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Inside Missile Defense - August 15, 2018
  • DOD weapons tech boss vouches for boost-phase BMD

    The Pentagon's top weapons technology official vouched for the technical feasibility of using a kinetic interceptor to destroy ballistic missiles during the boost-phase of flight, suggesting an unmanned air vehicle armed with a special-purpose missile could provide near-term capability "against limited threats" to kill long-range enemy missiles immediately after launch.

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  • DSB recommends new roadmap to bolster defense against WMDs

    A Pentagon advisory panel is advancing two dozen recommendations for changes in policy, organization, personnel and technology that collectively aim to improve the U.S. military's ability to deter, prevent the threat from -- and deal with the aftermath of an attack of -- chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, according to a summary of a three-volume, classified report.

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  • STRATCOM chief: Space-based BMD sensor layer can be 'quite affordable'

    The head of U.S. Strategic Command says developing and deploying space-based sensors to track ballistic missiles can be "quite affordable," in part due to new "commercial elements," despite cost concerns quashing past efforts to develop such a capability.

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  • Pentagon moves to create Space Force as a new branch of the military

    At the behest of President Trump, the Pentagon has begun taking immediate steps to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military -- a Space Force -- by 2020, though its creation requires congressional authorization, according to a new report provided to Congress.

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  • Space Treaty

    Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Yleem Poblete this week reiterated the United States' opposition to the draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects, otherwise known as the PPWT. During an Aug. 14 speech in Geneva, Poblete said recent activities by Russian satellites "underscore critical fallacies in the logic and language of the proposed PPWT and raise questions about the transparency of Russian space operations and programs." The proposed PPWT "has major flaws that make it unviable and demonstrates that any space arms control agreement is unverifiable at this time," she added.

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  • Hyten: Nuclear programs may need 'work-arounds' to stay on schedule

    U.S. Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten said earlier this month he is willing to be flexible on accuracy and other aspects of new nuclear weapons programs if an "operational work-around" would save time and money.

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  • Unarmed Minuteman III suffers failure during operational ICBM flight test

    The U.S. military's nuclear strategic deterrence fleet suffered an operational flight test failure late last month when an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile reported an anomaly in flight over the Pacific Ocean, prompting the Air Force to destroy the rocket, according to a senior Defense Department official.

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  • New SCO director aims to maintain 'optempo,' with tech demos forthcoming

    The new director of the Strategic Capabilities Office says several technology demonstrations are planned for the coming weeks, as he looks to maintain the "optempo" the office has set in developing novel ways of using existing conventional capabilities to deter China and Russia.

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  • Pentagon's big acquisition shake-up still waiting on two key players

    The Pentagon is touting its new efforts to reorganize its acquisition and innovation system, but remains without two key administration officials who must be confirmed by the Senate.

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  • STRATCOM chief declines to confirm report of Chinese HGV advances

    The Defense Department's top strategic deterrence officer recently declined to confirm claims by the Pentagon's former No. 2 official earlier this year that China last November conducted a pair of ballistic missile tests that advanced Beijing's efforts to develop a maneuvering ultra-fast weapon impervious to U.S. defenses and that Beijing has "mastered" boost-glide technology.

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  • Independent study will inform Pentagon's Space Force proposal

    The Pentagon will rely, in part, on an independent study directed by the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to inform its plan to create a separate Space Force.

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  • Mattis makes it clear -- he now backs Space Force

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis now supports the creation of a Space Force as a sixth branch of the U.S. military, saying recently that his past opposition was based on having not clearly defined the problem.

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  • Selva: Standing up Space Force will be complicated

    The military's second highest-ranking officer said Aug. 10 that while the Pentagon will fully support President Trump's direction to propose the creation of a Space Force, the complicated path toward a sixth service will require "significant work with Congress."

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  • Pentagon still working through cost, scope of Space Force

    The Pentagon hasn't yet determined the cost to create a new Space Force, but the deputy defense secretary said last week he assumes it will require "billions" of dollars in additional resources.

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  • New report offers DOD ideas on delivering capabilities 'uncompromised'

    The Pentagon is considering a series of recommendations for how it can fix vulnerabilities in its supply chain and convince contractors to take security as seriously as cost, schedule and performance.

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  • Defense Innovation Unit drops 'experimental' to reflect permanence at DOD

    The military's Silicon Valley start-up is no longer an experiment, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 official.

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  • Trump concerned about NDAA's Russia, Korea and JSTARS provisions

    President Trump says he has "constitutional concerns" with dozens of provisions in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, including those addressing U.S.-Russian military cooperation, continued stationing of American troops on the Korean Peninsula and the management of several weapon systems.

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  • Trump concerned about NDAA's Russia, Korea and JSTARS provisions

    President Trump says he has "constitutional concerns" with dozens of provisions in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, including those addressing U.S.-Russian military cooperation, continued stationing of American troops on the Korean Peninsula and the management of several weapon systems.

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