Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT October-December 2013 Contents THE EVOLVING MILITARY BALANCE IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA AND NORTHEAST
ASIA, VOL. III: MISSILE, DPRK AND ROK NUCLEAR FORCES, AND EXTERNAL NUCLEAR
FORCES (CSIS Repor ts)
by Anthony H. Cordesman and Ashley Hess
(Washington, DC: Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2013, 186 pages; available online at http://csis.org/
e analysis in this third volume of " e Evolving Military Balance in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia" series
from Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic & International Studies,
and Hess, who worked with Cordesman as a research intern, shows how tensions between the Koreas---the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea--- create a nearly open-ended spectrum of possible con icts that
could also include the People's Republic of China, Japan and the United States. ese range from posturing and threats,
to a major conventional con ict on the Korean Peninsula, to intervention by outside powers such as the United States
and China, to the extreme of nuclear con ict. e authors also raise the possibility of con icts that could extend far
beyond the boundaries of the Koreas.
WEAPONS ACQUISITION REFORM: REFORM ACT IS HELPING DOD ACQUISITION
PROGRAMS REDUCE RISK, BUT IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES REMAIN
by the U.S. Government Accountability O ce
(CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013, 48 pages; available online at http://w w w.gao.gov/products/
is third GAO analysis of 11 weapon acquisition programs shows that the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of
2009 (WSAR A) has reinforced early attention to requirements, cost and schedule estimates, testing and reliability. For
example, before starting development, an independent review team raised concerns about the Ground Combat Vehicle
program's requirements and the risks associated with its seven-year schedule. e Army then reduced the requirements
by about 25 percent and prioritized them, giving contractors more exibility in designing solutions. In addition, the
O ce of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation---created by WSAR A---
used test results to help the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program develop a more realistic reliability goal and a better
approach. Still, DOD faces ve challenges---organizational capability constraints, the need for additional guidance
on cost estimating and WSAR A implementation, uncertainty about the su ciency of systems engineering and devel-
opmental testing resources, limited dissemination of lessons learned, and cultural barriers between the O ce of the
Secretary of Defense and the military ser vices---that limit its ability to broaden WSAR A's in uence.
CARBON NANOTUBES: SELECT ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY STUDIES
Edited by Percy Szalkowski
(Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc., 2013, 72 pages)
is book delves into the science of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as explored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
CNTs, rolled-up sheets of graphite with very high mechanical strength and novel electronic properties, have poten-
tial applications in materials science, such as the structural dynamics of helicopter rotor blades. Topics in this book
include increasing the capacitance of CNT- or graphene-based supercapacitors by adding pseudocapacitive manga-
nese oxide nanoparticles; electrochemical double layer capacitors fabricated using CNT/paper exible electrodes;
improving microbolometric response using CNTs; and the performance of CNTs in extreme conditions and in the
presence of microwaves.
A wealth of suggested reading titles is in GEN Odierno s professional reading list, online at http://www.history.army.
mil/html/books/105/105-1-1/index.html. Is there a book you d like to recommend for this column? Send us an email
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