Monday, December 22, 2014
Missiles Munitions
Tracking Army, Navy and Air Force missile programs
Inside the Navy - 12/22/2014

In the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill President Obama signed into law last week, congressional appropriators fully restored funding for Raytheon's Tomahawk cruise missile in fiscal year 2015.

Inside the Army - 12/22/2014

The Army is moving forward with plans to evaluate alternatives for modernizing the Patriot air and missile defense system, tasking an outside organization with reviewing the Lower Tier Project Office's potential options.

Inside the Army - 12/22/2014

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD -- Military officials unveiled one of two sensor-packed blimps here last week, ahead of an operational exercise that will determine the fate of a program previously flagged for reliability problems.

DefenseAlert - 12/17/2014

The State Department will be starting small on its new international partnership for verifying nuclear disarmament, according to Rose Gottemoeller, the undersecretary for arms control and international security.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/18/2014

Lawmakers have nearly doubled the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 requested budget to support Israel's air missile defense Iron Dome program, but this additional funding will be withheld until Israel's missile defense organization provides information on funding and delivery timelines.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/18/2014

Lawmakers have provided an additional $25 million for a third test of a program designed to strike faraway, fleeting targets on short notice.

DefenseAlert - 12/15/2014

The Missile Defense Agency continues its homeland defense initiatives while balancing a tightened budget as well as congressional concerns, according to the organization's top official.

Inside the Army - 12/15/2014

After differing widely over how much funding the Patriot system should get in their original versions of the defense spending bill, House and Senate lawmakers appeared to compromise on financing for the program in the omnibus appropriations agreement released last week.

Inside the Army - 12/15/2014

House and Senate appropriators have agreed to cut $10.8 million from the Army's budget request for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, testing military claims that not fully funding the request would undermine the system's upcoming trial run.

Inside the Army - 12/15/2014

A House Republican-backed provision to install a U.S. missile defense system in Poland before the new year was dropped in the final defense authorization agreement due to a lack of deployable units, a congressional source said.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/11/2014

Frank Kendall, chief of Pentagon acquisition, wants the Defense Science Board to look into the Defense Department's current and future efforts to counter weapons of mass destruction.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

A House-passed defense policy bill requires the Pentagon to develop a "robust and rigorous" acquisition plan for the redesigned exoatmospheric kill vehicle being developed as part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

Countering weapons of mass destruction and delivering offensive fires are among the first of 20 capabilities the Army will review in a wide-ranging analysis of "warfighting challenges," according to the head of the service's Training and Doctrine Command.

DefenseAlert - 12/05/2014

The Navy has confirmed its plans to integrate the developmental Small Diameter Bomb Increment II weapon system with the F/A-18 Super Hornet independent of the integration schedule for the F-35.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

A high-level Pentagon panel's decision to approve a review of plans for the Army's future air and missile defense system has been delayed until December.

Inside the Navy - 12/01/2014

The first iteration of Raytheon's new Air and Missile Defense Radar successfully tracked a simulated anti-air warfare target, verifying the AMDR software build less than eight months after contract award, according to a company official.

Inside the Air Force - 11/28/2014

The technologies being inserted into Raytheon's Griffin C missile to meet Navy requirements are directly transferable to the A- and B-model Griffin missiles the Air Force buys for its C-130W Stringer II gunship, the company told Inside the Air Force this week.

DefenseAlert - 11/26/2014

U.S. government-services contractor Leidos is in final negotiations with NATO over a deal to help build the alliance's ballistic missile defense shield, according to industry sources.

Inside the Army - 11/24/2014

Some industry officials are still unsure about the extent to which the Missile Defense Agency plans to redesign the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system's exoatmospheric kill vehicle.

Inside the Air Force - 11/21/2014

The Air Force is working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to develop its recommended way-ahead for a new domestic rocket engine, and a top service acquisition official says those details will be unveiled as part of its fiscal year 2016 budget request.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/20/2014

The Defense Department seeks to boost its nuclear program spending by about $1.5 billion over five years beginning in fiscal year 2017 following a series of reviews that identified systemic neglect, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

DefenseAlert - 11/17/2014

Some Navy admirals specializing in surface warfare concur with a new study that suggests refocusing the surface force's ability to take and hold areas of ocean by destroying threats, rather than defending against missiles and torpedoes, according to an analyst pushing the concept.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

As the development phase for the trinational Medium Extended Air Defense System concludes at year's end, NATO will liquidate the organization created to manage the program.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

The Army is dedicating a line of research into explosively formed penetrators, a type of bomb previously known to rip through heavily armored U.S. vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

An evaluation of the Army's plans to upgrade the Patriot air and missile defense system is slated to begin in the coming weeks, but how far the review will go in considering alternatives has yet to be determined.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

U.S. officials still hope to salvage a deal with India to jointly develop Javelin antitank missiles, despite reports weeks ago that New Delhi would buy the Israeli-made "Spike" weapon instead.

Inside the Navy - 11/17/2014

The Marine Corps is planning to upgrade the missile technology on its fleet of light attack helicopters with the Joint Air-Ground Missile, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and a new "smart" rocket launcher, according to the service's aviation plan for 2015.

DefenseAlert - 11/14/2014

The Defense Department seeks to boost its nuclear program spending by about $1.5 billion over five years beginning in fiscal year 2017 following a series of reviews that identified systemic neglect, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

As the Pentagon considers the development of an alternative intercontinental ballistic missile, flight testing of the existing Minuteman III system continues at rate of between two and four launches per year to evaluate the weapon's performance after more than 40 years of continual service.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

Two senior leaders of the Pentagon's nuclear forces last week expressed concern about the nuclear capabilities being fielded by Russia and China, and the ambitions of North Korea to procure ballistic missile submarines.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

The Air Force has placed a $32.5 million order for AGM-176 Griffin missiles with Raytheon to sustain its stockpile of precision-guided munitions, and $40 million has been awarded to Lockheed Martin for Paveway II laser-guided bomb kits.

DefenseAlert - 11/10/2014

The White House is requesting an additional $5 billion in overseas contingency funding in fiscal year 2015 to support its expanded campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with $1.6 billion to support the U.S. mission to train and equip Iraqi and Kurdish forces, according to government documents.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

Sources say that Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has assured Germany he would help facilitate technology transfers to Berlin for the trilateral Medium Extended Air Defense System.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

Army officials remain committed to molding the upcoming Joint Air-To-Ground Missile after Lockheed Martin's Hellfire missile, putting into question whether any other company will bother competing for the work.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

The State Department recently notified Congress about a $1.4 billion sale that would upgrade South Korea's air defenses to the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 configuration, according to a Nov. 5 announcement.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

The launch tube set to be used in the Army's new indirect fire protection program successfully fired interceptors for the first time in a recent test, the service announced last week.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

The Army is soliciting new research proposals in the aviation and missile-technology fields, with contracts potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars up for grabs.

DefenseAlert - 11/07/2014

The Missile Defense Agency has for the first time demonstrated an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ship's ability to simultaneously intercept a short-range ballistic missile target and two cruise missiles in a simulated "raid" attack over the Pacific Ocean.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/06/2014

The Missile Defense Agency is pouring over industry proposals proffered last month to redesign the second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle built by Raytheon, reinforcing optimism of Pentagon officials that a competitive effort to re-work the EKV could improve the reliability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/06/2014

The Missile Defense Agency is conducting market research on designing and producing intercontinental ballistic missile targets as part of the total Ballistic Missile Defense System Targets Program, according to an Oct. 30 request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

A new think tank analysis urges the Army to carve out a special place in its doctrine for launching strikes from the land against faraway maritime and aerial targets.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

India has spurned what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel earlier this year called an "unprecedented offer" to co-develop and co-produce the next generation of Javelin missiles with the United States, opting instead to buy Spike anti-tank systems from Israel.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

The Army will award up to two contracts for the development of a multimission launcher to be used in a new air defense system, the service has announced.

Inside the Navy - 11/03/2014

Raytheon recently completed flight tests of its enhanced Griffin C tactical missile that highlighted the weapon's in-flight re-targeting capability and demonstrated its readiness as a solution for the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package, according to a company representative.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

The Pentagon will fail to meet a December 2017 deadline to destroy its entire stockpile of chemical agents and munitions, Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall told lawmakers in a semiannual Pentagon report on chemical demilitarization.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

The Defense Department, concerned about "a road-mobile ballistic missile threat" from an unnamed country, is convening a classified meeting with industry next week to explore "time-critical targeting capabilities," an information-gathering exercise that could be a potential precursor event for a new missile defense project.

DefenseAlert - 10/29/2014

The civilian chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration hopes a congressionally mandated panel charged with assessing nuclear enterprise management gaps at NNSA will see recent improvement efforts as evidence of progress.

Inside Missile Defense - 10/29/2014

The Defense Department has revised the test plan for the $41 billion Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, replacing a previously scheduled intercept attempt with a new non-intercept test flight next summer that will further assess capabilities of the Raytheon-developed second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle -- a weapon that successfully hit a target for the first time earlier this year.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

A German parliamentary committee wants the Berlin government to decide this year about a next-generation missile-defense system, weeks after an influential study urged patience.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

With the maiden flight of a 250-foot-long Army surveillance blimp slated for mid-December near Washington, officials overseeing the experiment are touting the system's safety features.