Posts Tagged ‘Defense’

MARAD Offers Piracy Awareness at Website

January 4, 2009

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The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a compilation of information relating to piracy in waters off the Horn of Africa, including maritime advisories, piracy statistics, a list of ships hijacked, and recommended counter-piracy measures. The information can be found at:
http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/horn_of_africa_piracy/horn_of_africa_piracy.htm

(Source: Holland & Knight)

Gates Pledges “Active” Role as Obama Defense Secretary

December 13, 2008

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday that he had no intention of being a “caretaker” at the Pentagon and that he agreed with what he termed President-elect Barack Obama’s “responsible drawdown” plan for American combat troops from Iraq.

The defense secretary did not explicitly endorse Mr. Obama’s campaign pledge to withdraw all combat troops within 16 months.

Instead, Mr. Gates said he supported the broad outlines of Mr. Obama’s Iraq strategy and gave indications that he and the president-elect could reach common ground on troop withdrawals over the next year.

Read the full article at NYT

Obama’s National Security Strategy

December 13, 2008

 

While no one has said developing a new national security strategy will be as easy as one, two, three, a key member of President-elect Barack Obama’s camp recently recommended a trio of steps toward that end, reports Inside Defense (paid subscription required)

DuPont, German company win lightweight battery contest

October 9, 2008
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The partnership of DuPont and SFC Smart Fuel Cells AG of Germany won a Defense Department competition on Saturday to develop an ultralightweight portable battery that ground troops could use to power high-tech devices they need in battle.

The team, which took home a $1 million prize, adapted SFC’s commercial methanol-based fuel cell that is used to provide power for recreational vehicles to meet the requirements Defense had set for the competition. The team reduced the size of its fuel cell by more than half, down to a package that was not much bigger than a box for a fancy ink pen, which can easily fit into a military field vest, said team leader Mark Baunchalk.