Editor's corner.In a drastic departure from tradition, the U.S. Navy is moving forward with plans to change the way it maintains and keeps warships ready for combat. The reforms were spurred by escalating commitments around the world coupled with a shrinking fleet. Under the so-called "fleet response concept," the Navy will commit to having two-thirds of the fleet in war-ready status.
Even though the fleet response concept is viewed as a common-sense approach to meeting growing demands, Navy officials concede they have serious concerns about its potential unintended consequences For the "Law of unintended consequences", see Unintended consequence
Unintended Consequences is a novel by author John Ross, first published in 1996 by Accurate Press. , which could affect the health of the industrial base and the morale of the sailors. For more details on the fleet response concept and its possible implications, turn to page 50.
The Marine Corps, meanwhile, increasingly is hopeful that its controversial V-22 Osprey The V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multimission, military tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing capability (STOL). tilt rotor aircraft will successfully pass upcoming tests. Based on encouraging trials, the Marines are planning to stand up the first V-22 squadron in December. For a detailed update on the program, go to page 38.
Among the Army's latest initiatives to modernize the force is the Objective Force Warrior. With the recent selection of a contractor to manage this complex program, Army officials say they have reasons to be optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op about the future of the OFW OFW Overseas Filipino Worker
OFW Oxyfuel Gas Welding
OFw Oberfeldwebel (German)
OFW Organisationsforum Wirtschaftskongress (Germany)
OFW Objective Force Warrior (US Army) . But the technical hurdles ahead are formidable, as the Army learned painfully trying to develop the Land Warrior Land Warrior was a United States Army program, cancelled in 2007, that would have used a combination of commercial, off-the-shelf technology (COTS) and current-issue military gear and equipment designed to:
The Army's Future Combat System appears to be progressing toward the next phase of development and engineering. But it is yet not clear what the Army will do about its truck fleet. The plan was to field the Future Tactical Truck System--a family of high-tech trucks--alongside the FCS FCS - Frame Check Sequence . But funding cuts and undefined requirements have delayed the FTTS FTTS Fly to the Sky (band)
FTTS FIFRA/TSCA Tracking System (EPA)
FTTS Future Tactical Truck System
FTTS Future Train Traffic Control
FTTS Factor-To-Target Sequence program by at least five years.
The slip means that the Army will have to rely on older trucks to deliver fuel and ammunition to the FCS fleet. With the Army augmenting its deployments, the service will need to upgrade existing trucks until the FTTS comes to fruition, if in fact the program gets off the ground. Read the complete story on page 25.
Another effort now under way is the development of a combat-identification software architecture for the FCS program. The program is gaining high-level scrutiny in light of the continuing difficulties that plague U.S. forces trying to distinguish friend from foe in the fog of war. The Defense Department has started working on upgrades to friend-or-foe technologies, both for U.S. soldiers and coalition operations. Find out more on page 22.
This August edition of National Defense also includes the 2003 Mega Directory--a comprehensive guide to procurement organizations within the Defense Department and to nearly 1,000 companies in the defense industry.
More specifically, the acquisition guide lists each service's procurement organizations. For the corporate listing, the Mega Directory presents in alphabetical order the corporate members of the National Defense Industrial Association and its affiliates, the National Training Systems Association, the' Association for Enterprise Integration, the Precision Strike Association and the National Correlation Working Group. A comprehensive index of corporate capabilities also is included.
The Mega Directory; additionally, features a "Meetings Guide" section that identifies the volunteer organizations of NDIA NDIA National Defense Industrial Association
NDIA New Doha International Airport (Qatar) , including technical divisions and chapters around the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .