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Articles from Vol. 87, No. 586, September

Airborne Laser Program Looks Ahead to '04 Test
The anti-missile system known as the Airborne Laser is receiving several upgrades, in preparation for a 2004 flight test. While the system--based on a Boeing 747 jet--is designed to shoot down long-range ballistic missiles, the technology also could...
Air Warfare's Holy Grail: A 'Single Integrated Picture'
The Defense Department is spending several hundred million dollars yearly on programs designed to produce a so-called "single integrated air picture." The elusive SlAP would make it possible for all U.S. military services and allies to share a graphic...
Army Contractors Anxiously Await FCS Solicitation
The Army is scheduled, in January, to release a solicitation to industry for the second phase of the Future Combat System, the service's next-generation vehicle. A large number of companies are anxious to participate in this project, which is expected...
Army, Marine Future Vehicle Programs Could Merge by '08
The Army and the Marine Corps plan to meld their combat-vehicle development programs into a single effort within the next decade. Such a combination would be comparable to the Defense Department's Joint Strike Fighter in that its focus would be commonality...
Army Must Set Priorities for 'Objective Force'
Future Combat System could suffer as a result of Pentagon budget crunch Dramatic changes in the composition and character of armies take decades to unfold. Often, initial hardware, organizations and operational concepts are found wanting. In the case...
Army Must Set Priorities for 'Objective Force': Future Combat System Could Suffer as a Result of Pentagon Budget Crunch. (Commentary)
Dramatic changes in the composition and character of armies take decades to unfold. Often, initial hardware, organizations and operational concepts are found wanting. In the case of the U.S. Army's Objective Force and its Future Combat System, everything...
Army Ponders Alternatives to Crusader Gun System
Despite lingering resistance in Congress, the Bush administration is charging ahead with its plans to cancel the Army's controversial, $1 1 billion Crusader artillery system and accelerate development of other ways of providing fire support for future...
Article about U.S.-Euro Rift Makes Splash. (Washington Pulse)
In Policy Review, published by Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Robert Kagen writes about the widening rift in strategic policy thinking between the United Stares and Europe. The article, entitled "Power and Weakness," said that Europeans,...
CDM Re-Certification Program Set for '03. (NDIA News)
To assure that the National Defense Industrial Associations certified professionals remain knowledgeable in the discipline, the Technical Information Division will initiate a re-certification requirement for everyone certified to date. This has been...
Coast Guard Project Aims for Rapid Response
The Coast Guard is aggressively pursuing the modernization of its 30-year old National Distress and Response System. The service said the upgraded system would add significantly to its growing homeland security mission. Three companies-General Dynamics,...
Coast Guard Project Aims for Rapid Response. (Security Beat)
The Coast Guard is aggressively pursuing the modernization of its 30-year old National Distress and Response System. The service said the upgraded system would add significantly to its growing homeland security mission. Three companies--General Dynamics,...
Coast Guard's Deepwater to Be Marketed Worldwide
The U.S. government is laying plans to market the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System Program--a major effort to modernize the service's aging ships, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft-to friendly nations all around the world. The reason:...
Companies Await Guidelines for Next Generation of CEC
Defense Department acquisition officials are expected, this fall, to reveal new details of what could be a multi-service version of the Navy's Cooperative Engagement Capability. CEC is a sensor-netting technology designed to defend naval battle groups...
Ground Robots Experience Bumpy Ride
Top technology challenges are mobility, autonomy and communications Army scientists and researchers predict that ground battlefield robots will play a prominent role in the future force, but today's technology still is not capable of delivering some...
Ground Robots Experience Bumpy Ride: Top Technology Challenges Are Mobility; Autonomy and Communications
Army scientists and researchers predict that ground battlefield robots will play a prominent role in the future force, but today's technology still is not capable of delivering some essential features, such as robots that can navigate autonomously...
Homeland Security Mobilization Requires Greater Coordination
academic viewpoint (This article was adapted from a paper, titled, "Mobilization for Homeland Security: Preparedness, Response and Recovery," written by members of the 2002 class of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University)...
Homeland Security Mobilization Requires Greater Coordination. (Academic Viewpoint)
(This article was adapted from a paper, titled, "Mobilization for Homeland Security: Preparedness, Response and Recovery," written by members of the 2002 class of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University) A combined,...
Incompatible Battle-Command Systems: There's No Easy Fix
The accepted wisdom at the Pentagon today is that the planning and execution of a war would be far smoother if the military services had compatible command-and-control systems. The "transformation" of the military force, as envisioned by the Bush...
Industry Gets Reprieve in '03 Defense Bill
government After receiving strong opposition from the defense industry and the Pentagon, provisions that would have expanded the statutory definition of "core logistics capabilities" have been stricken from both the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal...
Industry Gets Reprieve in '03 Defense Bill. (Government Policy Notes)
After receiving strong opposition from the defense industry and the Pentagon, provisions that would have expanded the statutory definition of "core logistics capabilities" have been stricken from both the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year...
Is Technology Mature Enough for the Future Combat System?
Less than a year away from a major milestone decision for the Army's Future Combat System, there are concerns that critical FCS technologies will not have advanced enough to meet the ambitious deadlines. Some believe that a decision at that time would...
Is Technology Mature Enough for the Future Combat System? (Analysis)
Less than a year away from a major milestone decision for the Arm/s Future Combat System, there are concerns that I critical FCS technologies will nor have advanced enough to meet the ambitious deadlines. Some believe that a decision at that time would...
Markets for Radar Aircraft Remain Robust, Says Boeing
The market for airborne early-warning and control aircraft is expected to grow, as airframes continue to age, said industry officials. The average age of current AEW&C airframes is 17 years. Users of AEW&C platforms are expected to upgrade...
NATO Surveillance Program Seeking Political Momentum
An international industry team led by Northrop Grumman is waiting for a political go-ahead to start the development of NATO'S multibillion-dollar Air Ground Surveillance system. Companies on the team are banking on the Prague Summit in November to...
Prophet Rushed to the Field for Intelligence Collection
The Army's tactical signals-intelligence and electronic-warfare system, the Prophet, has undergone a faster-than-planned development cycle, in order to meet operational needs in Afghanistan. The systems in the field today are not the full "100 percent...
Trade Dispute Puts U.S. Defense Jobs at Risk
president's perspective As the legislative season heads into the home stretch on Capitol Hill, many companies in the defense and aerospace industries will be wondering whether Congress and Bush administration officials can successfully solve an ongoing...
Trade Dispute Puts U.S. Defense Jobs at Risk. (President's Perspective)
As the legislative season heads into the home stretch on Capitol Hill, many companies in the defense and aerospace industries will be wondering whether Congress and Bush administration officials can successfully solve an ongoing international trade...
Transportation Policy Chief Aiming for Higher Efficiency
The transportation of military equipment and supplies to war zones is an elaborate web, and military operators often must trade efficiency for safety, sometimes making soldiers wait for their materials. For that reason, Pentagon policies that affect...
U.S. Companies Exposed to Industrial Espionage
pointofview One of the ironies of the post-Cold War world may well be that intelligence operations directed against the United States have expanded. Just over a decade ago, intelligence collection efforts still focused primarily upon military assets....
U.S. Companies Exposed to Industrial Espionage. (Point of View)
One of the ironies of the post-Cold War world may well be that intelligence operations directed against the United States have expanded. Just over a decade ago, intelligence collection efforts still focused primarily upon military assets. Now, these...
U.S. Future Combat Vehicle Sets Tone for Other Nations
The success or failure of the U.S. Future Combat System could, to a great extent, shape ground-vehicle spending decisions by other nations, experts said. The program is expected to have long-term repercussions on the procurement strategies of key U.S....
Washington Pulse
Weldon Urges U.S.-North Korea Dialogue The United States should work cooperatively with North Korea in order to prevent an armed conflict in the region, said Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Penn. "Kim Jong Il, (president of North Korea) is an evil leader. He has...
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