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Six Areas Dominate Marine Corps Modernization

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Marine Corps is focusing on six different capability areas as it looks to modernize its force amid personnel reductions. Each area has subsets of activity, and their focal points range from operational to technological.

U.S. Energy Boom Changes Coast Guard Mission

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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As if it did not have enough new missions added to its responsibilities, the U.S. Coast Guard may find itself adding more emphasis to an old activity. The recent boom in U.S. fossil fuel extraction and production offers to increase the traffic of energy products on U.S. rivers.

Naval Information Technology Sees Opportunity Amid Frugality

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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At least one U.S. Navy information technology leader believes the service can benefit from the severe budget constraints imposed by sequestration. Rear Adm. David H. Lewis USN, commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), explained how this might come to pass.

Naval Aviation Focuses on Information Technology

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Information technology systems, elements and methodologies are becoming more of a factor in U.S. naval aviation. Virtual capabilities are supplanting physical training, and new architectures may allow faster incorporation of new technologies.

Might Sequestration Be On the Way Out?

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The sequestration bill that has been the bane of military procurement may be on its last legs, although its reach still has some distance to go. That is the prediction of a Washington, D.C., attorney who specializes in defense procurement.

Defense Must Adopt Commercial Practices, Attitudes

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Adopting commercial practices in military acquisition would help both the Defense Department and the companies that serve it. Both entities have slipped into risk-averse behavior that benefits neither and hurts the warfighting customer, said industry and former government experts.

Industry, Government Impede Defense IT Acquisition

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Archaic acquisition regulations designed to reduce risk, teamed with commercial technology controls, are inhibiting efforts to procure information technology systems quickly and effectively, according to military and civilian experts.

Marines Look to Strengthen Tactical Networking

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Marine Corps is focusing on network advances that empower warfighters to an unprecedented degree. The result will be that smaller groups of Marines will have more capabilities than larger units had just a few years ago.

Military Networks Must Reach Down, Reach Up

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The advantages offered by defense network advances need to be sped to both the warfighter and the decision maker, according to a panel of service communicators. Improvements from security to data storage offer vital capabilities that vary among the different ranks in the military.

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