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Conflict and Security Issues : Military and Defense Studies
Information Assurance for Network-Centric Naval Forces

Owing to the expansion of network-centric operating concepts across the Department of Defense (DOD) and the growing threat to information and cybersecurity from lone actors, groups of like-minded actors, nation-states, and malicious insiders, information assurance is an area of significant ...

Phase I Report on Review of the Testing of Body Armor Materials for Use by the U.S. Army:Letter Report

The National Research Council of the National Academies established a study to assess the methodologies used by the U.S. Army for the testing of body armor. This Phase I report is focused primarily on the validity of laser-profiling techniques for ...

Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was formed in response to the failed rescue attempt in 1980 of American hostages held by Iran. Among its key responsibilities, SOCOM plans and synchronizes operations against terrorist networks. Special operations forces (SOF) often ...

Avoiding Technology Surprise for Tomorrow's Warfighter:A Symposium Report

On April 29, 2009 the National Research Council held a 1-day symposium titled, 'Avoiding Technology Surprise for Tomorrow's Warfighter.' This volume, a report of the symposium, highlights key challenges confronting the scientific and technical intelligence (S & TI) community and ...

Optimizing U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense Review of Air Force Acquisitions Programs

The Department of Defense (DOD) spends over $300 billion each year to develop, produce, field and sustain weapons systems (the U.S. Air Force over $100 billion per year).  DOD and Air Force acquisitions programs often experience large cost overruns and ...

Safety of Dietary Supplements for Horses, Dogs, and Cats

Growing numbers of pet owners are giving their pets dietary supplements in hopes of supporting their health. Many people presume that supplements are safer than drugs, but the reality is that there are very limited safety data on dietary supplements ...

Maritime Security Partnerships

To offer security in the maritime domain, governments around the world need the capabilities to directly confront common threats like piracy, drug-trafficking, and illegal immigration. No single navy or nation can do this alone.

Recognizing this new international security landscape, the ...

U.S. Conventional Prompt Global Strike: Issues for 2008 and Beyond

Conventional prompt global strike (CPGS) is a military option under consideration by the U.S. Department of Defense. This book, the final report from the National Research Council’s Committee on Conventional Prompt Global Strike Capability, analyzes proposed CPGS systems and evaluates ...

Use of Dietary Supplements by Military Personnel

Dietary supplements are widely available through a rapidly expanding market of products commonly advertised as beneficial for health, performance enhancement, and disease prevention. Given the importance and frequent evaluation of physical performance and health as a criteria to join ...

Combined Exposures to Hydrogen Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide in Army Operations:Final Report

To determine whether the air quality inside armored-vehicle cabins can meet exposure guidelines under deployment conditions, the Army assessed possible synergistic toxic effects from potentially harmful substances.  This book, the final of two reports on the subject from the National ...