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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 685, January

Air Force Tells Biofuels Industry to 'Bring It'
The Air Force within the next five years wants to be able to go on a shopping spree to snap up several hundred million gallons of alternative fuels produced within U.S. borders. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the Defense Department's largest gas-guzzling...
Army's Ground Combat Vehicle Stirs Confusion in Industry
The Army plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next several years on the design of a new "infantry fighting vehicle." With new big-ticket military programs becoming increasingly scarce, this would normally qualify as great news for contractors....
Beam Me Up Some Power
Troops on the ground increasingly are relying on small hand-launched aircraft to track enemy fighters in Afghanistan. The problem with those battery-powered systems is that they can only fly for short periods of time before their energy supply becomes...
Brett Lambert: Pentagon Buying Rules Stifle Innovation, Drive Up Costs
The U.S. military is saddled with aging technology and is in dire need of modernizing. But the Pentagon's inability to tap into the innovation of commercial markets is a huge impediment that is not only inhibiting technological progress but is also...
Commandant: Coast Guard Suffering under Strain of Tight Budgets
The Coast Guard's new commandant has a familiar message for industry, Congress and the president of the United States. It is the same message carried by previous commandants and one that comes second nature to Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the leader...
Critics of Defense Acquisition May Be Aiming at the Wrong Targets
The U.S. Army is the best equipped in the world. Yet the acquisition work force is continually vilified by the Defense Department's senior leadership, laments Col. John "Buck" Surdu, military deputy at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering...
Customs and Border Protection Revamps Acquisition Strategy
The man charged with putting Customs and Border Protection's house in order when it comes to its technology acquisition programs said simply transferring Defense Department practices over to the Department of Homeland Security doesn't always work....
Cyberattacks Reaching New Heights of Sophistication
PLANO, Texas -- In January 2010, security experts discovered that the crown jewels of U.S. information technology computer codes may have been stolen in a highly sophisticated case of cyberespionage. In April, China hijacked an uncountable amount of...
Cyberattacks Reaching New Heights of Sophistication
PLANO, Texas - In January 2010, security experts discovered that the crown jewels of U.S. information technology computer codes may have been stolen in a highly sophisticated case of cyberespionage In April, China hijacked an uncountable amount of Internet...
Defense Department Embraces STEM Education Outreach
The Defense Deaprtment hires more scientists and engineers, and sponsors more research and development projects than any other federal employer. It also faces more challenges for retaining and attracting its work force than private sector employers....
Launching Malware Is Just a Few Clicks Away
PLANO, Texas -- How easy is it to enslave someone's computer? "All you have to know is how to click," said McAfee Labs Research and Communications Director Dave Marcus. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To prove that point, McAfee has set up a demonstration...
Marine Corps' Vehicle Buyers Turn to Auto Industry for Inspiration
Sorry, marines, you're not going to get Mustang convertibles for the battlefield. But expeditionary F-150 trucks? Well, maybe. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Lt. Gen. George Flynn, the commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command,...
Military Expected to Share Airwaves as Wireless Market Explodes
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Wireless killer applications began with email, moved onto texting, then to web-surfing. Live video chat is expected to grow in popularity as 4G networks spread across the United States. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Where will all...
Navy Takes Biofuels Campaign into Uncharted Waters
Energy is ammunition. These three words are creeping back into the speech of commanders today. It is a concept that has guided the armed forces before. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Military leaders more than 60 years ago could see the potential...
New Executive Pay Rules Go into Effect
The comment period recently ended for an interim rule, "Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards" (FAR Case 2008-039), which implements the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (Pub. L. 109 282 as amended)....
Out-of-Synch Satellite and Terminal Programs Cost Pentagon Millions
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A poster child for Defense Department waste is currently making its way to orbit. The first Advanced-Extremely High Frequency communications satellite was launched Aug. 14, and because of a problem firing its motor in the boost...
Outsourcing U.S. Defense: National Security Implications
Catch-22:A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions. The classic and satirical book and movie, Catch-22, perfectly describes the dilemma confronting the...
Problems in U.S. Munitions Sector Illustrate Challenges for Industrial Base
As the defense sector heads toward a future of flat or declining budgets, the health of the industrial base and its critical capabilities becomes a prime concern. It is not yet apparent that senior policy makers have begun to assess what industrial...
Problems in U.S. Munitions Sector Illustrate Challenges for Industrial Base
* As the defense sector heads toward a future of flat or declining budgets, the health of the industrial base and its critical capabilities becomes a prime concern.It is not yet apparent that senior policy makers have begun to assess what industrial...
Robots Become Nuclear Site's Junkyard Dogs'
The new security guard at a famous nuclear testing site north of Las Vegas may lack heart, but it has enough brainpower to keep intruders away from government secrets buried on the property. Eventually a team of robots will patrol sensitive remote...
Robots Become Nuclear Site's 'Junkyard Dogs'
The new security guard at a famous nuclear testing site north of Las Vegas may lack heart, but it has enough brainpower to keep intruders away from government secrets buried on the property.Eventually a team of robots will patrol sensitive remote locations...
Transportation Security Card to Come under Microscope Again
The Accountability said it will release a detailed report on the transportation worker identification credential in February, which will include the results of covert testing at port facilities. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The requirement for the...
U.S. Military Headed the Way of Detroit?
The Pentagon is not designing any futuristic fighter jets. Teens' videogame consoles have more computing power than the military's most advanced precision-guided munitions. Much of the software used on military computers looks like a 1970s Atari...
Weighed Down by Heavy Hardware, Marine Brigades Go on a Diet
Shortly after being sworn in as commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos drew up an extensive to-do list as part of the "planning guidance" that lays out his vision for the future. About halfway down the list is a directive to "lighten the...
You Want Government to Spend More Wisely? Give It Less Money
Fiscal responsibility is the mantra du jour in Washington. The government's biggest spenders--the Pentagon and defense agencies--are slowly coming to grips with the realization that lean times are indeed coming. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Within...
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