National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 633, August

Air Defense
Protecting skies over war zones gets tougherThe airspace over Iraqi cities has become a traffic controller's nightmare. And it could get much worse, officials predict.The multitude of surveillance and cargo aircraft flying in war zones there continues...
Air Defense: Protecting Skies over War Zones Gets Tougher
The airspace over Iraqi cities has become a traffic controller's nightmare. And it could get much worse, officials predict. The multitude of surveillance and cargo aircraft flying in war zones there continues to get larger--as it becomes more dangerous...
Air Wars
Navy and Marine Corps fighter squadrons face shortfallsAging airplanes, a shortage of airframes and delays in the multi-service joint strike fighter are forcing the Navy to carefully manage its fleets of F/A-18 Hornets. Meanwhile, the Marine Corps, with...
Air Wars: Navy and Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons Face Shortfalls
Aging airplanes, a shortage of airframes and delays in the multi-service joint strike fighter are forcing the Navy to carefully manage its fleets of F/A-18 Hornets. Meanwhile, the Marine Corps, with an even older and less numerous Hornet fleet, is...
Anti-Bribery Enforcement on the Increase Overseas
U.S. government contractors involved in overseas sales have long recognized the need to comply with the anti-bribery provisions of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the law barring bribery of foreign government officials in order to obtain or...
Association for Enterprise Integration: People-Process-Technology-Information
The Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) is the industry association contributing to understanding the challenges, opportunities and benefits associated with information sharing across and within the extended enterprise. Corporations, universities,...
Combat Drills
Training center simulates Army's digital battle command technology.FORT POLK, La. - A new high-tech facility scheduled to open in March 2007 will allow Army planners to concoct realistic training scenarios for units heading to Iraq. These advanced computer...
Combat Drills: Training Center Simulates Army's Digital Battle Command Technology
PORT POLK, La. -- A new high-tech facility scheduled to open in March 2007 will allow Army planners to concoct realistic training scenarios for units heading to Iraq. These advanced computer networks will connect real-world Army battle-command and...
Combat Drone Project Exposes Pitfalls of Joint-Service Programs
WHEN THE PENTAGON quashed a multibillion-dollar Air Force-Navy combat drone program earlier this year, experts contended this was proof that joint service projects are doomed from the get-go. "Any time you try to design a joint aircraft, there are...
Combat Drone Project Exposes Pitfalls of Joint-Service Programs
WHEN THE PENTAGON quashed a multibillion-dollar Air Force-Navy combat drone program earlier this year, experts contended this was proof that joint service projects are doomed from the get-go."Any time you try to design a joint aircraft, there are challenges,"...
Combat Drones
Clouds on the horizon for pilot-less bombersAfter years of steady growth in funding, development and operational use, unmanned aerial vehicles have begun to rival - and, in some cases, exceed - the capability of manned aircraft.The rapid maturing of...
Combat Drones: Clouds on the Horizon for Pilot-Less Bombers
After years of steady growth in funding, development and operational use, unmanned aerial vehicles have begun to rival--and, in some cases, exceed--the capability of manned aircraft. The rapid maturing of military UAVs into armed unmanned combat...
Combat Search and Rescue
Whose chopper has the right stuff for the Air Force?SUFFOLK, Va. - Three industry teams are competing to produce the Air Forces next-generation combat search and rescue helicopter, dubbed the CSAR-X.The contractor teams - led by Lockheed Martin, Boeing...
Combat Search and Rescue: Whose Chopper Has the Right Stuff for the Air Force?
SUFFOLK, Va.--Three industry teams are competing to produce the Air Force's next-generation combat search and rescue helicopter, dubbed the CSAR-X. The contractor teams--led by Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Sikorksy-- have widely different views of...
Defense Must Sustain Investment in Basic Research
ONE OF THE MAINSTAY SOURCES OF strength of the U.S. military is its ability to continually generate new technologies, both for current and future battlefields. Key to this technological edge is the steady investment the Defense Department has made...
Disjointed Defense Simulation Programs Prompt Reorganization
The increasing demand for virtual training and war gaming has prompted the Defense Department to reorganize how it manages modeling and simulation. Ongoing efforts to integrate disparate modeling and simulation work reflect growing pressures on...
Global Industrial Trends Spell Doom for Defense
THE WELL-PUBLICIZED INTENT OF the U.S. military to remain on technology's cutting edge appears to overlook the predictions of the Pentagon's own soothsayers, who warn that the Defense Department soon may be unable to acquire critical microelectronics....
Government Policy
The following divisions are overseen by NDIA's Vice President for Government Policy, Peter M. Steffes. Government Policy Advisory Division The Government Policy Advisory Division is responsible for developing and implementing the association's...
Homeland Security Mission Creates More Complications
While the Defense Department has struggled for years to create a net-centric world where information flows seamlessly to those who need it, communicating with federal, state and local agencies in times of domestic crisis is creating even bigger headaches....
How Big Is Big Brother?
AS THE NATION DEBATES how far the National Security Agency can or should go in the realm of domestic eavesdropping, two noted professors have cautioned against giving the secretive organization too much credit. Steven Bellovin, a computer science...
How Big Is Big Brother?
AS THE NATION DEBATES how far the National Security Agency can or should go In the realm of domestic eavesdropping, two noted professors have cautioned against giving the secretive organization too much credit.Steven Bellovin, a computer science professor...
Information Miscues Lead to Bad Targeting Decisions
The military services' inability to access and share data has led to some tactical mistakes on the battlefield that could have been prevented, an intelligence official told a recent industry conference. "We have bombed things we shouldn't have bombed....
Info-Warfare
Small steps taken in long quest for net-centric militaryThe vision has been out there for a long time: a network-centric world where information among military programs or branches can be accessed by commanders or decision makers in a timely manner.Every...
Info-Warfare: Small Steps Taken in Long Quest for Net-Centric Military
The vision has been out there for a long time: a network-centric world where information among military programs or branches can be accessed by commanders or decision makers in a timely manner. Every year, chief information officers, intelligence...
Investigative Agencies Portrayed as Bitter Rivals
"Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic," is an expression heard often in Washington in recent months, usually in reference to plans to reorganize the Department of Homeland Security. Plans to remove the Federal Emergency Management Agency from...
Investigative Agencies Portrayed as Bitter Rivals
"Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic," is an expression heard often in Washington in recent months, usually in reference to plans to reorganize the Department of Homeland Security.Plans to remove the Federal Emergency Management Agency from DHS...
Jordanian Facility to Train Regional and International Forces
PARIS -- Ground has been broken in Jordan to begin construction on one of the world's most comprehensive anti-terrorism training facilities. The King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, based 20 kilometers northeast of Amman, will feature...
Loaded with Aging Planes, Air Force Gears Up for Surge in Repair Work
Despite strict mandates to cut thousands of jobs, the Air Force Materiel Command has ambitious plans to modernize its maintenance depots and become less dependent on contractors to repair and upgrade aircraft. Gen. Bruce Carlson, AFMC commander,...
National Training and Simulation Association
Companies in the simulation, training, mission planning/rehearsal and support services industry are represented through membership in the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), an affiliate of NDIA since 1992. NTSA provides the training,...
Navy Deeds in West Africa Aim to Curb Terrorism, Secure Access to Oil
Worries about the expansion of Islamic extremist groups in Western Africa and the growing influence of China have spurred U.S. military presence there, particularly along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. One of the most recent initiatives to strengthen...
NDIA Committees & Divisions
Division Review Council Members: Joseph S. Bravman Satelink Technologies, Inc. Dale W. Church Mechanical Technologies Inc. Timothy B. Fleischer Radian, Inc. Nathaniel Friends AT&T Corporation Robert Ken Guest Orion...
Pot of Gold
Overseas companies adapting to U.S. market needsPARIS - With current commitments driving the high demand for military equipment, foreign companies perceive the U.S. defense market to be the proverbial pot of gold.Though breaking through American bureaucracy...
Pot of Gold: Overseas Companies Adapting to U.S. Market Needs
PARIS -- With current commitments driving the high demand for military equipment, foreign companies perceive the U.S. defense market to be the proverbial pot of gold. Though breaking through American bureaucracy and politics to sell wares remains...
Private Sector Lagging on Security, Says Report
It was assumed after 9/11 that the private sector would spend its own money to beef up security to protect its assets against the threat of terrorist attacks. That assumption was wrong, according to a Council on Foreign Relations report, "Neglected...
Sea Wall
Mesh of technologies to provide maritime safety netTAMPA, Fla. - While the Department of Homeland Security begins efforts to strengthen the nation's land borders, less publicized work continues on building a so-called virtual wall along U.S. coasts.As...
Sea Wall: Mesh of Technologies to Provide Maritime Safety Net
TAMPA, Fla. -- While the Department of Homeland Security begins efforts to strengthen the nation's land borders, less publicized work continues on building a so-called virtual wall along U.S. coasts. As the defense communities and lawmakers debate...
Shift in Priorities
Office of Naval Research turns attention to 'irregular' warfareMore than three years of fighting in Iraq have yet to bring about a major shift in technology spending priorities at the Pentagon, a senior official says. The conflict, which in almost every...
Shift in Priorities: Office of Naval Research Turns Attention to 'Irreqular' Warfare
More than three years of fighting in Iraq have yet to bring about a major shift in technology spending priorities at the Pentagon, a senior official says. The conflict, which in almost every measure has been a non-traditional "irregular" war, continues...
Technologies Rushed to War Face an Uncertain Future
In the scramble to deliver equipment requested by commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army often bypassed its own procurement bureaucracy. That is good news for troops in the field. The downside for the Army, however, has been a proliferation...
Trouble Coast Guard Cutter Threatens Deepwater
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Coast Guard is considering purchasing commercial vessels to serve as stopgaps after the development of its fast response cutter stalled this year. The new cutter program has been plagued by delays and the Coast Guard fears it...
Troubled Coast Guard Cutter Threatens Deepwater
TAMPA, Fla. - The Coast Guard Is considering purchasing commercial vessels to serve as stopgaps after the development of its fast response cutter stalled this year.The new cutter program has been plagued by delays and the Coast Guard fears it may have...
Unmanned Surveillance Balloon to Hit the Skies
PARIS -- The next wave in unmanned aerial systems may hark back to the dawn of human flight more than a century ago. Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd., based in Israel, which produces tactical UAVs with sophisticated navigation and control technologies,...
Washington Pulse
HACKERS VICTIMIZE TRANSPORTATION COMMANDA series of cyber-attacks launched against the U.S. Transportation Command last year prompted the organization to tighten its security, says Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Basla, director of command, control communications...
Women in Defense, A National Security Organization
Cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security is the mission of Women In Defense, A National Security Organization (WID). A nonprofit organization, WID was established to provide women a formal...