The full-rate production decision for the Standard Missile-6 won't happen until fiscal year 2013, after the Navy conducts additional tests this fall to verify corrections of deficiencies, according to a Navy official.
While Army leaders and industry executives are fighting to keep the Medium Extended Air Defense System alive in the United States through its development phase, Lockheed Martin is in discussions with Germany and Italy about follow-on opportunities for the system, while additional nations have expressed interest in MEADS' capabilities, according to company officials.
While the Army's cornerstone missile-defense program has cleared a critical design review in recent months, service officials are keeping the results of a new cost estimate, mandated by a February acquisition decision memorandum, under wraps.
Brig. Gen. Samuel Greaves, who has been selected for the rank of major general,
has been appointed deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency, according to
a June 22 Pentagon statement. Greaves is currently the director for strategic
plans, programs and analyses at Air Force Space Command. He will be replaced by
Air Force Brig. Gen Roger Teague, vice commander of the Space and Missile
Systems Center. Teague's position will be filled by Air Force Maj. Gen.
Terrence Feehan, "program executive for programs and integration" at MDA, the
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The Navy and the Missile Defense Agency plan to conduct Flight Test Maritime-18 this week using a more complex target than the one used in a successful May test with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, according to Missile Defense Agency spokesman Richard Lehner.
The computer room and combat information center in the guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville (CG-62) have been emptied out and prepared for installation of the new baseline 9 of the Aegis Combat System, the first upgrade in the Navy's plan to move to the new system that leverages commercial-off-the-shelf parts and enhances the ships' missile-defense capability.
The Army chief of staff confirmed last week that the service was developing doctrine and tactics to take on a new mission to counter weapons of mass destruction, noting that it meant strengthening and maintaining ties to U.S. Special Operations Command forged over a decade of war.
top think tank believes more resources need to be directed toward ground-level
intelligence gathering if the service, per Pentagon guidance, is to develop
greater capabilities to counter weapons of mass destruction, according to the
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The Commerce Department has launched an extensive review of the space industry designed to closely map its supply chain in what is believed to be the broadest effort of its kind.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is preparing to invest almost $50 million over the next five years to mature space sensor technologies.
Top Navy and Marine Corps leadership are taking a close look at where directed-energy weapon technology is today and how they want to see it develop in the future as a supplement to kinetic weapons already in the fleet.
The Defense Department's inspector general has weighed in on a small but important step in the Air Force's audit readiness effort, approving of the service's process of accounting for military and other equipment and recommending improvements to some internal controls in the future.
Lockheed Martin's chairman and CEO warned last week that $500 billion in cuts to the Pentagon's budget from sequestration would be "a blunt-force trauma to industry," and leaders of the company's programs are seeking ways to soften the blow, through efficiencies and international sales, despite little guidance from government on how the cuts might take place.
approved a request to increase spending by $70 million on Israel's Iron Dome
short-range rocket and mortar defense program by shifting funds from more than
a dozen U.S. missile-defense programs, according to a Pentagon reprogramming