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Articles from Vol. 88, No. 603, February

Adjustable Rocket Motor Makes Tactical Missiles More Flexible
Developing controllable-thrust rocket motors may enable the U.S. military services to condense multiple families of tactical missiles into a single all-purpose weapon.A crucial first step was taken last year with the first flight in history of a solid-fueled,...
Army Modifies Weapon Acquisition Policies
The Army's latest revision to its acquisition policy expands the responsibilities of program managers for the logistics and support of weapon systems, and stresses the importance of training equipment. The rewrite of the acquisition policy, called...
Army Stresses 'Joint Expeditionary Mindset'
The Army is wrapping up its first draft version of a family of joint operational concepts. The concepts range from homeland security to stability operations and strategic deterrence, said Brig. Gen. David A. Fastabend, director of capabilities development...
Army Tests New Rifle That Could Replace M16, M4
The U.S. Army is testing a new, lightweight assault rifle that employs many of the technologies already developed for the planned objective individual combat weapon, which would combine an infantry rifle with a grenade launcher. The service decided...
Army to Upgrade Land Warrior System with Blue-Force Tracker
In response to feedback from soldiers in Iraq, the Army intends to add blue-force tracking capabilities to a handheld computer that is being developed for the Land Warrior program. The battle-management computer, called the Commander's Digital Assistant,...
Army Training to Shift Emphasis to Dismounted Soldier
The Army's training programs have been too vehicle-centric and have not focused enough on the dismounted soldier, particularly in urban combat. That will change in the future, said Brig. Gen. Stephen Seay, Army program executive officer for simulation,...
Back from Afghanistan, Civil Affairs Unit Deploys to Iraq
Elements of the 489th Civil Affairs Battalion are preparing, once again, to deploy into a combat zone. Perhaps within days, they will be on their way to Iraq. It will be the Army Reserve unit's second deployment in three years. The battalion, based...
Companies Selected for Air Defense Program
Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems mad United Airlines were awarded $2 million each to develop a countermeasure system to defend commercial aircraft against man portable air defense systems (MANPADS). The first phase of the two-year Department of Homeland...
Editor's Corner
Much of the responsibility for planning military operations in the war on terrorism now is in the hands of the U.S. Special Operations Command. When SOCOM was created in 1987, its primary role was to support the geographic combatant commanders,...
Efforts Needed to Stop Terrorist Funding
A Council on Foreign Relations task force is recommending that the White House establish a special assistant to the president, as well as lead efforts to create an international organization, to combat terrorist financing. The measures were among...
Energy Dept. Commandos: 'As Good as the Military'
The Department of Energy is seeking to beef up its team of commandos, which is trained to help protect nuclear weapons facilities in the United States. The Composite Adversary Team (CAT) is the Department of Energy's equivalent to the Defense Department's...
Federal Government Gets 'D' in Cyber Security
The House Government Reform Committee gave the federal government a "D" for its efforts to implement cyber security measures. Although the members issued a grade of "barely passing," it was an improvement from last year's failing grade. Of the 24...
Legendary Israeli Tank Threatened with Extinction
If Israel's Finance Ministry ultimately has its way, the famed Merkava Mk. 4 tank may soon be a thing of the past. For the moment, the government has given the Merkava a temporary stay of execution, deciding in late November that it would continue...
Lobbying Rules Strict Enough, Says Controller
Despite inspector general investigations and allegations of unethical behavior in the defense industry, it would be unwise for the Pentagon to change currant conflict-of-interest policies, said Dov Zakheim, controller and undersecretary of defense....
Marine Unit to Deploy under SEAL Command
An elite unit of about 85 Marines is scheduled to deploy in April as part of a Navy SEAL squadron. The detachment, for all intents and purposes, formalizes the Marine Corps' relationship with the U.S. Special Operations Command. Although Marines...
Military Fuel-Cell Programs Not Yet Ready for Prime Time
While the commercial industry is taking significant steps forward in the adoption of fuel cell technology, military researchers are taking a wait-and-see approach, expressing concern that fuel cells so far have not proven they can work in combat environments....
Navy SEAL Garments Protect from Cold, Heat, Germs
During future deployments, Navy SEALs will be wearing new custom-designed undergarments made with innovative insulation materials, which create a "micro-climate" around the body, according to the manufacturer.The SEALs spent several months last year...
Precision Systems Let Helos Land in Sandstorms, Snow
The U.S. Army will start retrofitting its helicopters with sensor kits that would allow aircraft to operate in brown-out and white-out conditions, a problem that has plagued pilots in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program office for utility helicopters...
Rapid-Fielding Team Tasked to Transform Army Acquisition
Many Army acquisition agencies can trace their roots to unusual beginnings, but the Rapid Equipping Force is probably the only organization to evolve from a personal challenge. In June 2003, the staff of Gen. John M. Keane, the Army's vice chief...
Rassa Wins NDIA Systems Engineering Award
Bob Rassa, director of systems supportability for Raytheon and chairman of NDIA's Systems Engineering Division, is the first recipient of the association's Systems Engineering Award. The award was established in 2003 to honor the memory of the late...
Safe Harbors of Ethical Conduct Needed in Defense Procurement
In light of a recent series of isolated, highly controversial public scandals with respect to several major defense acquisition programs, it is important to create "safe harbors" of conduct so that both government and contractor personnel can work...
Safe Harbors of Ethical Conduct Needed in Defense Procurement
In light of a recent series of isolated, highly controversial public scandals with respect to several major defense acquisition programs, it is important to create "safe harbors" of conduct so that both government and contractor personnel can work as...
SOCOM a Trailblazer for Joint Training
The joint-service approach to training employed by U.S. special operations forces has become a model for the Defense Department's Joint National Training Capability, officials said. Under JNTC, the plan is to increase the amount of training that the...
SOCOM Creates New Hub for Fighting War on Terror
The U.S. Special Operations Command has reorganized its headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., in order to fulfill a new leadership role in the war on terrorism. The core of the reorganization is the Center for Special Operations, explained...
SOCOM Looking for Next-Generation Weapon
The U.S. Special Operations Command is looking for a next-generation assault rifle.The command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., expects to award a contract for a Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle in November, according to...
Special Ops Aviators Press Industry to Improve Trainers
The U.S. Army special operations aviators, the Night Stalkers, typically choose training devices that give them the ability to rehearse missions at the drop of the hat, industry officials say. That is the reason why training systems contractors...
State of Manufacturing Base Is Cause for Concern
One lesson that we learned from the "Buy America" debate last year was the need for a thorough and detailed discussion on a national level about the state of the U.S. industrial base, particularly the capabilities of American industry to manufacture...
The Reality of 'Buy America' Provisions
When the House Armed Services Committee passed the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act last May, it included a series of legislative requirements, which came to be known as the "Buy America" provisions. Subsequently, these provisions were approved...
Washington Pulse
Lobbying Rules Strict Enough, Says ControllerDespite inspector general investigations and allegations of unethical behavior in the defense industry, it would be unwise for the Pentagon to change current conflict-of-interest policies, said Dov Zakheim,...
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