May 2004

May 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

A cluster of robots races across the desert in this artists’concept from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The ability of robots to operate autonomously in diverse conditions will rely on advances in perception capabilities, according to a National Research Council report.

Seeing is believing if robots are to perform up to par.

May 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group drive through a river to the Daychopan region of Afghanistan. Gen. Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.), commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) during the Afghanistan War, relates that the command began planning for operations in that country shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

May 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

The USS Mount Whitney, command ship of the U.S. Second Fleet, sails in support of operation Enduring Freedom. The commander’s brief has been enhanced by a new Web-based briefing tool that replaces traditional PowerPoint presentations.

Commander’s briefing now presents more than just the facts.

May 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Adm. Vern Clark, USN, chief of naval operations, addresses a standing-room-only luncheon at West 2004.

Despite recent gains, more hurdles remain.

May 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 

At the Boeing Company’s production facility in St. Louis, the Super Hornet’s forward fuselage, which Boeing manufactures, is spliced together with the center and aft fuselage, which Northrop Grumman manufactures. Boeing is the team lead in the partnership with Northrop Grumman to build the fuselage. General Electric manufactures the engines, and Raytheon provides the radar.

May 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 

The RoboLobster prototype is about two feet long, has eight legs and weighs about seven pounds on land.

Researchers learn lessons from nature.

May 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 

The Red Team’s vehicle traveled 7.4 miles, veered off course and was wedged on an obstacle.

May 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
 

The U.S. Navy’s Center for Concept Visualization (CCV) uses three-dimensional imaging to create a virtual environment for viewing hydrodynamic and hydroacoustic phenomena.

May 2004
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

The transformation that is redefining our military, far from slowing down, is actually gaining speed as it reaches into every corner of military affairs. If we measure the success of military transformation by the rate of positive change, then we have done more to improve the way we fight over the past four years than was achieved over the previous 213.

Yet, this transformation is only the latest in a series of changes that define the history of the U.S. military. The defense community has been changing at various intervals for all of its 217-year history. What makes the ongoing transformation truly a revolution in military affairs is that, unlike earlier changes, it comes from within.

May 2004
By Cheryl Lilie

 

The weblog tool, developed by Traction Software Incorporated, works like an interactive Web newspaper. Information is labeled and categorized by subject or by posting time.

U.S. Defense Department tests Web technology for program management tasks.

May 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon, Maryann Lawlor, Cheryl Lilie

Janet Hale, undersecretary for management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), outlined upcoming improvements for the organization’s enterprise architecture, noting that a single wide area network will be in place by late 2004.

May 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

Large numbers of unmanned platforms, such as this Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, will provide future warfighters with around-the-clock persistent surveillance of enemy forces. By providing these systems with datalinks, the U.S. Air Force may be able to create robust mobile networks across entire theaters of operation.