National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 84, No. 555, February

Air Force Commandos Don't See New Aircraft on Horizon
The Air Force Special Operations Command anticipates that it will need a new medium-lift plane in-the future, possibly to replace the venerable C-130 Hercules. Although the command currently is satisfied with the performance of the Hercules, it expects...
At 51, Bomb and Warhead Unit Keeps Up with Times
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE As the United States enters the third millennium, conventional weapon designs and delivery systems have evolved to a level of sophistication that makes the word "bomb" seem as old fashioned as the term "buggy whip." Modern weapons...
A Word for NDIA's Vice President of Operations
ABOUT THE 3RD ANNUAL NDIA MEETINGS GUIDE Dear NDIA Members: Did you ever think about the value of your NDIA membership? How much is it worth to you and your company? I don't mean the membership dues. Rather, I mean the return to you on this investment....
China Plans to Bolster Information Security Efforts, Attache Says
INDRUSTRY FOCUS China's Defense Attach@, Maj. Gen. Gong Xianfu, recently sought to assure a Washington D.C. audience that reports about China's use of information warfare have been "exaggerated." Gong, accompanied by members of his staff, made an unusual...
Contract Bundling Debate Reaches Capitol Hill
INSIDE SMALL BUSINESS The increasingly popular practice of "bundling" government contracts continues to be a controversial issue among small and large businesses, particularly those that do business with the Pentagon. Bundling means that several small...
Defense Budget under Pressure in Fiscal '01
GOVERNMENT POLIcy NOTES Defense Appropriations The budget situation is not likely to improve in fiscal year 2001, despite congressional success in meeting the fiscal year 2000 budget caps. This effort was made possible only through various budgeting...
Document Conversion: A Business That Keeps Growing
In the ever-advancing information technology arena, many government and industry entities are seeking archiving methods for keeping track of historical records and secure information. Document conversion increasingly is being used to transform physical...
Elite Fighters Turn to Peacekeeping
Special operations troops gain critical role in U.S. foreign policy U.S. special operations forces have a wellestablished role as the nation's unconventional fighters, who often tackle dangerous and sensitive combat assignments. Increasingly, however,...
Energy Department's Planned Security Reforms Suffer Funding Cuts
TECHNOLOGY NEWS The Energy Department's efforts to reform its security procedures in the aftermath of a Chinese spy scandal are being delayed by a congressional funding cut, according to the department's security director, retired Air Force Gen. Eugene...
Export Policy Impasse Far from Over
During the next several months, a group of government agencies and industry organizations will work on a proposal to modernize the 'export license-application process for defense equipment. Sources said this could happen in about a year or two. Essentially,...
Industry Titans Vying for Early Lead in Cargo Aircraft Markets
Global aerospace suppliers have begun sketching new transport aircraft designs [aimed to fulfill expected future needs for advanced, medium-lift platforms. Companies are pitching their concepts to the Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Army in an attempt...
Info-Tech Industry Bolsters U.S. Clout
CONGRESSMAN CALLS FOR MORE TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN Electronic commerce has been heralded by some as the biggest industrial revolution since the railroad. Conducting business online rapidly is becoming a way of life. Whether people are purchasing...
Investments in Global Networks Yield Huge Payoffs, Says Exec
Private sector information technology will grow faster than the U.S. Defense Department's, said an industry executive. "Clearly, the information technology budgets of the United States federal government are not going to be growing at the rates that...
Lightening the U.S. Army: Here We Go Again
POINT OF VIEW Plans recently announced by the Army chief of staff to make heavy forces lighter and light forces more lethal are seen as a significant challenge. But in fact, the Army has had about two decades to consider this challenge. One attempt to...
Military Aid to Israel Could Skyrocket If Peace Agreement Is Reached
PENTAGON REPORT How much is peace in the Middle East going to cost the United States? This fact remains one of the many unanswered questions that arose during the recent U.S.-brokered Israeli-Syrian peace talks held in Shepherdstown, WVa. An Israeli...
National Guard Modernization Pegged to Emerging Missions
Significant business opportunities are open to contractors seeking to supply equipment and services to National Guard units in the United States, senior officials said recently. The Guard has a $12 billion budget and is looking to modernize its arsenal....
Navy, Air Force Simulations Adapt to Skill Level
DIGITAL MARKETPLACE A real-time Naval task force-level simulation, Jane's Fleet Command, covers (the complete soectrum of modern naval warfare-from submarines to surface ships and aircraft-and includes the navies of 16 nations. It comes from the people...
NDIA Planning Shaped by Changes in Industry and the Internet
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE As you read this, we will be well into a strategic planning effort ihere at NDIA. This effort is led by an ad-hoc committee of our board of directors, who are taking time from their busy schedules to provide us advice on the future....
Pentagon Use of Commercial Technology: A Double-Edged Sword
PENTAGON REPORT The growing reliance by the Defense Department on commercial computer hardware and software has not made Pentagon networks more vulnerable to intrusions, said the incoming Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers....
Readers Forum
U.S. Exit from Panama As the former Panama Analyst for the U.S. Southern Command, it was with great interest that I read your article, "U.S. Exit From Panama Challenged" (December 1999, p. 22). In general, your article was balanced and well researched....
Reservists Need More High-Tech Training
COMMENTARY Remote logistics support could assist both active and reserve troops The U.S. military reserve componentscurrently about 1.4 million men and women-are facing relatively the same stress as the comparably sized active force, Their peacetime...
Rules of Cyber War Baffle U.S. Government Agencies
ANALYSIS Current and future actions by governments around the world in response to attacks on their computer systems are being watched closely by experts and policy makers. In the United States, particularly, these developments will become part of what...
Shelton Calls for Additional Base Closures
The United States needs to close more military bases in order to make the most efficient use of a lean defense budget, Army Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a recent luncheon meeting of the Washington, D.C., Chapter...
Special Operations Aviators Await Tilt-Rotor Deliveries
he newest member of the Special Operations Command's aviation family, the CV-22 tilt-rotor, is being hailed by military officials as a cornerstone technology that will have significant and long-term implications for future combat operations. The Osprey...
Tax Trims 'Anathema' to Defense Budget Increases in Future
INDUSTRY FOCUS During a December breakfast meeting in Washington D.C., a senior congressional aide from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) offered a preview of what could be an eventful 2001 budget year. While judiciously avoiding specifics, the...
Washington Pulse
Within weeks, the Pentagon's newest combat aircraft-the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)finally will cease to be a computer model and will try to prove it really can fly. Competing contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin plan to conduct flight demonstrations...
Wealth of Useful Data in Jane's New Releases
DIGITAL MARKETPLACE The U.K.-based publisher, Jane's, recently unveiled a real winner in a new product: the Balkans Handbook. It is an extraordinary publication covering everything most people would ever want to know about the conflict in the Balkans,...

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