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Articles from Vol. 102, No. 766, September

Adversaries Creep Up on Stealth Aircraft
By 2022, about one-fourth of U.S. Air Force combat aircraft will feature stealth technology.And as older platforms retire, and newer ones such as the F-35 joint strike fighter and the B-21 bomber replace them, that percentage will only grow.That fact...
Air Mobility Command Flexes Its Muscles at Revamped Exercise
YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER, Wash. - No one can remember the last time Air Mobility Command organized an exercise for itself."This is the first time in a long time that we have done one for us that exercises all the core functions," Maj. Gen. Thomas Sharpy,...
Analysts Worried about New Navy Frigate
The Navy recently released a request for information from industry as it seeks to acquire a new frigate. Analysts are concerned that the service might not end up making the right cost and capability tradeoffs.Jerry Hendrix, director of the defense strategies...
Army One Step Closer to On-the-Move Satellite Comms
FORT BLISS, Texas - Out in the blazing hot Texas desert, dismounted soldiers with the Army's 101st Airborne Division's 26th infantry regiment carried an egg-beater shaped antenna sticking out of their rucksacks to tap into a Navy satellite some 22,200...
Changes Coming to Defense Acquisitions
At the beginning of August, the Defense Department issued its "Report to Congress Restructuring the Department of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Organization and Chief Management Officer Organization," which details its plan for reorganizing...
Coast Guard Submits Unfunded Priorities List
* The Coast Guard has about $2 billion in unmet funding needs for acquisition, construction and improvements for fiscal year 2018, according to the service.In late July the sea service submitted to Congress a list of unfunded priorities that met the...
Creating a Code of Ethics and Conduct
Companies that sell goods and services to the U.S. government must conduct business with honesty and integrity. To that end, every government contractor should have a written code of business ethics and conduct.A government contractor benefits from having...
Cyber Division Shifts Focus to Network Protection
* With an urgent need to protect electronic data and systems, the National Defense Industrial Association recently expanded its emphasis in the cyber domain.This expansion includes renaming the Cyber Division as the Cybersecurity Division to focus specifically...
Global Demand for Special Operations Aircraft Grows
There is an increased global demand for U.S. defense companies to retrofit aircraft for special operations missions, analysts and members of industry said."It's a growing market," said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group,...
GPS Spoofing Incident Points to Fragility of Navigation Satellites
A relatively innocuous safety alert from the U.S. Maritime Administration last month belied the dramatic impact upon vessel navigation in the area."A maritime incident has been reported in the Black Sea in the vicinity of position 44-15.7N, 037-32.9E...
Greaves, Ambrose Earn Peter B. Teets Award
Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, and Richard Ambrose of Lockheed Martin Corp. received the Honorable Peter B. Teets Award at an Aug. 1 ceremony.The National Defense Industrial Asociation's Space Division annually...
Light Attack for Lower Cost
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - A $6 million Air Force experiment to demonstrate the capabilities of off-the-shelf platforms may lead to a low-cost solution for a light attack and close-air support aircraft.On a broiling August day, three turboprops...
Lockheed Eyes Middle East Market for Targeting Pod
* As Lockheed Martin promotes its Sniper advanced targeting pod globally, it is expanding its reach into the Middle East military market for new opportunities.The pods - which are intended for fourth-generation fighters - provide aircraft with the ability...
Marine Corps Takes Lead in Cyber Resiliency
In December, Congress passed the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which mandates that the Defense Department implement continuous monitoring using cybersecurity tools in a measure to protect the nation's information-technology infrastructure...
Middle Eastern Military Aviation Market Expanding
Despite collapsing oil prices, the future is bright for contractors looking to sell military aircraft to allied nations in the Middle East, analysts said.Countries across the region are signing deals for new and used aircraft as they modernize aging...
New Analytics Tool Could Help Military Leaders
* An emerging analytics tool may assist military leaders in making better decisions on the battlefield by predicting the motives of adversaries.Known as abductive reasoning, the concept takes advantage of advancements in machine learning, said Rick Pavlik,...
Pentagon Struggling to Take Advantage of Artificial Intelligence
The Pentagon sees artificial intelligence and related technologies as key enablers of future military operations. But the Defense Department faces challenges as it seeks to acquire them.U.S. military officials envision a wide variety of potential applications...
Raytheon Wins Foreign Language Contract
* Raytheon BBN Technologies has been awarded a one-year $4 million contract to supply automatic speech recognition, machine translation and text-to-speech conversions to the Army, the company recently announced.The product known as the machine foreign...
SEAL Team Testing New Headset to Boost Skills
* Elite units in the Army and the Navy are using a headset that stimulates the parts of the brain responsible for developing motor skills in an effort to improve strength training, speed and target acquisition.The Halo Sport headset, developed by San...
Sensofusion to Provide EU with Counter-Drone Security
* The European Union recently selected Sensofusion to help develop security measures to respond to the global growth of drone technology, said one company official.Sensofusion, the U.S. subsidiary of Helsinki-based Sensofusion Oy that specializes in...
Solving the Military Readiness Conundrum
The U.S. military is the greatest and most capable fighting force the world has ever seen, and serving side by side for 39 years with the wonderful men and women who defend the nation is the proudest accomplishment of my life.Now that I have hung up...
Uncertainty Surrounds the Defense Budget
With just a few weeks remaining until the beginning of fiscal year 2018, topline spending on national defense is still up in the air.President Donald Trump has proposed a $603 billion base defense budget for 2018, with another $65 billion for overseas...
U.S., Canada Team on Project for Icebreaker
With the United States facing the imminent retirement of its sole operational heavy-duty polar icebreaker, the U.S. Coast Guard is teaming with Canadian researchers to help conduct tests that will inform requirements for a new vessel.The service is responsible...
What Defense Contractors Owe Employees Serving in Danger Zones
On Nov. 12, 2016, a man associated with the Taliban detonated a suicide vest inside Bagram Air Base - the largest and most protected NATO military base in Afghanistan. He killed two U.S. soldiers and two American defense contractors.The incident showed...
Widespread Applications Envisioned for Airborne Lasers
The Defense Department is looking to equip a variety of aircraft with directed energy weapons in the coming years as the technology matures.Lasers hold great potential, said Jeff Saling, a strategic planner on the Joint Staff, and analysis lead for the...
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