Defense

Coast Guard Should Be Key Focus for QDR Of the world's 41 recognized maritime fleets, the one ranked at No. 37 in age puts to sea daily with aged ships and planes, out-of-date communications gear and nearly obsolete sensors. This fleet must protect . . .
A War Every Day: The Coast Guard’s new frontier in the war on drugs "It just goes to show you that we can get the job done if we have the money to do it," said Coast Guard Food Service Specialist Third Class Victor Rivera as he flipped through a Coast Guard trade magazine. Rivera was reading an article describing. . .
Drug Wars Fueling Demand for New Coast Guard Ships Recent reports from Washington claim that the war on drugs is in danger of taking a turn for the worst at the source -- in Colombia, where the government struggles to come up with the money and equipment . . .
Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Access Problem Ignored A conservative think tank called The Project for the New American Century has completed a two-year study of U.S. defense needs. It is issuing a report entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses" that clearly is . . .
Navy Must Sell Congress on Intranet System The House Armed Services Committee recently put a shot across the Navy's bow regarding service plans to build its own version of the Internet, and the warning has the service looking for ways to respond. Congress blanched at the price tag. . .
Missile Defense Neglected Fundamentals There's a growing debate about missile defense in the national media. Much of it is recycled from debates in the 1960's (Sentinel/Safeguard) and 1980's (Star Wars). Missile defense, it is said, may "destabilize" . . .
Joint Strike Fighter Opportunity Costs The biggest program in the Pentagon's weapons-purchasing plan for the next 20 years is the Joint Strike Fighter. The Clinton Administration wants to buy 2,852 of the stealthy fighter-bombers in three different . . .
Joint Strike Fighter: An “Opportunity” to be Avoided If you want to understand why defense stocks often trade at a discount to other equities, take a look at the Joint Strike Fighter. The $220 billion program is supposed to replace Air Force F-16's, Navy F/A-18's . . .
JSTARS: Military has the ‘Eyesight’, But Where’s the Foresight? Imagine if the Union Army had possessed the technical means to "see" from the farmlands of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia. President Abraham Lincoln's military commanders could have monitored the movements. . .
Keep Coast Guard Sharp: Expanding Missions Demand Modern Gear When most people think of the U.S. Coast Guard, they think of a small-boat force that risks life and limb in crashing surf and stormy seas to rescue errant boaters. Perhaps they imagine a sleek cutter, armed . . .
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