leaders have directed the Army to rework the service's initial program
objective memorandum proposal to address congressional concerns about a lack of
planning in upgrading the service's air and missile-defense capabilities, Inside
the Army has learned.428 words
The Army Test and Evaluation Command completed an operational test of Raytheon's Patriot and Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors against tactical ballistic missile targets on Aug. 29 at White Sands Missile Range, NM, according to an Army spokesman.
An Army solicitation released last month for Patriot radar upgrades suggests the service is moving forward with a far-reaching modernization program for the air-defense system despite recent criticism from members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The Pentagon is assessing its Cooperative Threat Reduction Program objectives and reviewing work with partner nations in light of recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences, according to a report the Defense Department recently submitted to Congress.
The United States should conduct strategic stability talks with Russia concerning force structure, posture and doctrine to avoid strategic surprises and misunderstandings, according to a report issued by the State Department's International Security Advisory Board.
States and Russia could take four key "transparency" steps in the near term to
promote the transformation of the bilateral nuclear relationship toward "mutual
assured stability," according to a draft report by the State Department's
International Security Advisory Board.282 words
is renewing the charter for the Missile Defense Avisory Committee, according to
an Aug. 28 Federal Register notice. The committee's purpose is to
provide "independent advice and recommendations on all matters relating to
missile defense, including system development, technology, program maturity and
readiness of configurations for the Ballistic Missile Defense System," the
announcement reads.59 words
discussions about space sustainability and security continue, the United States
must display leadership and involvement in international policy and make room
for industry innovation, defense and industry officials said at a recent
congressional briefing.531 words
The first and
only Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite has achieved initial operational
capability, Air Force Space Command officials announced recently.381 words
The Air Force
should shift the responsibility for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
investments from Air Combat Command to the Air Force ISR Agency in order to
more effectively manage ISR investments, a retired service official told Inside
the Pentagon.716 words
The Office of the Secretary of Defense has approved the Air Force's proposed method for converting a set of B-52 bombers from nuclear-capable to conventional-only platforms, one of the Pentagon's requirements as part of the follow-on Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ratified in 2010.
The Air Force Research Laboratory's directed energy directorate is continuing work on a program to replace the chemical laser with a high-energy solid-state laser, according to the directorate's chief scientist.
National Academy of Sciences report has recommended that the Defense Department
copy the methods of Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works division to improve its
recruitment of technology experts, the head of that division said the Skunk
Works culture cannot be replicated on a large scale.460 words
contractors and business groups have criticized as too broad a new, Commerce
Department-proposed definition of items that are "specially designed" for military
applications and thereby subject to stricter controls than other items on the
Commodity Control List (CCL) that are not so designated. However, the groups
did acknowledge that this proposal is an improvement over an initial proposed
definition issued last year.1473 words
The deputy defense secretary has reestablished the Strategic Choices Group to help guide key decisions about the military's fiscal year 2014 spending plan, forming -- for the second year in a row -- a high-level body to debate issues affecting weapons programs, force structure and policy initiatives needed to implement the Obama administration's Strategic Defense Guidance.