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Inside Missile Defense - 01/23/2013

DOD Report Offers Glimpse Into Spotty Patriot Test Performance

A new Defense Department report offers a behind-the-scenes account of an Army Patriot test last year that was fraught with problems, but was characterized as a success by the service and industry officials.902 words

Standard Missile-3 Block 1B Remedial Test Flight Slated For February

The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system is scheduled for two test events in February, and the first test event could result in a production decision for Standard Missile-3 Block 1B, according to the Aegis BMD program executive.429 words

MEADS Officials Move To Keeps The Lights On Through 'At Least' March

Lacking 2013 funding from the United States for the trinational Medium Extended Air Defense System, the NATO program office is freeing up leftover money from last year to keep activities going through March, when key decisions are due in Washington.510 words

DOT&E: SBIRS Meets Operational Expectation, Falls Short On Suitability

A test last fall of certain capabilities in the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System constellation yielded largely positive results but identified a deficiency that will affect its suitability, according to a Pentagon report released last week.446 words

SBIRS GEO-2 To Arrive At The Cape In Preparation For March Launch

The second satellite in the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System constellation arrived this month at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, where Lockheed Martin and service technicians will ready the satellite for a planned launch in March.389 words

Conference Shot Down

The 11th annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference -- hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in cooperation with Lockheed Martin, and supported by the Missile Defense Agency -- has become a casualty of federal fiscal woes. The event, slated to take place March 18-20 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, has been called off. "Due to the uncertain atmosphere surrounding the budget sequestration and the near term guidance received from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the 11th U.S. Missile Defense Conference and Exhibit has been cancelled," AIAA's website states.104 words

AFSPC Chief: Hosted Payload Contract To Be Awarded By Year's End

The Air Force has plans to issue a contract for commercially hosted payloads by the end of this calendar year, paving the way for the service to explore more pervasive use of the capability, according to Air Force Space Command's top official.488 words

Navy Releases Draft RFP For Aegis Combat System SI&T After Delay

The Navy recently released the long-awaited draft request for proposals for Aegis Combat System ship integration (SI&T) efforts, which includes integration into future Aegis-equipped ships as well as fleet modernization, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.350 words

Flight III DDGs To Cost About $2 Billion, Have Margins For Future Growth

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer's new Air and Missile Defense Radar will be about 35 times more powerful than the current radar system and will allow the vast majority of the ship's hull to stay the same, setting the price at about $2 billion per boat, the Navy's DDG-51 program manager said last week.812 words

CONUS-Based Location Chosen For JLENS COCOM Exercise

The Army has picked a U.S. location to base the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System for a combatant command exercise, according to the Army's JLENS program manager.855 words

Raytheon Moves Into Detailed Design Phase Of EWR Upgrade Programs

The Air Force and prime contractor Raytheon have moved beyond the preliminary design stage of a two-site early warning radar modernization program after the completion of an important review in December and the exercising of an option for that second location.778 words

DOD Testing Chief Drops Public Discussion Of ASBM Target Shortfall

The Pentagon's testing directorate ceased airing concerns about the lack of a surrogate missile urgently needed to test defenses against unprecedented Chinese weapons designed to sink maneuvering U.S. aircraft carriers because the details are classified, according to the Defense Department.647 words

USAF Reaches Out To Industry On GBSD After Recent Minuteman III Flight

The Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile community this winter completed a successful operational test, expects to award a broad ICBM sustainment contract and, most recently, issued an initial solicitation for white papers on the future of the ground-based leg of the nuclear triad.955 words

OSD To Re-Certify EELV Program Following April Nunn-McCurdy Breach

The Pentagon's Defense Acquisition Board plans to reinstate a milestone C decision for the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program this month, according to a service spokesman.483 words

Fuel Leak Led To Flawed Delta IV Launch; Root Cause Still Undetermined

As an investigation continues into the driving cause of an engine malfunction during an October Delta IV launch, the head of Air Force Space Command said last week the service has characterized the problem as a fuel leak in the vehicle's combustion chamber.484 words

Gilmore: Stronger Ties Needed Between Testers, Requirements Writers

Collaboration between the requirements and the test communities needs to be strengthened to better ensure needed systems are operationally effective and suitable, the Pentagon's top weapons tester writes in a new report.686 words

Gilmore: DOD Programs Struggle With Reliability, But That Could Change

While reliability continues to lag in many programs, the Defense Department is beginning to see some improvements, according to a new annual report to Congress from DOD's top tester.542 words

Carter Launches Review To Apply Corporate Business Practices To DOD

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has launched a review to determine how, in this tough fiscal environment, the Pentagon could adapt best business practices from the private sector.482 words


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