National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 638, January

Aging Aircraft, War Costs Weigh Heavily in Future Budgets
THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS Committee staffer acknowledged the conundrum the Air Force is facing. His boss, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, "would like to see new platforms being brought on, and one way to bring on new platforms is being able to retire...
Aging Aircraft,War Costs Weigh Heavily in Future Budgets
AIR FORCETHE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS Committee staffer acknowledged the conundrum the Air Force is facing.His boss, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, "would like to see new platforms being brought on, and one way to bring on new platforms is being able to retire...
Aircraft Fleet Modernization Gains Momentum
DURING THE NEXT SIX YEARS, the Army will procure 1,000 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. In addition, the service plans to restore 1,655 Black Hawks, Chinooks, and Apaches as they return from Iraq and Afghanistan. "Army aviation has completed four...
Are Autonomous Naval Vessels the Next Big Wave?
JUST AS DRONES have proliferated in the skies, Navy and industry officials say unmanned systems also will take to the world's waterways in greater numbers."I think there's a lot of growth potential," Capt. Paul Ims, program manager of unmanned maritime...
Army Cash-Flow Troubles Continue despite Hefty Emergency Allowance
FOR THE ARMY, the upcoming budget season is shaping up to be a competition between "boots" and "hardware," even though officials have argued that they should not have to trade one for the other.Ultimately, they may have to, analysts predict. Unless troops...
Army Selects New Winter Gear to Give Troops Edge in Combat
With winter winds now blowing full force in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is preparing to supply its combat troops with a new generation of cold-weather clothing. The improved gear is designed to make them more comfortable--and better able to fight--in...
A Year at War: One Million Pieces of Damaged Equipment
REPAIRS OF WORN-OUT AND WAR-DAMAGED Army equipment are certain to remain a $13 billion to $15 billion-a-year business - if not higher - for the foreseeable future.In 2007 alone, the Army will repair an unprecedented one million pieces of combat hardware...
Companies Must Set and Review Compliance Priorities
Risk management is a critical aspect of any company ethics and compliance program. Corporate self-governance requires vigilance, proactive planning, critical analysis and flagging high-risks. As a new year begins, companies should take the time to...
Defense Forecast: Army Cash-Flow Troubles Continue despite Hefty Emergency Allowance
FOR THE ARMY, the upcoming budget season is shaping up to be a competition between "boots" and "hardware," even though officials have argued that they should not have to trade one for the other. Ultimately, they may have to, analysts predict. Unless...
Fleet Expansion Hinges on Littoral Combat Ship
THE NAVY TOOK ITS NEW warship, the littoral combat ship, from concept to reality in record speed. The service, however, may take years to define the vessel's future missions and develop its various weapon systems.The first of the LCS vessels, the USS...
Host of Problems Mar Transportation Worker Card
CONGRESS HAS DRAWN A LINE on the troubled transportation worker identification credential program. The card's purpose is to ensure that those working in a port or airport facility are not on a terrorist watch list and to verify their identities....
In Memoriam
Lt. Gen. Lawrence F. Skibbie, USA (Ret.), president emeritus, National Defense Industrial AssociationLt. Gen. Lawrence F. Skibbie, U.S. Army ret., president emeritus of the National Defense Industrial Association, died December 10 following a long illness.Gen....
In Memoriam: Lt. Gen. Lawrence F. Skibbie, USA (Ret.), President Emeritus, National Defense Industrial Association
Lt. Gen. Lawrence F. Skibbie, U.S. Army ret., president emeritus of the National Defense Industrial Association, died December 10 following a long illness. Gen. Skibbie was appointed president and chief executive officer of the National Defense...
Investments in Unmanned Aircraft Focus on Ground Operators
CURRENT AND FUTURE PURCHASES OF unmanned aircraft increasingly are taking into account grounds troops' demand for timely intelligence in a user-friendly format. Consequently, the military services are turning more attention and funding to the devices...
Manufacturing Edge Essential to Defense
IT IS HARD TO ENVISION AN INDUSTRY that provides leading-edge military systems without also being a leader in advanced manufacturing. While the U.S. defense industry remains unsurpassed, it faces long-term challenges--one of which is its ability...
Mapping the Future
'Conversation with the Country' yields a cacophony of opinionsNEWPORT, R.I. - All that was missing was Regis Philbin, a couple of lifelines and a million dollar check.At the Navy's first "Conversation with the Country" maritime strategy symposium here...
Mapping the Future: 'Conversation with the Country' Yields a Cacophony of Opinions
NEWPORT, R.I. -- All that was missing was Regis Philbin, a couple of lifelines and a million dollar check. At the Navy's first "Conversation with the Country" maritime strategy symposium here at the Naval War College, handheld polling devices were...
Marine Corps'Vision for the Future Requires More Training,Technology
BEGINNING THIS MONTH, the Marine Corps will start testing a new war-fighting concept aimed at countering unconventional enemies. The technologies that would support it, however, are lagging, officials said.The goal is to disperse small units that would...
Naval War Game Probes Future Enemies
NEWPORT, R.I. - The wargaming department at the Naval War College here has been conducting workshops to help the Navy determine options for a new maritime strategy.One workshop in the fall revealed that the United States' strategic posture could drive...
NDIA Events Calendar
FEBRUARY 1-2 National Security Space Policy and Architecture Symposium Washington, D.C. POC: Emily Brown @ (703) 247-9478 4-6 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference Monterey, Calif. POC: Angie DeKleine @ (703) 247-2599 5-7...
'Not in Our Backyard,' Activists Tell Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
A group of local activists are opposing Lawrence Livermore Laboratory's attempts to win a bid on a Department of Homeland Security bio-defense facility. Tri-Valley CARES, based in Livermore, Calif., has circulated an on-line petition addressed to...
Pacific Dominance: China's Defense Build-Up Merits Closer Attention from Navy, Say Analysts
China has been beefing up its military might, and the rapid growth of its navy, in particular, is creating disagreements in the Defense Department over whether such a build-up ought to be perceived as a threat to U.S. interests in the Pacific. Analysts...
Pentagon, First Responders Share Communications Needs
The military and civilian emergency responder communities share an overlapping need for enhanced communication technologies. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 covers emergency-response personnel from federal, state and local sectors, including specialists...
Rebuilding Efforts Anticipate a Lengthy Fight
QUANTICO, Va. -- The Marine Corps, as it struggles to rebuild, repair or replace its combat-battered equipment, is planning for a conflict that will continue for years to come. "I'm not sure when this war is going to end," said Barry Dillon, the...
Shipbuilding Plan Sailing into Turbulent Seas
CUTBACKS IN PERSONNEL, TRAINING and maintenance costs will fuel a moderate growth in Navy procurement programs starting in 2008, albeit at a slower pace than Navy leaders had forecast a year ago, analysts estimate. The Navy had projected its 2007...
Tanker Procurement Faces Budget Hurdles
A REPLACEMENT FOR THE AIR FORCE'S aging air refueling tanker fleet has been tagged as the service's top procurement priority. If the program gets under way as planned, however, it will face fierce competition from other projects vying for Air Force funds.A...
To Defeat Terrorists, Military Services Must Innovate, Disrupt
BY ANY MEASURE, REFORMING THE half-trillion dollar, 3 million-member Defense Department is one of the largest innovation projects in history. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld led the Pentagon's transformation efforts for nearly six years...
Washington Pulse
SENATORS DIVVY UP TURF ON DEFENSE ISSUESA compromise of sorts apparently has been reached between incoming Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, Carl Levin, D-Mich., and the ranking minority memher, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., over who will take the...
Watching the Waters
Maritime Domain Roadmap Seeks to ID All VesselsA layered sensor network that stretches out to the deep waters of the oceans will be required to track and identify every vessel approaching U.S. shores, according to a draft of the maritime domain awareness...
Watching the Waters: Maritime Domain Roadmap Seeks to ID All Vessels
A layered sensor network that stretches out to the deep waters of the oceans will be required to track and identify every vessel approaching U.S. shores, according to a draft of the maritime domain awareness technology roadmap obtained by National...
Weapon Makers Contend with Decline in U.S. Manufacturing
Manufacturers of military hardware worry that a shortage of skilled labor in the United States is impinging on their ability to deliver high-tech equipment to the Defense Department. The situation progressively has worsened during the past five years,...
While Still at War, Services Brood over 'What's Next?'
ALBERT EINSTEIN SAID IT'S BETTER to never think of the future because it comes soon enough. The business of planning for the future indeed can be scary, especially when it comes to predicting when and where the nation will fight the next war. ...