Identify Friendly Forces
No silver bullets yet exist to eliminate friendly fire. But experts believe that a combination of new technology and modifications to training and procedures could lead to significant improvements in combat ID. Ground commanders, particularly, want...
Special-Ops Sniper Training Stresses Control, Discipline
Military snipers traditionally have struggled to defend their image in the public eye. "Some people think that we are the sneaky guys who just go out and indiscriminately kill," said Master Sgt. Mark Carey, an instructor at the Special Warfare Training...
Successful War Games Combine Both Civilian and Military Traits
Commercial war-game designers can provide realistic and user-friendly simulations far more cheaply than the military's own multi-million-dollar systems, some experts argue. Yet, developers and operators of big-ticket simulation systems counter that...
Taking Fire, Navy Marine Corps Intranet Progresses
Despite delays and resistance, the controversial $8.8 billion Navy Marine Corps Intranet--which is intended to connect the two service's shore bases and link up with deployed ships at sea--is growing quickly, according to Navy Capt. Chris Christopher,...
Transformation: Are the Goals off Target?
Military not adequately equipped for nation building, says former CENTCOM chiefWhen the Pentagon talks about the "transformation" of the military services, the implication is that transforming means becoming faster, lighter, more precise and efficient....
Transformation: Are the Goals off Target? Military Not Adequately Equipped for Nation Building, Says Former CENTCOM Chief
When the Pentagon talks about the "transformation" of the military services, the implication is that transforming means becoming faster, lighter, more precise and efficient. But given what is going on in the world today, transformation should rather...
U.S. Targets Shipments of Nuclear Reactor Components
Six weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. Customs officials recovered about 137 pieces of nuclear-reactor equipment from a warehouse in Cyprus. The parts appeared to have been destined for the Middle East. Details remain sketchy, because the investigation...
Video Game Helps Teach Armor Officer Skills
For the past three years, Maj. Michael Muller has used TacOpsCAV, a militarized version of the commercial TacOps game, to teach everything from standard operating procedures and battle drills to intelligence information tracking decision-making. ...
'Virtual Patients' Could Help Expedite Vaccine Development
Computer models that simulate the human physiology could help create new vaccines to defeat potentially deadly biological agents, according to a small company that is trying to market the technology to the U.S. government. In the pharmaceutical...
Washington Pulse
Air Force War Lessons Will Not Be 'Shelved'The Air Force intends to take immediate action to determine whether the lessons learned from the conflict in Iraq should lead to near-term changes in the service's budget, said Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force...
Wireless Technology Sought for Urban, Subterranean Ops
On-the-move satellite ground terminals and self-healing sensor networks are among the dual-use technologies the U.S. military services view as key to improving their tactical communications and data gathering capabilities.Under the Applied Communications...
Wireless Technology Sought or Urban, Subterranean Ops
On-the-move satellite ground terminals and self-healing sensor networks are among the dual-use technologies the U.S. military services view as key to improving their tactical communications and data gathering capabilities. Under the Applied Communications...
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