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Articles from Vol. 100, No. 749, April

Air Force Modernization at Risk as Maintenance Costs Continue to Climb
* Rising operations and support costs could affect the Air Force's ability to modernize as it prepares to fund the F-35 joint strike fighter, KC-46 tanker and long-range strike bomber in the mid-2020s, service officials and experts said. One cost...
AM General Puts JLTV Defeat in Rearview Mirror
* AM General is going to be just fine. Thanks for the concern. That sums up the attitude of the South Bend, Indiana-based maker of the venerable Humvee in the wake of the hotly contested competition to field a new light tactical wheeled vehicle,...
Analysts: Next Fiscal Year Likely to Begin with Continuing Resolution
* Despite the existing agreement on topline spending in fiscal year 2017, budget experts do not expect lawmakers to pass a defense appropriations bill before the start of the next fiscal year. "I think it's safe to say we'll start the year on a...
Analysts: Next Fiscal Year Likely to Begin with Continuing Resolution
* Despite the existing agreement on topline spending in fiscal year 2017, budget experts do not expect lawmakers to pass a defense appropriations bill before the start of the next fiscal year."I think it's safe to say we'U start the year on a continuing...
A Simple Equation for Ethics in Action
* Everyday actions and decisions, while important in every industry, are especially critical in the defense industry. Even the smallest decisions are irreversible and often have direct and immediate implications on the lives of others. These are facts...
Cyber Report: 2015 Was the Year of Collateral Damage
* With the Office of Personnel Management hack and other intrusions affecting tens of millions of people last year, a recent cybersecurity report dubbed 2015 the "year of collateral damage." The annual cyber risk report--which was produced by Hewlett...
DCAA Backlog: What It Means for Industry
* The Defense Contract Audit Agency's audit backlog is old news, but Congress's recent attempt to cure that backlog has garnered industry attention--and more than a few raised eyebrows. In an apparent effort to redirect resources toward alleviating...
DoD Beginning to Tackle Nuclear 'Bow Wave'
* The fiscal year 2017 budget request is the first to deal with the looming spike in planned nuclear modernization spending in the 2020s, said the Pentagon's director of cost assessment and program evaluation. "What the [fiscal year] '21 projection...
Exoskeleton Simulator Could Save Army Millions
* A software tool currently being developed to simulate the effects robotic exoskeletons have on soldiers could save the Army millions, according to the CEO of [RE.sup.2] Robotics, the company creating the system. Exoskeletons have the ability to...
Georgia Chapter Recognizes McNeill for Contributions to Defense Industry
* The National Defense Industrial Association-Georgia Chapter recognized four outstanding individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to the state's defense and industry communities during its annual awards dinner. "The defense...
Hypersonics: Past Failures Not an Option
* Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula at a Capitol Hill briefing asked the audience for a show of hands: How many were aware that China had conducted six hypersonic vehicle experiments over the past two years--three in 2014 and three in 2015?...
Intelligence System Moving to the Cloud
* As more engineers transfer defense networks to cloud computing, developers of a decades-old intelligence system are embracing the move. The joint deployable intelligence support system, which was created in 1992, connects deployed troops with...
Jittery Times for Government Contractors
* For all the talk about an improving outlook for the defense industry after a six-year downturn, much anxiety still hangs in the air. The Pentagon has proposed a budget for 2017 that cuts procurement spending by $7 billion, and contractors will...
Key Military Comms Satellite about to Become Operational
* After years of delays, the military's Mobile User Objective System--which includes a constellation of satellites, ground stations and radio terminals--is nearing primetime. "MUOS really is operational today," said Navy Cmdr. Peter Sheehy, principal...
More Procurement Falloffs on the Horizon
* The Defense Department's fiscal year 2017 budget request would reduce procurement relative to what was planned in the fiscal year 2016 request, and additional cuts are possible after the proposal makes its way through Congress, according to a recent...
More Procurement Falloffs on the Horizon
* The Defense Department's fiscal year 2017 budget request would reduce procurement relative to what was planned in the fiscal year 2016 request, and additional cuts are possible after the proposal makes its way through Congress, according to a recent...
Navy, Marines Bolster Cybersecurity Defenses
* Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, said cyber is now an established part of warfare. "We've already mentally accepted the fact that... [cyber is] the fifth domain of the battle space," he said during a February industry conference...
New Ecosystem Emerging in Military Logistics
* The global defense market is emerging from the challenges it faced over the last five years. In the Asia-Pacific region, sustained economic development and industrial and social maturity is leading to projected increases in defense expenditure....
New Research Holds Promise for Lighter, Tougher Vehicle Armor
* The Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center continues to invest millions to improve the vehicle armor that protects troops from small arms and explosives. And universities are pitching in by inventing new life-saving materials....
New Terrorism Threats Emerging in Asia-Pacific
* The advancement of Islamic terrorism to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region will threaten the security of Australia and its neighbors in the coming year, according to Australia's former minister for defence. "The spread of Islamic terrorism to the Indo-Pacific...
North Korea, Iran's Advances Fuel Demand for Regional Missile Defense
* Advances in ballistic and cruise missile capabilities among potential adversaries are putting U.S. forces and allies at greater risk. The Pentagon is looking to industry to provide solutions to the growing problem, as it beefs up its theater missile...
Samsung, Oculus Rift Target Defense Market
* Samsung, working alongside virtual reality goggle maker Oculus Rift, is looking to make headway in the military training market. Samsung's Gear VR, a virtual reality headset powered by a Galaxy Notebook smartphone and an Oculus Rift goggle can...
Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Programs at Critical Juncture
* The U.S. military is trying to modernize its ground vehicle fleet after more than a decade of war by buying new trucks and upgrading or divesting older models. Procurement priorities include the joint light tactical vehicle and the ground mobility...
The Ins and Outs of Cyber Liability Insurance
* Losses from cyber events can be staggering for government contractors. Attacks, often from nation-state-sponsored entities, can cause millions of dollars in losses and be devastating for a business. For example, in 2014, a high-profile provider...
The Rocky Path to a Third Offset
* In November 2014; then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a presentation at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, and announced what was described as the Pentagon's commitment to a "third offset strategy." Two months later,...
U.S. Proceeding with New Strategy to Counter ISIL
* The State Department is pursuing an alternative approach to counter the Islamic State's online propaganda and in turn stymie the group's recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters, according to a senior government official. "There is no question...
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