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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 681, August

A Word from NDIA'S Vice President of Operations
Dear NDIA Members: At this writing, NDIA is on its way to another exceptional year of accomplishing its Advocate, Promote & Provide mission. That success can be attributed in large part to those members who have generously contributed their...
Can the Pentagon Build 'Affordable' Weapon Systems?
The average U.S. consumer can expect to buy a better computer or smart phone every year, for less than what he paid before. The Pentagon, alas, only gets raw deals. "More has been costing more," said the Defense Department's top buyer Ashton Carter....
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Defense Contractors Increasingly Targeted in Corruption Investigations
Companies and individuals are facing dramatically higher penalties and costs for failing to comply with anti-bribery laws around the world, and especially in the United States. Earlier this year, British Aerospace agreed to plead guilty in the United...
Emergency Response Software Relies on Smart Phones
A lot of money has been spent since 9/11 to improve communication among agencies and first responders during an emergency. A new system puts those running an operation in touch with those they're tasked with saving. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A group...
Engineering Workshops Now Available in War Zones
U.S. Special Operations Command has come up with a workshop-in-a-box concept that turns engineers in war zones into real-world MacGyvers. The so-called mobile technology complex comes in five different configurations inside a shipping container....
Five Key Questions about the Defense Budget?
Public angst about the mounting national debt, mixed with uneasiness about the future of the United States as a military and economic superpower; is fueling a debate about the prospects of defense spending. The Pentagon's budget has doubled In the...
How Will the Defense Industry Adjust to New Fiscal Realities?
Given the country's current fiscal and political environment, everyone, including defense industry leaders, is expecting changes in military spending and acquisition policy. Defense contractors are already feeling the first effects of budget tightening...
Look Ma, No Glasses: Moving to 3-D Television and Beyond
Millions of moviegoers have donned stereoscopic glasses to experience Hollywood films in 3-D. As the concept catches on in broadcast television, sports fans increasingly are putting on the filtering spectacles to watch their favorite stars compete...
Military Technology Considered for U.S. Border Surveillance
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is considering applying technologies first developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to help solve its lingering problem of monitoring the southwest borderlands. Raven unmanned aerial vehicles, blimps with...
More Airmen Joining Air Force Special Operations Command
The squadron in charge of training Air Force Special Operations Command gunship crews is adapting training methods to accommodate increasing numbers of newly winged airmen. AFSOC used to be the second or third stop in an airman's career. But now...
National Guard Boosting Numbers with New Academy
The Army National Guard is recruiting high school dropouts who will attend a new academy where they can earn a diploma and make them more productive members of society. The Guard, in turn, hopes to expand the relatively small pool of qualified young...
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 Aiming for Laser Weapons at Sea
Military forces have been aspiring to fight at the speed of light ever since lasers were developed 60 years ago. So far, the services have succeeded in fielding lasers for targeting and other nonlethal purposes. These are helpful tools for troops on...
New Rule Proposed for Organizational Conflicts of Interest
The Defense Department issued a proposed rule on April 22 to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to impose uniform guidance and tighten existing regulations on organizational conflicts of interest (DFARS Case 2009-D015). ...
New Truck to Show the Way for Acquisition Reforms
ABERDEEN TEST CENTER, Md. -- Program managers for the $60 million joint Army-Marine Corps program to build a new vehicle to replace the aging humvee rolled out three new prototypes here recently and put them through the paces on a hilly test track...
Non-Military Market for Unpiloted Aircraft Will Remain Sluggish
The unmanned-aviation industry will be anxiously awaiting the release of new U.S. government regulations that may provide clues to whether unpiloted aircraft will receive flight rights in the national airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration...
Pentagon Contractors Souring on 'Soft Power'
Pentagon contractors are turning bearish on the so-called "soft power" market for non-defense work such as nation-building and post-conflict reconstruction. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During the past several years, major defense firms have been seeking...
'Perfect Storm' for Defense Is Here, for Real This Time
There have been many warnings in recent years about a "perfect storm" threatening U.S. defense spending. These dire predictions so far have not been taken seriously as military budgets doubled during the past decade. But the storm is coming, and...
Remotely Piloted Aviation Looks to Gaming Technology
The line separating military training and video games continues to become thinner. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Now, one can practice operating an unmanned aerial system with nothing more than a joystick and PC. These simulations adopt a number of...
Rocketeers Learn on the Fly
Consider the almost impossible task contestants in the Team America Rocket Challenge were asked to accomplish. First, engineer, design and build a model rocket weighing no more than 1,000 grams that will ascend to an altitude of 825 feet. That may...
Spate of Hypersonic Vehicle Tests Fuels Global Strike Debate
The military's reusable space plane, the X-37B, and its classified payload lifted off in April only one day after the maiden flight of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 suborbital glider. It flew nine minutes...
Special Operations Aviators Gear Up for Aircraft Upgrades
Boosting the availability of special operations aircraft--whether they are helicopters, fixed-wing, or unmanned--has been called a top priority at U.S. Special Operations Command. USSOCOM has a series of upgrades in the works, as well as a long...
Special Operators Want Lighter, User-Friendly Equipment-And Fast
The U.S. Special Operations Command doesn't care whether industry has the latest and greatest technology if it can't put it quickly into the hands of troops. "Innovation and responsiveness are keys to our success. Agility is essential," said...
Teachers Speak out about STEM
The quest to attract students to study science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines in college is getting a lot of publicity and focus from the government, education systems and businesses. However, when it's just the teacher standing...
Technology Immediately Identifies the 'Bad Guys'
It's a simple scanner than can keep beer away from minors and terrorists off planes. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The same device that can catch a teenager's fake ID could have kept the man who tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square from boarding...
Utility of Coast Guard's Elite Boarding Teams Questioned
In the wake of 9/11, Congress mandated that the Coast Guard set up elite rapid response teams that can board and search rapidly moving vessels out at sea, among other duties. There are now 12 maritime safety and security teams spread along U.S....
Without a Trace: No Revival for Airport Puffer Machines Used to Detect Explosives
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. -- The Transportation Security Administration has no plans to continue research into puffer machines that were designed to detect trace amounts of explosives on passengers. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Domenic Bianchini, general...
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