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Articles from Vol. 97, No. 710, January

Air Force's Relationship with Unmanned Aviation Hits Plateau
* Air Force Gen. Mike Hostage was flying in circles over an Afghan village aboard a turboprop spy aircraft. The four-man crew spent seemingly endless hours trying to spot a sport-utility vehicle that transported a suspected insurgent. [ILLUSTRATION...
Army, Marine Corps Succeed in Rapidly Fielding Specialized Individual Weapons
* U.S. troops have given their individual weapons poor performance marks during the past decade. While Defense Department officials wrestle with replacing hundreds of thousands of rifles and pistols, two weapon systems used in Afghanistan suggest...
Bill Coming Due for Last Decade's Border Buildup
* Congressional mandates of the 2000s designed to bolster the Southwest border are coming back to impact the federal budget in a negative way, said a former Customs and Border Protection commissioner. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2011, some 87 percent...
Book Makes Case That Iran's Revolutionary Guard Threatens U.S. Homeland
* In September 2011, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Iranian descent was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States. The wheels for the plot were reportedly put into motion by members of the Quds Force,...
Budget Woes Driving Scientists, Engineers Away from Defense Department Jobs
* The budget crunch is a new factor preventing the Defense Department from recruiting and retaining top talent Within its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce, a recent report found. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The activities...
Defense Department Attempts to Eliminate Info-Tech Redundancies
* In 2013, infrastructure consolidation and interoperability will drive how the Defense Department spends its information technology budget, but companies might find growth in the area of tactical communications, said an analyst. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Fiscal Talks Only Offer Short-Term Solutions, Ignore the Tough Problems
* The nation's economic future is still in limbo. The White House and congressional Republicans are seeking to avert the fiscal duff, including the automatic spending cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How...
Fiscal Talks Only Offer Short-Term Solutions, Ignore the Tough Problems
The nation's economic future is still in limbo. The White House and congressional Republicans are seeking to avert the fiscal clifï, including the automatic spending cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.How this will end is unclear. As the...
Game-Changing Laser Communications Ready for Fielding, Vendors Say
Sending data with lasers, rather than radio frequencies, has the potential to revolutionize the way the military communicates, proponents of the technology have said. Laser communications, which transmits ones and zeroes in a data stream through...
Government Biosurveillance to Include Social Media
* The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its biosurveillance capabilities with a pilot program that will use data from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to detect pandemics and acts of bioterrorism. Accenture is currently...
How to Equip the U.S. Military for Future Electronic Warfare
* As the U.S. military pivots away from counterinsurgency campaigns, it will confront different challenges and strategic environments. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Iraq, forces commanded the skies, and forward operating bases and computer systems...
Military Space Communications Lacks Direction, Critics Say
* The Defense Department is at a standstill when it comes to figuring out what it will require to maintain its future military space communications architecture, both industry and government officials said at a recent industry conference--and nobody...
Natural Disasters Uncover Ongoing Emergency Communications Problems
Recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and the Washington, D.C., metro--area derecho revealed vulnerabilities in first responder communication networks and equipment. Sandy knocked out wireless phone services in major metropolitan areas....
Navy, Marine Corps Rethink Expeditionary Warfare
* Expeditionary warfare is defined in the Defense Department's dictionary of military terms as "military operations mounted from the sea, usually on short notice, consisting of forward deployed, or rapidly deployable, self-sustaining naval forces tailored...
NDIA Calendar
UPCOMING EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND EVENTSJanuary14-18Defense Systems Acquisition Management CourseCharleston, SCwww.ndia.org/meetings/302B14Annual Acquisition SymposiumNew Orleans, LAwww.ndia.org/meetings/3ACQSec our ad on p. 4 115-16Procurement Division Committee...
Old Sensors Can Learn New Tricks
* An array of sensors have over the years been developed for helicopters, but these systems don't always work well together. And they often do not transmit information to commanders on the ground. A new consortium of defense companies is hoping...
Outdated Weapons Bring Calls for Speedier Upgrades
* The average age of a small-arms weapon in use by the Army is more than 30 years, far older than most of the soldiers who rely on them in combat. While plans are in the works to modernize the service's rifle and handgun inventories, procurement...
Readers' Forum
VIEWS ... COMMENTS SUGGESTIONSMRAP Under Fire* I am writing you to express disappointment with the recent article titled, "The MRAP: Was It Worth the Price?" (Oct. 2012, p.39).As a former member of the special operations community, I can personally attest...
Soldier Equipment Industry Struggles to Find Path Forward
* When the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, the military found itself grappling with a $56 billion equipment shortage. Now soldier equipment vendors are worried that the coming transition from war will leave them without adequate funding and--perhaps...
Time for Nation to Create Cyberspace Doctrine, Military Thinkers Say
* First, there was the Monroe Doctrine, which was designed to keep European powers out of Latin America. Later, the Truman Doctrine, or Doctrine of Containment, sought to halt the global expansion of the Soviet Union's brand of Communism. [ILLUSTRATION...
Tough Penalties for Failing to Comply with Immigration Rules
* Since 2009, the E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule requires most U.S. government contractors and subcontractors to verify the employment eligibility of employees assigned to federal contracts, and all newly hired employees. An earlier Ethics Corner...
Tough Penalties for Failing to Comply with Immigration Rules
* Since 2009, the E- Verify Federal Contractor Rule requires most U.S. government contractors and subcontractors to verify the employment eligibility of employees assigned to federal contracts, and all newly hired employees.An earlier Ethics Corner (Nov....
Vendors Pour Funding into Armored Vehicle Development
* Vehicle manufacturers are gearing up for several parallel armored vehicle programs and, without any guarantee of a contract, are pouring money into working prototypes so that when the time comes, they can offer an "off-the-shelf" design. Competitors...
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