National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 96, No. 698, January

A Decade of Misguided Procurement Decisions
The past decade serves as cautionary advice for the Defense Department's weapons procurement decision makers, who will need to adapt to an austere budget environment and break the habits learned during the no-questions-asked spending spree of the early...
A Decade of Misguided Procurement Decisions
The past decade serves as cautionary advice for the Defense Department's weapons procurement decision makers, who will need to adapt to an austere budget environment and break the habits learned during the ??-questions-asked spending spree of the early...
Budget Squeeze Could Spur Defense Industry Shakeup
To borrow a line from Casey at the Bat, there is no joy in Mudville. Defense industry executives, with good reason, are experiencing considerable anxiety as Pentagon budget cuts lurk around the corner. The true scope of future cutbacks to weapon...
Budget Woes May Force Homeland Security to Cut Missions
Sequester or no sequester, the Department of Homeland Security is in store for changes, a Senate Appropriations Committee staffer predicted. The Budget Control Act calls for automatic cuts in 2013, or a sequester, if Congress doesn't reach a compromise...
Buried Bombs Can Be Destroyed, but Not Defeated
The weapons of choice of U.S. enemies, improvised explosive devices, are like deadly viruses that mutate in reaction to vaccines. They cannot be wiped out, only temporarily thwarted. "I liken the IED a little bit to malaria," said the Army's Chief...
Challenges Persist with Nonlethal Technology
MARINE CORPS BASE QUAN - TICO, Va.--Even for rough-and-tumble Marines, killing the enemy is not always the most prudent plan of action. Shooting the wrong person could compromise trust among local populations and in certain cases lethal force has landed...
Coast Guard Stakes Its Future on National Security Cutters
The focal point of U.S. Coast Guard acquisition reform and recapitalization remains the National Security Cutter. The NSC is one of the Coast Guard's major contributions to the nation's fleet. As such, the Navy may want to look at the Legend-class...
Cutting Costs Does Not Require Cutting Compliance
Defense contractors face tremendous cost pressures as government customers face huge budget cuts. While defense budget reductions are inevitable, the extent and nature of proposed cuts varies by hundreds of millions of dollars and impacts all budget...
DARPA to Turn Humans into Passwords
Computer users perceive cyberspace to be so dangerous that they often lock themselves out of their own systems because they have created passwords too long and complex to remember. To jog their memory, users write passwords on sticky notes that can...
DHS Science and Technology Directorate Faces near Annihilation
The budget being proposed by the House for the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is so bare bones it would essentially terminate most of the research and development in the department the head of the division said....
Inkjet Printers Prepare for War
The U.S. military has tried countless ways to fight the use of improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here's another one: Inkjet printers. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a prototype wireless sensor...
Largest U.S. Shipbuilder Sees Long-Term Challenges
The United States faces a strategic choice of whether it wants to maintain its shipbuilding industrial base, says Mike Petters, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the nation's largest military shipbuilder. The...
Looking for Cybersecurity Experts? Check the Jails and Art Schools
Are cybersecurity experts born or made? It's a question that recruiters are asking more frequently as the nation faces a shortage of technically savvy network security operators. Civilian agencies, the military, the intelligence community and...
Marines' Beloved Chopper Replacement at Risk
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C.--Already dressed in their green flight suits, two Marine corporals are hours away from trading in their forty-something helicopters for a faster, meaner version--as if they were handing in the keys to a classic...
Military Academies Look to Fill Nation's Cybersecurity Gaps
The rise of all things cybersecurity has been accompanied by a collective groaning that there is a shortage of personnel skilled enough to protect critical government and military networks. The Defense Department is under constant attack from hackers,...
Mini-Flail Robots Readied for Afghanistan Bomb Clearing Operations
The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization will send expendable robots to Afghanistan next year that can move ahead of dismounted troops and destroy hidden bombs. HDT Robotics of Fredericksburg, Va., responded to a JIEDDO announcement...
Mini-Flail Robots Readied for Afghanistan Bomb Clearing Operations
* The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization will send expendable robots to Afghanistan next year that can move ahead of dismounted troops and destroy hidden bombs.HDT Robotics of Fredericksburg, Va., responded to a JIEDDO announcement...
Rise of Smartphones May Sound Death Knell for Old Push-to-Talk Radios
Push-to-talk radios--as generations of U.S. troops have known them--are on their way out. Handing an infantryman a device the size and shape of a brick that can only perform one task, voice communications, may soon be akin to issuing him a musket....
Soldiers Skeptical of Smartphones in Combat
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M.--Three soldiers hunkered down behind a small ridge of dirt and rocks, are taking cover out in an open desert landscape. One cautiously peered out over the horizon, while another looked into the distance through a...
Some Clarity on Budgets Emerges, but Industrial Base Outlook Remains Murky
The way ahead for the defense budget is shaping up to be a two-step process. The Defense Department's 2013-2017 program objective memorandum (POM) has been constructed without reference to the sequester which was triggered by the failure of the Super...
Some Clarity on Budgets Emerges, but Industrial Base Outlook Remains Murky
The way ahead for the defense budget is shaping up to be a two-step process.The Defense Department's 2013-2017 program objective memorandum (POM] has been constructed without reference to the sequester which was triggered by the failure of the Super...
Space Command Looks to Fill Communication Gaps as Budgets Tighten
"Doing more without more," the mantra coming from the office of the secretary of defense--is a challenge for the Air Force as it tries to keep pace with growing demands for its satellite communications. "Despite the reduced budgets, we are seeing...
U.S. Should Invest in Truly Unconventional Forms of Warfare
Cyber-attacks are now recognized as the newest form of nontraditional warfare that U.S. enemies can employ effectively. But other varieties of non-military warfare are being waged against the United States, and have been given less attention. China,...
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