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Articles from Vol. 101, No. 764, July

AeroVironment Delivers Tiny Drones to U.S. Military
A nano drone that can quickly collect intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information is now in the hands of service members, AeroVironment announced recently. "There's still a large number of front line troops who don't have access to...
Army Improving Stryker's Lethality, Mobility
The U.S. Army is working to increase the lethality and mobility of the Stryker armored fighting vehicle. Thousands of the wheeled platforms are in the Army's inventory, and the service is working to retrofit a number of them, said Col. Glenn Dean,...
Boeing Develops System to Network Jet Fighters
Using a new airborne networking system, Boeing recently demonstrated that it could send secure communications and data between fourth- and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, a company executive said. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During a recent flight...
Coast Guard Facing Financial Crunch
The Coast Guard is facing funding shortages as it seeks to upgrade its fleet, and the service does not have a sufficient plan to meet its long-term modernization goals, according to a government watchdog group. The president's fiscal year 2018 budget...
DoD Making Push to Catch Up on Artificial Intelligence
The Defense Department in late April kicked off a campaign to integrate machine learning and other cutting edge computer technologies across U.S. military weapon and intelligence systems. Project Maven, also known as the algorithmic warfare crossfunctional...
Ethics Pitfalls in Mergers, Acquisitions
Integrating two companies' ethics and compliance programs during the merger and acquisition process is critical and begins well before the union of the companies. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Both the target company and the acquiring company should...
Future Weapons: Rivals Push Pentagon to Boost Funding for Hypersonics Research
The Defense Department is seeking more funding to invest in hypersonics programs as China and Russia make their own push to develop the game-changing technology. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The proposed investments include...
IARPA Program Seeks More Efficient Data Security
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has committed $1 million for two institutions to develop a process that can more easily and rapidly secure data while it is being computed. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Galois, a Portland, Oregon-based...
Industry, Government: Enduring Partners
The National Defense Industrial Association is a world-class organization with nearly 100 years of exemplary service to the nation. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I cannot express how much of an honor and privilege it is for me to become part of the...
Interest Grows in Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
Orders for the joint light tactical vehicle could increase significantly in the coming years as interest grows among Defense Department customers and overseas allies, program officials and contractor representatives said at a recent demonstration at...
Late Means Late for Contract Proposals
The Government Accountability Office on Feb. 27 reiterated its long standing rule that, when it comes to proposal submissions, "late" means "late." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GAO addressed a protest filed by Tele-Consultants Inc. in connection with...
Navy Eyeing Alternative Way to Beef Up Fleet
The Navy is considering a wide-ranging effort to extend the service life of its surface ships. Doing so could ultimately save money and enable the service to reach its goal of a 355-ship fleet more quickly, experts said. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Navy's Electromagnetic Railgun Project Progressing
The technology behind the Navy's railgun--an advanced cannon that engineers believe could increase a ship's firepower at a fraction of the cost of typical munitions --is moving forward. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Electromagnetic weapons such as...
NDIA Presents Eisenhower Award to Thornberry
Members of industry, the military and U.S. government joined together in May to attend the National Defense Industrial Association's Dwight D. Eisenhower Award dinner where this year's award was presented to Rep. William 'Mac' Thornberry, R-Texas,...
New Flat Panel Satellite Antennas Hitting the Market
A pair of startups are poised to introduce radically new satellite antennas that have the potential to alter the look of military air, land and sea platforms. Electronically steered flat panel antennas are intended to replace the round, parabolic...
Pentagon Examining Options for Space-Based Missile Interceptors
The Defense Department has been analyzing concepts for basing ballistic missile interceptors in space. Experts say deploying such a system would be technically feasible, but questions remain about its cost-effectiveness and strategic implications....
Performance-Based Logistics: An Answer to the Readiness Conundrum
The military sustainment mission is vital to strengthening the U.S. competitive global military advantage, but the nation must recognize the sober reality of its challenges, how private industry can help resolve some of the U.S. military's readiness...
Services' Lists of Unfunded Priorities Sent to Capitol Hill
The military departments have submitted a list of priorities that were not funded in the president's fiscal year 2018 budget request. But lawmakers are unlikely to give them additional money, according to analysts. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The...
Shaky Path Ahead for Saudi Arabian Arms Deal
An effort by President Donald Trump's administration to sell hundreds of billions of dollars in military weapons and training equipment to Saudi Arabia could meet resistance in Congress due to geopolitical tensions, according to one analyst. [ILLUSTRATION...
Software System Could Detect Swarming Boats
Swarms of armed, fast-moving boats have the potential to attack or overwhelm Navy ships, but a product being developed by Northrop Grumman could detect such threats quicker, one executive said. The system, called the Blue Wide Area Situational Processor,...
Special Ops Community Seeks New Drone Technology
TAMPA, Fla.--U.S. Special Operations Command is seeking new drone technology as it prepares to face more advanced enemies. Meanwhile, industry is offering solutions to help elite warfighters deal with growing threats. Unmanned aerial vehicles currently...
Sumo Wrestlers Inspire New Exoskeleton Tech
A new exoskeleton that takes its structural inspiration from nature could provide special operators with the support they need to conduct missions without bearing heavy loads. Mawashi Science and Technology, a Montreal, Quebec-based research-and-development...
Transferring Technology Can Leverage Global Investments
Today's global economies are based on the command of knowledge and information. Knowledge in this sense is created by basic and applied research. Incorporating emerging and advanced technologies that are positioned for technology transfer can increase...
WannaCry Exposes Defense Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
The launch of WannaCry, a strain of leaked National Security Agency ransomware, affected more than 300,000 computer users in more than 150 countries in May. The attack--which operated by encrypting a computer's data, then demanding a payment of...
Wearable Tech to Transform World, Military
Robert Scoble and Shel Israel call themselves "near futurists." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the not so distant future they see a new age of information where today's iPhones and Androids are rendered obsolete. While others in their field make...
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