authorizers want the Defense and State departments to jointly submit a report
to Congress on how the administration plans to share with NATO the costs of the
proposed land-based missile defense system in Europe.370 words
With the Medium Extended Air Defense System program slated to end, the Defense Department plans to spend upwards of $2 billion on beefing up Patriot, which MEADS was designed to replace, according to a new report from acting acquisition chief Frank Kendall.
Despite a recent program delay, the Missile Defense Agency plans to conduct an intercept test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system regardless of whether the latest version of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle is ready.
The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee wants to increase funding for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense weapon system by $127 million, allowing the Army to procure 12 more interceptors than funded in the president's fiscal year 2013 budget request, a House Armed Services Committee spokesman told Inside the Army.
Government Accountability Office is concerned about the Missile Defense
Agency's practice of "concurrency," i.e. overlapping "between technology
development and product development or between product development and
production. While some concurrency is understandable, committing to product
development before requirements are understood and technologies mature or
committing to production and fielding before development is complete is a
high-risk strategy that often results in performance shortfalls, unexpected
cost increases, schedule delays, and test problems," GAO states in an April 20
Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is supporting an Air Force
decision to acquire two additional Space Based Infrared System satellites as
part of a block buy but has rejected the service's request for advanced appropriations
for the second consecutive year.518 words
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Navy released a draft request for proposals for the next phase of its Air and Missile Defense Radar for future destroyers last month, and top officials claimed AMDR development is moving forward better than expected.
A surveillance system built to track targets from space will flex its sensors during a round of tests this year.
Force's Space Fence program has requested additional time from the Office of
the Secretary of Defense to prepare its proposal to formally launch the final phase
of a competition between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to build a new
ground-based radar network designed to exponentially improve the military's
ability to track orbiting objects.529 words
A House Armed
Services subcommittee has recommended sustaining funding for an Air Force
office dedicated to rapidly developing space capabilities, despite the
service's desire to close down that office.721 words
Force, recognizing the need to develop a follow-on to the Evolved Expendable
Launch Vehicle rocket booster's upper-stage engine, is set to initiate a study
on "cost effective, technically mature alternatives" to the EELV's engine
within the next two months.450 words
An Air Force plan to consolidate the way it operates its three space-launch ranges on both coasts is drawing interest from a variety of companies, especially those with some role in current operations.
A House panel
is endorsing the Pentagon's multimillion-dollar request to develop a weapon
that can strike anywhere in the world in under an hour, encouraging defense
officials to capitalize on a successful flight test of a hypersonic glide
authorizers have recommended fully funding the Air Force's bomber aircraft
plans in fiscal year 2013, but those same lawmakers say they are "discouraged"
and "disappointed" by the service's path forward on several platforms, among
them the next-generation bomber.732 words
The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee included a host of additional missile defense-related provisions in its mark-up of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill last week. Among them: