The Defense Department is taking a guarded approach to
funding for the controversial Medium Extended Air Defense System as the new
fiscal year begins under a continuing resolution to fund government operations,
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The Medium Extended Air Defense System's surveillance radar would make a good addition to the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 weapon and could improve the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System's performance, according to a new report on missile defense issued by the National Academy of Sciences.
The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program may not be greatly affected by the continuing resolution recently passed by Congress, which funds the government at fiscal year 2012 levels until March, according to an industry executive.
Raytheon proved in an Army- and Navy-funded demonstration that its Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) could operate with existing Navy networks and could protect ships against anti-ship cruise missiles, but the Navy is not in the position to procure JLENS in the near-term, an official said.
The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a $248 million option to Raytheon to continue "performing operation and sustainment services for the X-Band Radar efforts in support of the MDA Sensors Program," according to an agency statement. Work on the contract will be performed during the entirety of fiscal year 2013. "Research, development, test and evaluation, and operations & maintenance funds will be used to fund this effort," the statement adds.
Boeing officials revealed recently that the company will bid on multiple subsystem contracts under the Air Force's future intercontinental ballistic missile sustainment strategy, but the company will stay out of the competition for the "integration support" contractor the service is also looking for.
The Missile Defense Agency wants industry to show how they would produce, field and maintain the entire Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar system to ensure a complete data package is acquired for companies to build and integrate the system in the future, according to a Sept. 25 request for information.
Air Force officials have determined they need more time to evaluate and negotiate the possible pricing for a block buy of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles this year, thus pushing the block buy contract into 2013, according to Air Force Space Command's senior official.
The Air Force recently began disassembling the newer of two Air Force Satellite Control Network antennas that formed the Colorado Tracking Station at Schriever Air Force Base, CO, to prepare it for a transfer to Thule Air Base in Greenland.
The Air Force is making progress in clearly laying out the expectations for its forthcoming launch and test range contract competition, for which a request for proposals could be released this month, according to an industry executive.
Despite congressional pushback, Air Force leaders maintain that the Operationally Responsive Space program would function better as a service-wide concept than an isolated program office.
An "aggressive" Pentagon analytical effort to identify critical and fragile niches in the defense industrial base has turned up several areas of concern for senior military acquisition officials, who have developed plans to intervene if necessary, according to a new government report.
A recently released Defense Department study of the defense industrial base characterizes the health of the space sector as "generally sound," but notes some concerns driven by the global recession and increased foreign competition.
All Defense Department managers and military commanders were put on notice last week by the Pentagon's No. 2 official: Don't do anything different under the assumption that sequestration will be implemented.
The Navy intends to release a draft request for proposals this month for Aegis Combat System ship integration and test (SI&T) efforts, which includes integration into future Aegis-equipped ships as well as fleet modernization, according to service officials.