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Articles from Vol. 99, No. 734, January

Air Force Space Programs on Hold as New Architecture Studied
It's called "the vicious circle of space acquisition." Large satellite systems take a long time to develop. As the years stretch on, the temptation to change requirements and add new capabilities is too hard to resist. For once the spacecraft...
Canceling the DDG-1000 Destroyer Program Was a Mistake
The U.S. Navy's DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers are extraordinarily expensive. Since 2009, the cost of the ships has increased 34.4 percent, according to the Congressional Research Service. Each of the three Zumwalt's being built will cost taxpayers...
Compliance Programs Need Data Analytics
The financial services industry has long embraced data analytics as a powerful crime prevention and policy enforcement tool. Many defense contractors, by contrast, have resisted incorporating advanced technology products into their compliance programs....
Concern Grows about International Aerospace, Defense Competitiveness
In recent weeks, earnings calls from the major U.S. aerospace and defense firms showcased the desire for international expansion, much of it outside traditional NATO markets. The pressure is on senior executives to increase international sales,...
Concern Grows about International Aerospace, Defense Competitiveness
In recent weeks, earnings calls from the major U.S. aerospace and defense firms showcased the desire for international expansion, much of it outside traditional NATO markets.The pressure is on senior executives to increase international sales, with the...
Earth Needs More Robust Early Warning Space Weather Systems
A panel of experts gathered on Capitol Hill recently in an effort to tone down some of the doomsday scenarios being associated with solar storms. The notion that highly charged particles ejected from the sun will send civilization back to the Dark...
Earth Needs More Robust Early Warning Space Weather Systems
* A panel of experts gathered on Capitol Hill recently in an effort to tone down some of the doomsday scenarios being associated with solar storms.The notion that highly charged particles ejected from the sun will send civilization back to the Dark Ages...
F-35 Industrial Base Relies on International Participation
The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has become a model for international cooperation. According to Aerospace Industries Association's Remy Nathan, who runs AIA's international trade division, aerospace is a global industry and an increasingly...
History of U.S. Weapons Proves Value of Realistic Operational Testing
The purpose of operational testing is to assure the military services field weapons that work in combat. This purpose has been codified in both Title X of the U.S. Code and in the Defense Department 5000-series regulations. Operational testing is...
In Future Rotorcraft Acquisition, Services Working to Avoid Mistakes of Past Joint Programs
The history of joint aircraft is littered with failures, and when programs do come to fruition, they oftentimes are marred by schedule delays and cost overruns. Case in point, critics say, is the uber-expensive F-35 joint strike fighter program. ...
Know When Software Falls under Export Control Regime
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR, control the export of software classified as a "defense article." The United States munitions list [USMR] contains items regulated by the ITAR, including a range of products from tanks to fighter...
Light Military Helicopter Market to Halve by 2028
The rotorcraft industry is engulfed in what could be described as "A Tale of Two Markets," said Raymond Jaworows-ki., senior aerospace analyst for Forecast International. While opportunities for sales to the civil sector are finally growing after taking...
Light Military Helicopter Market to Halve by 2028
* The rotorcraft industry is engulfed in what could be described as "A Tale of Two Markets," said Raymond Jaworowski, senior aerospace analyst for Forecast International. While opportunities for sales to the civil sector are finally growing after taking...
Marine Corps Looks to the Past for Future Connectors
Because the Marine Corps' initial amphibious combat vehicle will not have a sea skimming, high water-speed capability, it has become more important than ever for the service to find low-cost, innovative ways to bring troops and equipment ashore. ...
Military Challenged to Maintain Decades-Old Aircraft
The U.S. military operates fleets of Cold War-era aircraft that will not be replaced any time soon. For the Pentagon, this creates daunting challenges, experts warn. Airplanes will have to fly much longer than planned and, at a time of tight budgets,...
Military Joint Ground Robot Programs Face Increased Scrutiny
" With tightening budgets and one high-profile program delayed by several years, ground robot acquisitions are coming under increasing congressional scrutiny, officials who oversee procurement of the technology said recently. "We need to deliver...
More Government Agencies Using Challenge Prizes to Tackle Tough Technology Problems
Most know that aviator Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic in his aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis, in May 1927. Fewer remember that he earned $25,000 in prize money accomplishing the feat. Lindbergh and his team...
NDIA Names Retired Gen. Craig R. McKinley President and CEO
The National Defense Industrial Association announced that retired Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley will be the association's next president and 'CEO, effective Jan. 1. McKinley is currently president of the Air Force Association, a role he assumed...
New Leadership a Boost to National Security
Most recall that Charles Dickens began his masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities, by writing that "it was the best of times; it was the worst of times." As we assess the defense outlook for 2015, it looks like that now. Few recall what Dickens wrote next...
New Smart Fabric Manufacturer Looking to Break into Defense Market
A new smart fabric used in one of jazz musician Herbie Hancock's electric keyboards could find its way into military gear. Keith McMillen Instruments has recently spun off a smart fabric company, Bebop Sensors, with the hope of partnering with original...
New Smart Fabric Manufacturer Looking to Break into Defense Market
* A new smart fabric used in one of jazz musician Herbie Hancock's electric keyboards could find its way into military gear.Keith McMillen Instruments has recently spun off a smart fabric company, Bebop Sensors, with the hope of partnering with original...
Next Month
Joint Strike Fighter While the successful F-35C sea trials eased the minds of many in the Navy, the program faces a whirlwind of activity next year, including the initial operating capability of the Marine Corps variant, the F-35B. Air Force Lt....
Rapid Acquisition Groups Break Mold of Slow Pentagon Procurement System
One of the biggest complaints the Pentagon faces is the length of time it takes to field a piece of technology. Over time, numerous studies, papers and speeches have been devoted to solving the problem, but some say programs still remain stifled by...
Renewed Push to Collect Exit Data at Airports, Land Crossings
Travelers arriving at a port of entry in the United States are greeted by a Customs and Border Protection official, who checks passports and stamps them if required. That is the not the case when departing. The United States has never required...
Renewed Push to Collect Exit Data at Airports, Land Crossings
* Travelers arriving at a port of entry in the United States are greeted by a Customs and Border Protection official, who checks passports and stamps them if required.That is the not the case when departing.The United States has never required foreigners...
Special Operations Command Bypasses Acquisition Red Tape
In December 2013, four special operators were injured after the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft they were riding in were hit by small arms fire as they evacuated U.S. citizens from South Sudan. Soon after, Special Operations Command's acquisition...
Swetnam Chosen as Association's First Chief Operating Officer
The National Defense Industrial Association announced that Terri M. Swetnam has been named to the new position of chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1. She will be responsible for day-to-day management of financial and business operations for...
Ultra Light Combat Vehicle Could Buck Trend of Slow Truck Procurement
The Army is not known for its ability to rapidly acquire new technologies, and expensive, sophisticated platforms such as tanks, aircraft and trucks often end up on the chopping block when drastic cost savings need to be made. The ultra light combat...
Wall Street Keeps Wary Eye on Defense Biz
There are many reasons why Wall Street hearts the defense industry. As analysts see it, top defense CEOs have proven to be exceptionally smart at financial engineering and dealing with investors. Even in these times of steep military budget cuts, industry...
Wireless Providers to Have Access to firstNet Radio Spectrum
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)--the independent agency charged with constructing a nationwide, seamless emergency communications network--continues to take steps toward that ultimate goal, its acting general manager told Congress...
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