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Articles from Vol. 86, No. 578, January

A Guide to Russia's Naval Weapon Systems
The third volume of "Russia's Arms and Technologies-the XXI Century Encyclopedia--has just become available, close onto Volume II ("Rocket and Artillery Armament of the Ground Forces"). It is truly a product of outstanding art and information. Gone are...
Air Force Steps Up Effort to Care for Its Aging Aircraft
Some of the B-52 long-range bombers that so relentlessly pounded Taliban and al Qaeda fortifications in Afghanistan are more than 40 years old, and the U.S. Air Force plans to keep flying them for another four decades. If they do, officials said, it...
Bio-Defense Program Poses 'Sticky' Issues
analysis Military technology not necessarily adequate for homeland defense The Pentagon's chemical-biological defense program is well equipped to handle threats to military units in the battlefield, but is not prepared to tackle emerging homeland security...
Bio-Defense Program Poses 'Sticky' Issues: Military Technology Not Necessarily Adequate for Homeland Defense. (Analysis)
The Pentagon's chemical-biological defense program is well equipped to handle threats to military units in the battlefield, but is not prepared to tackle emerging homeland security missions, experts said. A case in point is the protection of local...
Brass Tracks
Government Army Col. James Kennon, who has been selected for promotion to brigadier general, has been named deputy of acquisition and readiness for the Soldier and Biological Chemical Command. Previously, he was chief of staff of the Combined Arms...
Coast Guard Striving to Define 'Normalcy'
As the U.S. Coast Guard grapples with new homeland-security responsibilities acquired since September 11, officials are accepting the fact that "normalcy" is not in the cards in the foreseeable future. Top Coast Guard officials, however, warned that...
Editor's Corner
The Defense Department's office of industrial security has been quite busy in recent months. Industrial policy played a heavy role in two key decisions that the Pentagon made late last year--the selection of the Joint Strike Fighter contractor and...
Editor's Corner
The Defense Department's office of industrial security has been quite busy in recent months. Industrial policy played a heavy role in two key decisions that the Pentagon made late last yearthe selection of the Joint Strike Fighter contractor and approving...
Expanding Military Missions Fuel Market for Custom Trucks
The Pentagon's evolving responsibilities for homeland defense could accelerate demand for customized vehicles, such as pick-up trucks and SUVs, equipped with advanced sensors, ballistic protection and a wide array of weapons. As the military services...
Experts Urge Bush to Expand Anti-Terror Campaign
U.S. faces daunting threat from Saddam Hussein, says Pentagon advisor Despite broad-based efforts by the United States to undermine terrorist organizations worldwide, the best that this nation can hope for is a slowdown in their activities, but not their...
Experts Urge Bush to Expand Anti-Terror Campaign: U.S. Faces Daunting Threat from Saddam Hussein, Says Pentagon Advisor
Despite broad-based efforts by the United States to undermine terrorist organizations worldwide, the best that this nation can hope for is a slowdown in their activities, but not their complete elimination, experts said. The Bush administration, additionally,...
French Firm Seeks to Fill Gap in U.S. Fire Support
The absence of self-propelled artillery platforms in the U.S. Army's newly-formed brigades has prompted a French manufacturer to offer a 155 mm truck-mounted artillery gun as a possible alternative. The system also is being marketed to the U.S. Marine...
Industry Reaffirms Business Ethics Principles
president'sperspective As events evolve in the U.S. war against terrorism, it seems clear that the federal government's spending priorities are changing. For the Defense Department, the days of declining budgets may be over, at least for a while. The...
Industry Reaffirms Business Ethics Principles. (President's Perspective)
As events evolve in the U.S. war against terrorism, it seems clear that the federal government's spending priorities are changing. For the Defense Department, the days of declining budgets may be over, at least for a while. The conflict overseas--which...
Information Warfare Pioneers Take Top Pentagon Positions
Military planners and policy-makers, for many years, have advocated the need to increase the interoperability of computer networks for battlefield use. Although some progress has been achieved, the reality today is that network-centric warfare is more...
Lawmakers Urge Shift in Military Spending Priorities
The ongoing military campaign against terrorism will have a long-lasting effect on how Washington sets spending priorities for the Defense Department and other agencies, officials said. The growing demands for military intervention in various parts of...
Marines Clamor for Long-Range Artillery at Sea
DD-21 demise triggers new round of complaints about lack of fire support Plenty of blame is going around these days about why the Marine Corps will have to wait many years before the Navy can supply long-- range artillery fire from surface ships. Tomahawk...
Marines Clamor for Long-Range Artillery at Sea: DD-21 Demise Triggers New Round of Complaints about Lack of Fire Support
Plenty of blame is going around these days about why the Marine Corps will have to wait many years before the Navy can supply long-range artillery fire from surface ships. Tomahawk cruise missiles are fine, Marines assert, but they do not provide the...
Marines Expanding Homeland Defense, Anti-Terrorism Roles
The Marine Corps' new anti-terrorism brigade was built around skills that have been taught to Marine security forces for many years. What is different about this brigade, officials said, is that it facilitates cross training between various units and...
More Education Needed on Terrorism. (Readers Forum)
In a February 2001 National Defense Magazine article (U.S. Homeland Defense Policy Mired in Competing Interests), John Stanton briefly noted the lack of public education in matters of biological terrorism. In fact, the problem spans the gamut of nuclear,...
Navy to 'Mainstream' Mine Warfare within Five Years
The U.S. Navy is moving forward with plans to deploy modern anti-mine systems aboard ships and helicopters. During the past decade, the Navy has invested nearly $2 billion in research and development for mine countermeasures. But even though Navy...
NDIA Lists Top Issues for the Coming Year
At its semiannual meeting in November, NDIA's Board of Directors approved the association's "Top Issues for 2002." The issues-summarized below-were compiled by NDIA's Government Policy Advisory Committee, whose membership includes all chapter presidents...
NDIA Lists Top Issues for the Coming Year. (Government Policy Notes)
At its semiannual meeting in November, NDIA's Board of Directors approved the association's "Top Issues for 2002." The issues-summarized below-were compiled by NDIA's Government Policy Advisory Committee, whose membership includes all chapter presidents...
Pentagon Industrial Policy Rooted in 'Market Economics'
The Defense Department's determination to keep the "winner take all" acquisition strategy on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the decision to not allow the country's only two nuclear shipyards to merge underscore the Bush administration's aproach to...
Readers Forum
More Education Needed on Terrorism In a February 2001 National Defense Magazine article (U.S. Homeland Defense Policy Mired in Competing Interests), John Stanton briefly noted the lack of public education in matters of biological terrorism. In fact,...
Shallow-Water Mines Remain 'Achilles' Heel' of U.S. Navy
After nearly a decade of research and at least $70 million spent on engineering and testing, the Navy and Marine Corps are nowhere close to having suitable equipment to detect and breach minefields in shallow waters, dose to the beach. Shallow-water...
War Will Change Industrial Priorities, Says Policy Chief
Defense spending in the United States is likely to grow in the long term, officials said, regardless of the length or the outcome of the war in Afghanistan. The expected boost in Pentagon budgets is good news for the defense industry even though experts...
Washington Pulse
No More `Acquisition Reform Studies' The Defense Department already has conducted 128 studies on acquisition reform. Enough is enough, said Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge. "The problem is...
Who Will Build U.S Army's New Medium-Weight Truck?
The race is on for a multibillion-dollar contract to produce the next generation of trucks and trailers for the U.S. Army's family of medium tactical vehicles. FMTVs are the Army's sturdy 2.5-ton and 5-ton trucks. The 2.5-ton version--traditionally...
Who Will Build U.S. Army's New Medium-Weight Truck?
The race is on for a multibillion-dollar contract to produce the next generation of trucks and trailers for the U.S. Army's family of medium tactical vehicles. FMTVs are the Army's sturdy 2.5-ton and 5-ton trucks. The 2.5-ton version-traditionally called...

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