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“Id say weve done a reasonable job of managing the balance between risk and reward reward being the ultimate performance of the system,” said Dr. Thomas Killion, the Army’s chief scientist, of Future Combat Systems during a January interview in his Pentagon office. “And were very cognizant of the risk associated with the various systems.“ […]

Navy Grows Land Forces

by haninah_levine on February 16, 2007

With the Army and Marine Corps stretched to breaking in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy is scrambling for ways to contribute more to inland fights. One result is a new river boat squadron, second of its type, stood up two weeks ago. Riverine Squadron Two and its sister, Ron One, are part of Navy Expeditionary […]

Taking on LockMart

by haninah_levine on February 15, 2007

Coast Guard commandant Admiral Thad Allen has all but surrendered to critics whove been saying that the services sprawling $24-billion Deepwater modernization program is fatally flawed and rife with corruption, according to The New York Times: We have been running some parts of the Coast Guard like a small business when we are a Fortune […]

In Deep

by haninah_levine on February 9, 2007

May God bless this ship and all who sail in her, said Meryl Chertoff, wife of Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, as she cracked a bottle of Champagne on the towering bow of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf at the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi in November. The newly-christened Bertholf, the first of […]

Defense Tech’s David Axe was in Lebanon in December, reporting on the U.N. force there. His story has been embargoed. Until now … The weird thing about Beirut is all the bullet holes in buildings, road signs and overpasses. Its not the bullet-riddled stuff, per se, thats so strange, but the contrast with all the […]