National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 680, July

Air Force: To Save Fuel, We Must Change How We Fly
The Pentagon in recent years has launched umpteen projects to promote the use of renewable energy and lower consumption of fossil fuels. Green initiatives such as solar-powered military bases, bio-fueled fighter jets and hybrid-electric trucks are...
Anti-Bribery Case in China a Wake-Up Call
* The recent Rio Tinto case in China is a powerful reminder why a vigilant and robust Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) corporate compliance program is important. The FCPA imposes civil and criminal penalties on U.S.-listed companies...
Army's Unmanned Aviation Fleet Faces Technology Challenges
* In coming decades, unmanned aerial vehicles will dominate the Army's aviation fleet, officials said. "The rapid advancement in aviation technology in the past eight years is reminiscent of the aviation boom during World War II," Army Vice Chief...
Budget Debate: Resources Should Match the Strategy
* Defense Secretary Robert Gates in recent speeches has covered the waterfront of the financial challenges facing the defense establishment as well as the nation. He flatly stated that the United States is on a self-destructive path if it seeks to...
Companies Raise Intellectual Property Protection Issues
* A survey by the National Defense Industrial Association--which collected input from industry on the subject of intellectual property--highlighted major concerns from both prime and subcontractors on practices within the Defense Department. Many...
Competition Keen for Next Generation of Cyberwarriors
The Air Force last year established its first command devoted solely to protecting and attacking networks. But in a time when cybersecurity experts are in high demand, the question has arisen: Where is the talent coming from? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Defense Acquisition
* The May 2010 article concerning the need for radical change in acquisition, "Without Radical Change, Many More Defense Programs Will End Up Like JSF," presents illustrative points comparing various programs, but it misses the key cause for failure....
DHS Cruise Ship Protection Efforts Given High Marks
* Cruise ships have been the targets of terrorist actions in the past, most notably the 1985 attack on the Achille Lauro, which resulted in the death of American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Since then, there have been few incidents, and in a 12...
Futile to Control Internet Terrorist Recruitment, Witnesses Say
* Experts have compared the use of the Internet by terrorists and their propagandists to jungle warfare. Sometimes enemies hide in the dense foliage to their advantage. Other times, friendly forces can do the same. The jungle is neutral in such conflicts....
In Damage Control Mode, Army Builds Future Network for Combat Brigades
For the Army, this may be its last chance of salvaging the surviving pieces of the ill-starred "future combat systems." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Working to the Army's advantage is that what remains of FCS is something that soldiers need and currently...
In Orbit: Military Looks to Small Satellites as Costs for Large Spacecraft Grow
After some 50 years of launching large, complex, multi-million dollar spacecraft, the military and industry are rethinking the way satellites are built and acquired. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Large satellites aren't going away, experts said at the...
In the Navy's Forecast, a Shrinking Attack Submarine Fleet
* The Navy two years ago planned to procure 54 attack submarines through 2040 in order to maintain its desired fleet size of 48 ships. In its latest 30-year shipbuilding plan, however, just 44 boats are included. Given that the average life of an...
Marine Corps Seeking Robotic Cargo Aircraft to Resupply Troops
* Roadside bombs have claimed the lives of hundreds of marines who were protecting convoys en route to replenish forward operating bases with water, food and supplies. Officials want to take trucks and troops off the roads in Afghanistan by relying...
Marines Get Their Own Version of the iPod Touch
EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY IN THE DIGITAL AGE * It's been several years since the Army started buying the iPod Touch for use by soldiers in combat. Troops have used the Touch, among other things, as a translation device or as a means to display mission...
Navy Looking at Lasers to Defend Ships from Enemy Aircraft
EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Lasers that typically are used in industrial welding could become important weapons to defeat enemy aircraft, officials say. The Navy recently tested commercial welding lasers and has proven that the beams...
Prescription for Ailing Army Acquisition
* Army Secretary John McHugh last month ordered a comprehensive review of Army weapons acquisition practices, management and oversight. McHugh assigned a competent team to lead the effort, but it is hard to see how it will engender novel thinking...
Rescuing the Coast Guard
HOMELAND DEFENSE BRIEFS * Everyone loves the Coast Guard, but that affection hasn't translated into a budget that can sustain its ships, aircraft and personnel, said some of the service's former leaders. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Support on...
Robots Unite to Defeat Electronic Jamming
* Ground robots are becoming commonplace aids on battlefields and in disaster relief operations around the world. But their effectiveness is being hampered by the proliferation of wireless communication devices. Radio signals jam the robots, which...
Ship Maintainers Get First Glimpse into Virginia Class
* GROTON, Conn.--The first of the Navy's newest class of attack submarines, USS Virginia (SSN-774), returned from its maiden deployment in April and is slated for its first scheduled maintenance later this year in Portsmouth, Maine. "It will be...
Shipyards Speed Up Submarine Production amid Concerns about Navy's Future Budgets
GROTON, Conn.--Building 260 is better known as the lime-green hangar-like structure visible to drivers on Interstate 95 heading eastbound across the Thames River. Inside the 140-foot tall facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat, workers assemble...
Space Command Ponders Role in Irregular Warfare
* Military communications, reconnaissance and Global Positioning System satellites provide services to deployed forces every day, said Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command. But the organization wants to know what more it can...
Taking out the Trash: What Can Be Done about Space Debris?
* What goes up doesn't necessarily come down when it comes to manmade objects orbiting the planet. During the last 52 years, the space-faring nations of the world have trashed the low, medium and geosynchronous orbits where their satellites operate....
To Meet War Equipment Needs, Commanders Continue to Bypass Pentagon Acquisition System
* They are perennial requests that the Pentagon receives every year from military commanders deployed around the world: More intelligence-gathering systems, and better information technology so U.S. forces can communicate with allies. The wish lists...
Unmanned Systems: Can the Industrial Base Support the Pentagon's Vision?
Perhaps the most revolutionary transformation in U.S. military operations during the past decade has been the rapid growth in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Their application in the future will transform both warfare and the civilian sector....
U.S. Not Ready to Lead Green Energy Revolution
* The Defense Department's research arm, DARPA, changed the world when it invented the Internet. So why couldn't its counterpart at the Energy Department, ARPA-E, unleash a similar revolution to free us from the tyranny of oil? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Weapons Acquisition Reform Act: The Aftermath
* The hoopla over passage of the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 has given way to much skepticism and incertitude about the impact of the legislation. Pentagon and industry insiders generally agree that WSARA is not going to immediately...
What It Will Take for the Navy to Deploy a 'Green' Carrier Strike Group
* WASHINGTON NAVY YARD--Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced with much fanfare plans to deploy a "green" carrier strike group in 2016. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the Naval Sea Systems Command, engineers who are responsible for bringing the plan...
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