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Articles from Vol. 101, No. 756, November

Aerostat System Offers Cost-Effective ISR
A new integrated portable surveillance and communications system could offer enhanced situational awareness for border security and disaster relief missions around the world. SES, a global commercial satellite operator based in Luxembourg, recently...
All-Electric, Hybrid Aircraft Engine Research Taking Off
While hybrid and electric engines are becoming commonplace for cars and trucks, that is not the case for aircraft. However, basic and applied research on all-electric, turbo-electric and hybrid power sources for aircraft is ongoing in civilian agencies...
Australia Investing in Unmanned Aerial Systems
Several companies have teamed up to deliver a small, unmanned aerial vehicle--currently operated by U.S. Air Force special forces--to the Australian military. AeroVironment--working alongside Sentient Vision, General Dynamics Mediaware and Australia-based...
Battlefield 2030: Denied Access: Pentagon Betting on New Technologies to Foil Future Adversaries
Predicting what wars to prepare for has always been a guessing game in the Pentagon--but one with high stakes. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's infamous--but often taken out of context--quote about a lack of armored vehicles at the...
Budget Impasse Threatens Ohio-Replacement
An extended continuing resolution that funds Pentagon accounts at fiscal year 2016 levels could derail the Navy's top acquisition effort. The Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program--also known as the Ohio-class replacement--was expected...
Climate Change
The cause of climate change may remain a contentious topic on Capitol Hill, but the Department of Defense must prepare for the challenges that rising sea levels, melting permafrost and prolonged heat waves present to operational readiness now and in...
Climate Change: Extreme Environments to Require New Equipment, Tougher Ships
The cause of climate change may remain a contentious topic on Capitol Hill, but the Department of Defense must prepare for the challenges that rising sea levels, melting permafrost and prolonged heat waves present to operational readiness now and in...
Coast Guard Purchases Locator Beacons
To enhance crew safety, the Coast Guard recently ordered up to 16,000 personal locator beacons that can be used during land, sea or air emergencies. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract --worth up to $3 million--was awarded to the...
Commercial Satellite Firms See Uncertainty in Defense Market
The wars of the past decade fueled a demand for satellite communications services from the commercial industry, as the military's own spacecraft could not keep up with commanders' gargantuan needs. Business has fallen off sharply. At the height...
Condition-Based Maintenance Could Save DoD Money
By coalescing data pulled from sensors spread around a ship or other military systems, Defense Department officials may be able to save money on costly maintenance repairs, said one industry executive. Under what is known as condition-based maintenance,...
Denied Access
Predicting what wars to prepare for has always been a guessing game in the Pentagon - but one with high stakes.Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's infamous - but often taken out of context - quote about a lack of armored vehicles at the beginning...
DHS Contract Spending Set to Grow
The Department of Homeland Security is one of the few federal agencies increasing the amount of money it obligates to contractors, according to a recent report by market analysis firm Govini. The growth is due to overall budget increases and the...
Engineering Model Improves Submarine Communications
The U.S. Navy is transforming integrated communications on submarines and submarine shore support locations by adopting new modeling and analysis techniques that take in information across the entire enterprise instead of individually from disparate...
Future Nuclear Cruise Missile Faces Political Headwinds
The Pentagon's plan to acquire a new nuclear air-launched cruise missile could be in jeopardy due to budget constraints and political opposition. In July, the Air Force released a request for proposals for the long-range standoff weapon, known as...
Hollow Force Is America's Greatest Threat
America and its friends face an array of perplexing national security challenges and threats. The most obvious are Islamic violent extremism, a resurgent Russia, a more aggressive China, a nuclear North Korea, climate change and humanitarian catastrophes...
Imagining the Army of Tomorrow's Platforms
Imagine it's the year 2030. The 75-year-old informal truce on the Korean Peninsula has ended and U.S. and Republic of Korea troops are pouring over the demilitarized zone and headed to Pyongyang in a deciding battle that may finally reunify the...
Industrial Base a Part of Force Structure
In this column last spring, I discussed the reflections offered by former Defense Secretary William Perry about the defense industry consolidation of the 1990s that he had encouraged, and to no small degree stimulated. I thought it might be useful...
Industry Prepares for New Insider Threat Regulation
Even as the Defense Department prepares to implement a new regulation to help mitigate insider threats, security breaches are continuing. Experts say more needs to be done to address the situation. Years after the Edward Snowden and National Security...
Japan Poised to Boost Defense Interests
The Japanese government is using its heightened defense budget to invest in maritime security technology, missile defense and stealth capabilities to combat growing regional threats--like China -- and increase cooperation with the United States. ...
NDIA Calendar
NOVEMBER1 Army Cyber Innovation Challenge VOrlando, FLwww.afei.org/events/7A301-2 Gulf Coast Chapter 42nd Air Armament SymposiumFort Walton Beach, FLwww.ndiagulfcoast.com2-3 How Washington Works® - Navigating the DODReston, VAwww.ndia.org/meetings/743A3...
Pentagon Cautious about Arctic Investments
As ice caps continue to melt, Pentagon officials have grown increasingly concerned about the potential for great power competition in the Arctic. But the Defense Department remains cautious when it comes to investing in capabilities. "Climate change...
Pentagon Cautious about Arctic Investments
* As ice caps continue to melt, Pentagon officials have grown increasingly concerned about the potential for great power competition in the Arctic. But the Defense Department remains cautious when it comes to investing in capabilities."Climate change...
Reining in the 'Qui Tam' Industry
It is hardly a mystery to government contractors that there is a False Claims Act attached to their contracts and it is no more of a mystery that there is a "qui tam" provision in that act making discontented employees, casual onlookers and even those...
Researchers Developing Camera to See around Corners
For a soldier patrolling a city street in a warzone, seeing what's around the corner of a building could be the difference between life and death. The Morgridge Institute for Research and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are collaborating to...
Space
It has been called both an Achilles' heel and the ultimate high ground for the U.S. military.Space might be the final frontier for exploration, but the millions of square miles that extend from just beyond the Earth's atmosphere to geostationary orbit...
Space: Links to Earth to Make the 'Ultimate High Ground' a Battle Zone
It has been called both an Achilles' heel and the ultimate high ground for the U.S. military. Space might be the final frontier for exploration, but the millions of square miles that extend from just beyond the Earth's atmosphere to geostationary...
Talent Gap Concerns Loom Larger Than Ever
An innovation deficit in the Defense Department and the weapons-making industry has been a central focus of Pentagon chief Ashton Carter's agenda. The topic for the most part has been treated as a footnote in the larger debate about national security...
Translations Key to Global Investigations
The combination of increased globalization and intensified regulation presents complex risks for contractors doing business internationally. An essential part of a robust global ethics and compliance program will be the localization and translation...
Urban Warfare
The bloody battles of Stalingrad in World War II, Hué City in Vietnam and Fallujah in Iraq conjure up images of infantrymen fighting in the streets of major cities. In the future, the U.S. military may have to fight in similar environments that will...
Urban Warfare: Army, Marine Corps Prepare to Fight in Megacities
The bloody battles of Stalingrad in World War II, Hue City in Vietnam and Fallujah in Iraq conjure up images of infantrymen fighting in the streets of major cities. In the future, the U.S. military may have to fight in similar environments that will...
Women in Defense Announces 2016 HORIZONS Scholarship Recipients
Through its HORIZONS scholarship program, Women In Defense offers scholarships to female students in undergraduate or graduate programs related to international relations, political science, national security and defense. The 2016 recipients, their...
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