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Inside Missile Defense - October 24, 2018
  • SM-3 Block IIA failure carries no 'fleetwide' implications, MDA sticking with vendor team

    The January flight test failure of a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile interceptor does not have “fleetwide” implications affecting other SM-3 variants or other missile systems in the U.S. inventory, according to the office of the Pentagon's top weapons developer which raised the specter of such ramifications this spring.

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  • MDA approves Long Range Discrimination Radar for full-rate production

    The Missile Defense Agency has cleared Lockheed Martin to proceed with full-rate production of sensor panels that will be stacked to create the Long Range Discrimination Radar, a $1.2 billion program to improve the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System.

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  • Next-Gen OPIR underfunded by $1.6B in FY-19, USAF may seek increase

    The Air Force underfunded its Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort by about $1.6 billion in its fiscal year 2019 budget request and may seek to recover that difference in FY-20, according to a draft of the program's funding requirements.

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  • Space council makes six national security space recommendations

    The National Space Council made six recommendations regarding Defense Department space reorganization during an Oct. 23 meeting, a source told Inside Defense this week.

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  • NORAD, NORTHCOM Joint Statement on Exercise Vigilant Shield 9

    NORTH AMERICAN AEROSPACE DEFENSE COMMAND

    AND UNITED STATES NORTHERN COMMAND

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    November 5, 2008

    NORAD, USNORTHCOM participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command will participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09 Nov. 12 - 18.

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  • Army pledges to be 'team player' in Space Force

    Army Secretary Mark Esper this week pledged to be a "team player" in the Defense Department's effort to stand up a Space Force, comments that come in the wake of a press report the White House is considering sacking Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson for insufficiently supporting President Trump's controversial plan to establish a sixth military branch.

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  • Army to accelerate LTAMDS, pulling target fielding from 2027 to 2023

    The Army has a new plan for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program that would accelerate initial fielding by four years to 2023, a revised schedule that addresses congressional concerns about the program and quickens competition between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon which were both tapped for the next phase of the Patriot radar modernization project.

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  • Army readying S&T bets on lasers to defeat air, missile threats

    The Army is retooling its research and development accounts with an eye toward bolstering next-generation air and missile defense capabilities, plowing more than 50 percent of available science and technology funds into projects that aim to produce a directed-energy interceptor, according to a senior service official.

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  • Army standing up hypersonic project office to be led by two-star

    The Army is establishing a project office headed by a two-star general for hypersonic weapon development at Redstone Arsenal, AL, marking the latest advancement by the U.S. military in the race against China and Russia to develop and field a family of ultra-fast, maneuvering warheads.

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  • AEHF program office may use section 804 authorities for follow-on system

    The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is proposing the use of new rapid prototyping authorities to develop a follow-on to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation.

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  • Pentagon's No. 2 telegraphs big funding shifts in upcoming defense budget

    Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, one of the chief architects of the Pentagon's upcoming budget request, provided new details today on the modernization "retooling" required to position the U.S. military for a new era of competition against China and Russia.

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