Volume 26 Issue 11 • Nov. 1989

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  • R&D: salvation in verification

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):66 - 69
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    The impact of arms reductions on US Government R&D funding is discussed. It is noted that funding will probably be cut at worst by a percentage point or two, propped up by large programs such as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), and with opportunities in newer defense priorities such as surveillance and the force multiplication technologies that will increase the effectiveness of the sma... View full abstract»

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  • Education: trouble waiting in the wings

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):60 - 64
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    The educational problems that underlie the decline in the US engineering labor force are addressed. The influence of the US Department of Defense (DoD), which is mostly felt indirectly through the research it sponsors at universities, is examined. Funding of university research by industry and the Federal Government (other than DoD) is discussed. A critical shortage of faculty, which is only a dec... View full abstract»

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  • A rising war on terrorists

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):33 - 36
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    Technology for detecting and preventing acts of terrorism is addressed. Attention is directed toward methods for detecting explosives. The one technology, thermal-neutron activation (TNA), that has so far proven that it can quickly and reliably detect specified quantities of explosives within luggage and divert suspect bags without human intervention is described. Promising alternatives to TNA, wh... View full abstract»

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  • Back to the future: a perspective (defense spending)

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):42 - 44
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    The impact of declines in defense spending on industry is considered. Cutbacks following World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars are examined in an attempt to assess what the effect would be if the current reduction in defense budget growth proves to be another decline rather than a plateau.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • From swords to plowshares (defense spending)

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):45 - 49
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    The effects of cutbacks in defense spending on employment are addressed. Issues discussed include early retirement of the 1950's engineering graduates and transfer of skills from defense to civilian work. Past cycles are examined in an attempt to learn some lessons that could be useful today. Suggestions are made as to what individual engineers can do to convert to civilian work.<<ETX>>... View full abstract»

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  • In search of peaceful pastures (defense electrical engineers)

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):49 - 52
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    Profiles are presented of six EEs who set their sights on new niches in the wake of cutbacks in defense spending. These engineers had varying experiences and lessons are drawn from these experiences. They suggest trying to make the transition before it is an emergency, not getting too specialized, and continuing to develop one's skills.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Reemployment assistance limited

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):52 - 55
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    The need for defense industry employees to consider what kind of treatment they can expect if they are laid off-or 'redeployed', as some companies call it-is considered. The array of services to laid-off employees include: assistance in preparing resumes, training to improve interviewing skills, and counseling sessions on strategies for job searches. Many also provide a 'job skills center' in whic... View full abstract»

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  • International arms sales sag

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):56 - 60
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    The impact of the potential suspension of the cold war between the US and the USSR on arms sales is discussed. Military expenditure by both superpowers as well as by the eastern bloc and NATO is examined. The buying power of the Middle East, which remains the world's largest market for arms, and the growing spending on arms in Asia are considered.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Rethinking weapons and strategy

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):36 - 42
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    The need to back off on weapons modernization and expansion owing to economic limitations is discussed. The importance of a clear strategy for bringing defense spending within realistic limits without damaging US preparedness is argued. Some elements that could be part of such a strategy are examined. The fight to save the B-2 (stealth) bomber is highlighted. The role of technology and the impact ... View full abstract»

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  • Peaceful watchdogs (remote sensing)

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):28 - 33
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    The growing importance of verification technology in the wake of US-Soviet disarmament agreements is discussed. For the most recent generation of pacts, the United States is depending heavily, but not as exclusively as before, on remote sensing. The capabilities of US and Soviet reconnaissance satellites are examined, with emphasis on the US's Lacrosse radar satellite. Technology being developed t... View full abstract»

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  • Industry: seeking strength in mergers

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):64 - 66
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    Industry response to the leveling off in US defense spending is examined. Attempts to enter joint production ventures in order to allay the risks of having fewer systems to bid on are discussed. Many of these joints ventures are international as there are fewer new program starts not only in the US but worldwide. Attention is on the aerospace segment of the defense industry which has been hardest ... View full abstract»

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