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Inside Missile Defense - August 16, 2017
  • AMDR tracks missile target in key developmental test

    The Navy's next-generation, surface warfare radar program -- the Air and Missile Defense Radar -- late last month successfully tracked a target during a developmental test against a medium-range ballistic missile, an assessment that builds on a test earlier this year to detect and track a short-range ballistic missile target.

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  • Ballistic missile defense program costs rise to $164.9 billion

    The Pentagon's cost estimate to develop and acquire the collection of systems comprising ballistic missile defenses rose by more than $11 billion over the last year, with the increase driven by Israeli cooperative programs, kill vehicle development and a new hypersonic defense demonstration.

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  • Experimental THAAD flight test supplanted planned operational flight test

    The Missile Defense Agency's experimental test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system last month supplanted a long-planned operational flight test of the deployed system -- slated to take place at about the same time this year, according to a Defense Department official.

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  • SBIRS High to begin transition to new ground segment in FY-17 and FY-18

    The Air Force told companies at a recent industry day it plans to begin migrating Space-Based Infrared System satellites onto a modernized ground control and mission data-processing system in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

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  • Raytheon's Newest Board Member

    Patriot and Standard Missile manufacturer Raytheon said this week its board of directors has elected Robert Work, the former deputy defense secretary, as a director, effective immediately. Work left the Pentagon last month. Before serving as deputy defense secretary, Work was CEO of the Center for New American Security. He also previously served as Navy undersecretary and spent 27 years in the military. "Bob is well known in both the public and private sectors for his significant expertise in global security matters, most especially in the areas of defense strategy, advanced technologies, international studies and acquisition reform," Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy said in a statement.

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  • STRATCOM expanding counter-UAS guidance to space, missile defense

    U.S. Strategic Command is broadening its previous guidance on countering unmanned aerial systems to include space and missile defense assets.

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  • Trump promises 'billions' more for missile defense

    President Trump is pledging to announce a plan to increase U.S. missile defense spending by "a substantial number of billions" in response to threats from North Korea.

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  • BMD newcomer Jacobs bests Northrop for potential $4.6B MDA contract

    The aerospace and technology arm of Jacobs -- a Dallas-headquartered company best known for its global engineering and construction services -- upset incumbent Northrop Grumman by winning a potential $4.6 billion follow-on contract to support the Missile Defense Agency, its first successful major foray into government missile-defense business.

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  • Pentagon seeks concepts for 'advanced' hypervelocity projectile

    The Pentagon is researching concepts for an "advanced" hypervelocity projectile as part of the Strategic Capabilities Office's initiative to outfit existing artillery systems with the ability to shoot down ballistic missiles.

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  • Mattis: North Korea must 'stand down' its pursuit of nukes

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Aug. 9 that North Korea's "actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by" those of the United States and stressed the futility and catastrophic potential of a nuclear conflict or arms race.

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  • Vendors prepare to duel in the desert at Army's 'SHORAD Shoot Off'

    Defense contractors are vying to provide the Army an interim solution to the dearth of short-range air defense capability in its maneuver formations, with some demonstrating their wares at an event next month.

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  • Air Force offers seed money for industry's NC3 networking, modeling ideas

    The Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Global Strike Command and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center are seeking ideas for nuclear command, control and communications "to define the art of the possible for future NC3 architectures and survivable and enduring communication systems," according to a recent broad agency announcement.

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  • Selva: Separate NC3 system, valid cybersecurity data key to modern nukes

    The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently made the case for separating nuclear command and control from the military's push toward a multidomain system, which the Air Force is exploring through an Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team study slated to end this fall.

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  • Prime contractors outline TMRR prospects ahead of GBSD award

    Boeing and Northrop Grumman are making closing arguments for their Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent designs as the companies prepare for a contract award by the end of the fiscal year.

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  • DOD to submit report on space reorganization options in September

    As House lawmakers propose significant changes to the way the Defense Department manages the space domain, DOD is conducting a trade space review to consider the merit of current proposals and identify new possible organizational and leadership structures.

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  • STRATCOM refining SAR requirements after ORS rapid feasibility review

    U.S. Strategic Command wants to take more time to define its requirements for a small synthetic aperture radar capability after an Operationally Responsive Space study found that "feasible and relevant solutions" exist to meet the urgent operational need.

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  • Kendall says new acquisition structure is doomed to fail

    Frank Kendall, the Defense Department's former acquisition chief, expects the new effort to reorganize the Pentagon's acquisition structure, released this month, to end badly.

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