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India Comes Out of its Shell

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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India, a nonaligned nation long reluctant to involve itself in the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region, has begun to increase its involvement with the United States and other nations of the dynamic region.

Clarity, Determination Needed for U.S. Pacific Strategy

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Viewed as an indispensable force for peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States risks losing the support it enjoys from nearly every nation in that hemisphere if it is ambiguous and not willing to take a stand during crises, said defense experts.

Navy Confronts Broad Cyberthreats

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Navy is facing new and better cyber adversaries as it expands its own cyber footprint. These threats face the fleet and the nation, and the Navy may be called upon to respond in both cases.

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.

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