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Articles from Vol. 89, No. 615, February

Advanced Communications Net Debuts with 3rd Infantry Division
An obsolete analog communications network-plagued by spotty coverage, limited bandwidth and poor connectivity-is being replaced by a more capable commercial system in reorganized Army divisions.At the same time, Army planners are seeking less expensive...
Aerial Prowess Tested at 'Virtual Flag'
The U.S. Air Force is entering the last preparation phase for a mammoth weeklong training exercise, called Virtual Flag. Scheduled to take place in March, the event is intended to bring together simulations and live exercises conducted by the Air...
Army Allots Additional Funds to Fix, Modernize Truck Fleet
With a boost of at least $2 billion in the Army's budget for tactical trucks, officials are grappling with how best to strike the right balance between immediate and future needs. Military trucks once were the redheaded stepchildren of the defense...
Army Boosts Production of Security Vehicle
Responding to the growing insurgency in Iraq, the Army is accelerating production of an armored car that originally was designed for military police patrols. The Army has increased its purchases of the M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle, with...
Army Not Sold on Commercial Trucks
The Army's Detroit-based research branch for years has tried to convince service leaders that they should purchase rugged commercial pickup trucks to supplement the aging fleet of Humvees. Although the Army so far has rejected these proposals, Detroit's...
Army's War-Weary Choppers Get Repairs
To tackle a growing backlog of damaged and worn-out helicopters, the U.S. Army's aviation depots and contractors are operating at full tilt.By early December, at least 464 helicopters back from Iraq and Afghanistan had been returned to combat-ready status,...
Boeing Strengthens, Enhances Ethics Program
In November, NDIA published its newly approved code of ethics. One example of a corporation that has taken a comprehensive look at its entire ethics program is the Boeing Company. Boeing has strengthened and enhanced its ethics program, particularly...
Coast Guard Strives to Move Ahead on Modernization
KICK STARTING DEEPWATERNearly three years after the U.S. Coast Guard launched the ambitious Deepwater program-aimed at modernizing its aging ships and aircraft-the service is struggling to pick UP the pace of the enormous project. Deepwater is needed...
Coast Guard's Unmanned Aircraft Set for Testing
Prototypes of the Coast Guard's unmanned tilt-rotor aircraft are to be flown in February, according to officials, who add that a number of operational questions remain outstanding. Future use of the system, called Eagle Eye, depends on drafting...
Commandos Help Stop Weapons Smugglers on High Seas
Special operators are playing an active, but low-key part in the proliferation security initiative, which the United States launched in 2003 to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Initially, the initiative included the United States...
Efforts to Deploy Sea Bases Could Draw Lessons from Special Warfare
AS THE U.S. MILITARY ATTEMPTS TO DEVELOP THE technology and doctrine that will allow it to launch and sustain missions solely from the sea, special operations forces have been carrying out such operations on a smaller scale for more than two decades,...
Force under Stress: Gen. Griffin: Army Procurement in Need of Sweeping Changes
The Army's procurement apparatus is undergoing a major reorganization designed to anticipate and satisfy equipment requirements. So says the four-star general who is responsible for supplying troops around the world with everything from helicopter...
Gen. Griffin: Army Procurement in Need of Sweeping Changes
The Army's procurement apparatus is undergoing a major reorganization designed to anticipate and satisfy equipment requirements.So says the four-star general who is responsible for supplying troops around the world with everything from helicopter engines...
Helicopter Overhaul: Army's War-Weary Choppers Get Repairs
To tackle a growing backlog of damaged and worn-out helicopters, the U.S. Army's aviation depots and contractors are operating at full tilt. By early December, at least 464 helicopters back from Iraq and Afghanistan had been returned to combat-ready...
Iraqi Special Forces Need More Training, Equipment
IRAQI COMMANDO UNITS, KNOWN AS SPECIAL FORCES, continue to be hampered by equipment and training shortcomings, a Washington think tank expert contends. "The effort to create special forces in Iraq was rather slow," Anthony Cordesman, with the Center...
Kick Starting Deepwater: Coast Guard Strives to Move Ahead on Modernization
Nearly three years after the U.S. Coast Guard launched the ambitious Deepwater program--aimed at modernizing its aging ships and aircraft--the service is struggling to pick up the pace of the enormous project. Deepwater is needed urgently, according...
Letters
Truck ArmorI enjoyed the December 2004 article, "Survival in Combat Zones Requires 'Layers' of Protection," but I can't resist two comments:It is not the value of the vehicle to be protected that dictates the type of armor but the allowable weight of...
Maritime Anti-Terrorism at the Crossroads of National Security and Homeland Defense
A Los Angeles-class attack submarine gets tinder way on a crisp winter morning from Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., It is heading to sea for a deployment that will eventually take the boat into the Northern Atlantic. As the vessel clears...
Military Officials Warn Al Qaeda Determined to Attack with Wmd
AL QAEDA AND OTHER EXTREMIST groups are seeking to acquire and use a variety of weapons of mass destruction against the United States, U.S. military officials asserted. Most attacks probably would be small-scale, incorporating improvised delivery systems...
Military Rivalries Rekindled over 'Roles and Missions'
The military services have proved that they can be team players in combat and work together toward common goals. The collegial spirit seen on the front lines, however, typically does not translate into affable negotiations at the Pentagon's budget...
New Rules for Clearances Included in Intel Reform
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004--which President Bush now is preparing to implement--mandates a comprehensive shake-up of the nation's intelligence community. The law is reflects many of the recommendations of the independent...
Report Calls for Transparent Bio-Attack Funding
The effort to protect the United States from biological attacks has received considerable attention and money from the federal government, but those funds could be much better applied, according to a report by the Chemical and Biological Arms Control...
Report Calls for Transparent Bio-Attack Funding
The effort to protect the United States from biological attacks has received considerable attention and money from the federal government, but those funds could be much better applied, according to a report by the Chemical and Biological Arms Control...
Retiring Kiowas Will Find Home in Law Enforcement
The Army's OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter will see an active retirement when it is replaced by a future armed reconnaissance helicopter, according to the program manager for scout and attack helicopters. After the war, they could end up in the hands...
Seek and Destroy: Military Officials Warn Al Qaeda Determined to Attack with WMD
AL QAEDA AND OTHER EXTREMIST groups are seeking to acquire and use a variety of weapons of mass destruction against the United States, U.S. military officials asserted. Most attacks probably would be small-scale, incorporating improvised delivery systems...
Sharper Focus on Special Operators Seen Worldwide
SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES AROUND THE world are being molded in the image of the elite military units of the United States, a development that is likely to shape future coalitions. Critics warn, however, that U.S. commando units may not make an ideal...
Simulator Helps Aircraft Recognize Missile Threats
THE THREAT OF ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES IN IRAQ AND Afghanistan has not only spurred development of cargo aircraft countermeasures, but also has prompted the deployment of a simulator that is winning the praise of aircrews who have trained on the system....
Soldiers Learn Hazards of War in Virtual Reality
The U.S. Army is testing the utility of a web-based training technology that lets soldiers share their combat experiences with troops preparing to deploy. The so-called "asymmetric warfare virtual training technology" is the military version of...
Special Operations Recreated in Afghanistan Battle Simulation
SPECIAL FORCES' INFLUENCE ON COMBAT OPERATIONS is taking center stage as simulation designers reconstruct one of the century's first "transformational" battles--the fight for Mazar e-Sharif. During the campaign, an initial insertion of a dozen soldiers...
Special Operators' Training Relies on High-Quality Images
SPECIAL OPERATORS INCREASINGLY ARE RELYING ON simulations to rehearse missions at the drop of a hat, but technology is not yet up to par with their need for fast processors and high-fidelity images. Therefore, the U.S. Special Operations Command...
Speed of Light: Advanced Communications Net Debuts with 3rd Infantry Division
An obsolete analog communications network--plagued by spotty coverage, limited bandwidth and poor connectivity--is being replaced by a more capable commercial system in reorganized Army divisions. At the same time, Army planners are seeking less...
Strategists Learn Non-Violent Warfare Tactics
A Pro-democracy group has sponsored a free video game designed to teach political activists how to plan and execute strategic non-violent warfare. Strategic non-violent warfare sounds like an oxymoron, but its practitioners say it is the most effective...
Top Pentagon Leaders to Participate in Enterprise Integration Conference
The Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) is working with the Defense Department's chief information office to provide government officials an industry perspective on a number of issues. Specifically, AFEI will assist in examining the department's...
Transportation Command Searches for Ways to Expedite Troop Rotations
In an attempt to accelerate the movement of troops in and out of Iraq, the U.S. Transportation Command is reorganizing its operations and adopting new web-based technology to help synchronize the complex logistics effort. With thousands of troops...
Truck Armor Kits Could Be Improved, Says Army Tester
The dramatic surge in the number and intensity of attacks against U.S. military vehicles in Iraq has prompted a rethinking of the Army's approach to armoring trucks, officials said. While the Army continues to apply steel armor to thousands of trucks,...
U.S. Must Not Lose Manufacturing Edge
In business, competition is the name of the game. Many U.S companies, including major defense contractors, have enjoyed much success in the global marketplace, but there are reasons to be concerned about the future of our nation's industrial base,...
Wars Taking Air Commandos into Uncharted Territory
Air Force Commandos Are Adapting To The emerging difficulties of fighting counterinsurgency wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the U.S. global war on terrorism, said Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley. Wooley, who heads the Air Force Special Operations...
Washington Pulse
MEDIA BLAMED FOR PENTAGON 'GROUPTHINK'Asked to comment on news reports that the Defense Department plans to cut weapons program budgets, the Army's top acquisition executive, Claude M. Bolton, replied that he does not read newspapers and he shuns the...
Web-Based WMD Tool Kit Unveiled
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency recently released a web-based program that incorporates a handful of weapons of mass destruction related simulations and modeling programs into a one-stop location, officials said. "The goal is to push the DTRA...
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