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Articles from Vol. 85, No. 562, September

Air War in Korea: F-86 Sabres vs. MiG-15s
David LL. Silbergeld Another Interplay & Empire Interactive Simulation winner is MiG Alley, the Korean War and the 1950s, with dogfights over MiG Alley. Forget the guided missiles of today. This is where the Cold War aces and top guns were...
Air War in Korea: F-86 Sabres vs. MiG-15s
Another Interplay & Empire Interactive Simulation winner is MiG Alley, the Korean War and the 1950s, with dogfights over MiG Alley. Forget the guided missiles of today. This is where the Cold War aces and top guns were born. Skill comes out on top...
Army Approaches Decision on Interim Combat Vehicle
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki's vision for a lighter, more deployable force--needed to fight rapidly developing regional wars, such as Kosovo--is beginning to assume a recognizable form on the dusty fields of military bases around the country....
Bradley Fighting Vehicle Getting New Eyes
Sensors shared across platforms to save on maintenance and repair expenses The Bradley fighting vehicle, which transports U.S. Army infantry and cavalry troops, operates alongside the Abrams main battle tank and provides the firepower to support...
Brass Tracks
Government The president has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Scott A. Fry for assignment as director, Joint Staff. Fry currently is serving as director for operations, J3, Joint Staff. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Peter Pace will be promoted to general, with...
Chemical Industry Garments Adapted for First-Responders
Researchers are discovering that protective garments designed to keep industrial-chemical workers safe in the workplace, also can protect local first-responders--firefighters, emergency medical teams and law enforcement personnel--in cases of hazardous-material...
Commandant Reassigns 3,500 Marines to 'Traditional' Duties
The commandant of the Marine Corps is pulling 3,500 alive-duty troops from non-- combat positions next month, in order to strengthen the war-fighting ranks. This move is part of Gen. James L. Jones' plan to return as many Marines as possible to "traditional"...
Common Standards Sought for Chem-Bio Protective Equipment
A one-year-old federal joint-agency pilot program-called the National Protection Center (NPC)-aims to provide common standards for protective clothing and equipment for local fire, rescue workers and law enforcement personnel, who would be called in...
Current Weapon Procurement Plan Unaffordable, Says Jones
The Defense Department cannot afford to pay for all the new weapon programs that the four military services want in the foreseeable future, said Gen. James L. Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps. "I think that if you look at the things we are...
DotComs Spar for Military Attention
Military buffs, veterans, or anyone interested in national defense affairs now have access to two major Web sites that offer one-stop Internet browsing. These sites--Maingate.com and Military.com--mostly re-package information that is available...
Energy Department to Revert to Stricter Security Practices
Following a string of security breaches that have placed it under intense scrutiny, the Department of Energy, which handles more than 400 metric tons of weapons-grade special nuclear material, plans to revert to some of its old ways of protecting classified...
Haiti: 'How-Not-To' Lesson in Peacekeeping
When the United States invaded Haiti in 1994, Bob Shacochis covered the invasion and the occupation that followed. His stories appeared in publications such as Harper's Magazine and The Washington Post. Now, Shacochis' experiences in Haiti have culminated...
Infantry Weapons Get Accuracy On-the-Move
The most fundamental job of a soldier is to be able to shoot, move and communicate. To shoot on the move is even better. Although advanced combat vehicles have improved technology that enables shooting on the move, much of that technology has yet...
Inspired Presidential Leadership Needed to Set Defense Priorities
Recently, I was invited to appear on national television to comment on the state of the U.S. defense industrial base. The interviewer asked several questions concerning NDIA's position on defense spending. But then, he specifically asked me to say...
Land-Warrior Follow-On Planned for '04
Army researchers are seeking funds to develop next-generation infantry equipment that would be 45 percent lighter and significantly more efficient than the current "land-warrior" system. The project, if approved, would involve a three-year technology...
'Lean' Manufacturing Offers Remedy to Spare-Parts Crisis
The principles of "lean manufacturing," which were adopted by the automotive industry in the 1970s, could prove useful to the Defense Department's ongoing efforts to obtain spare parts more quickly and at lower prices. For the Pentagon, this could...
Marine Corps Sprucing Up Its Light Armored Vehicles
While the Army steps up its search for a combat vehicle that can be deployed quickly for use in small-scale conflicts and peacekeeping missions, the Marine Corps is working to upgrade and extend the service life of just such a platform that it has...
Mini Body Sensors Alert Commanders of Combat Wounds
As the Army lays out its strategy for modernizing combat vehicles and weapons for future wars, it also must focus on improving casualty-treatment technologies, said Maj. Robert M. Wildzunas, who works at the Army's Medical Research Materiel Command,...
Missile Defenses "Are in Our Future," Says U.S. Arms Control Official
Russia and China need to come to terms with the likelihood that the United States eventually will build a missile defense system of some sort, John D. Holum, the State Department's senior advisor for arms control and international security, told a...
New Army Training Site Aims for Realism
Facility is designed to teach combat-vehicle crews to fight in crowded cities In the early morning light, U.S. soldiers, part of a NATO force, assault the village. Snipers--fundamentalist Islamic rebels hidden behind parked cars, in apartment buildings...
New Server to Speed Access to Information for Emergency Response
Battelle, a research and development company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has been named to design a user-friendly web-based sewer to speed up access to information for civilian emergency-response teams responding to domestic terrorist attacks....
Personal ID Systems Used to Protect Data
On October 30, 1938, Mars attacked. Or so many radio listeners believed, as Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater of the Air put on a production of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds." This drove millions of Americans into a frenzy. Some tried to get...
Pilots: Prepare for Interplay's Super Hornet
David LL. Silbergeld If Jane's F/A-18 was first in the line-up of tomorrow's jets (Digital Marketplace, National Defense Magazine, May 2000, p.40), then get ready for Interplay's Super Hornet. This high-resolution game offers the simulation pilot...
Pilots: Prepare for Interplay's Super Hornet
If Jane's F/A-18 was first in the line-up of tomorrow's jets (Digital Marketplace, National Defense Magazine, May 2000, p.40), then get ready for Interplay's Super Hornet. This high-resolution game offers the simulation pilot with viable moving-control...
Readersforum
Business Difficulties This is in reference to "Defense Rhetoric at Odds with Business Reality" (Inside Track, July 2000, p.6). Bregman & Company Inc. is a woman-owned small business. We believe that we are the best environmental consulting...
Readers Forum
Business Difficulties This is in reference to "Defense Rhetoric at Odds with Business Reality" (Inside Track, July 2000, p.6). Bregman & Company Inc. is a woman owned small business. We believe that we are the best environmental consulting firm in...
Scientists Weave Spider Silk into New Bulletproof Vests
A product that spiders have been crafting for perhaps 400 million years is being developed to protect military and law enforcement personnel. The material is spider-dragline filament, from which arachnids spin their webs. It is one of the strongest...
Top Marine Endorses Both Large and Small Tilt-Rotor Aircraft
All four U.S. military services should consider replacing conventional helicopters with tilt-rotor aircraft, said Gen. James L. Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps. Jones is an avid supporter of the Marine Corps' V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which...
Twenty-Ton Combat Vehicle Slated for 2012
Technologies to focus on lethality, survivability and hybrid power systems On April 15, 2003, Army officials plan to brief the chief of staff on the outcome of a three-year effort to design a new combat vehicle. But in a departure from previous...
U.S. 'Paper Aircraft' Spawning Trade Wars
The U.S. joint Strike Fighter is not scheduled to start rolling off the assembly line for at least a decade. But it already is viewed as a threat to European fighter aircraft programs. To be sure, the JSF has not entered any fighter competitions...
Washington Pulse
How to Get a Lamer Fleet The only way that the U.S. Navy is going to bet a larger fleet is for proponents to make their case clearly and forcefully to the general public, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, told a recent forum...
WID Updates Its Mission, Vision and Goals
Did you know that the membership of Women In Defense (WID) has increased by 15 percent during the last year? In a continuing effort to modify programs to meet the needs of our members--new and old--the WID Board of Directors has updated the organization's...
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