Stealth warplanes and smart bombs aren't the only things in short supply at the Pentagon. With 1,800 World War II era vets passing away every day and only 500 U.S. military buglers scattered around the globe there's a shortage of buglers available to play taps at funerals. The Pentagon's solution: a cone-shaped, electronic taps player that hides inside the bell of a standard bugle. Powered by a pair of 9-volt batteries, the all-weather unit emits a high-quality, dutifully mournful rendition of taps. Listeners say it's a big improvement over the tape and CD versions that some vets have had to endure coming from nonmilitary-issue boom boxes. The Pentagon has shipped 50 of the units to Missouri for a six-month test.