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Inside Missile Defense - June 20, 2018
  • GAO: MDA's reliance on undefinitized contract actions skyrockets

    The Missile Defense Agency's reliance on undefinitized contracts -- which the military uses to authorize companies to begin work on weapons projects before agreeing to final terms -- has increased dramatically over the last five years, according to a congressional audit.

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  • Senate panel directs MDA to proceed with space-based BMD layer

    The Senate Armed Services Committee is proposing legislation that would direct the U.S. military to plan development of a space-based, ballistic missile interceptor fleet -- a project estimated to cost at least tens of billions of dollars -- even if the forthcoming Missile Defense Review does not call for such a capability.

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  • Lawmakers back IM-SHORAD rapid acquisition to counter low-flying threats

    Lawmakers are lining up to support the Army's fast-track project to rapidly develop and field an air- and missile-defense system that can be bolted onto the Stryker vehicle, a potential billion-dollar effort to harden ground forces in Europe from Russian threats which service leaders did not formally validate until after the Pentagon submitted its fiscal year 2019 budget to Congress.

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  • Trump's 'Space Force' announcement could drive DOD, congressional support

    Although it's unclear how the Pentagon will implement President Trump's direction this week to establish a new "Space Force," some Defense Department analysts and former officials say the White House's endorsement of the controversial proposal could diminish resistance within the Defense Department and make room for compromise among House and Senate lawmakers.

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  • Senate Passes Policy Bill

    The full Senate this week passed the $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill by an 85-10 vote. The legislation includes $9.9 billion for the Missile Defense Agency. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) said in a statement the bill "continues our reform agenda and helps better position the Department of Defense and the joint force to implement the National Defense Strategy by continuing to restore readiness, rebuild capacity, and modernize capabilities."

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  • FTC: Northrop will take additional steps on SRMs following Orbital deal

    The Federal Trade Commission said earlier this month it is imposing conditions on Northrop Grumman to ensure continued competition in the missile systems market following Northrop's acquisition of Orbital ATK.

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  • Senate policy mark proposes $100 million add-on for Evolved SBIRS

    Senate lawmakers want to boost funding for the Air Force's Evolved Space-Based Infrared System program, proposing an additional $100 million to accelerate development of advanced sensors.

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  • Senate panel, concerned by IBCS delays, directs new CMD program

    A Senate panel is recommending a $500 million increase to the Army's fiscal year 2019 budget to quickly field a new cruise missile defense capability -- the single largest adjustment to the service's proposed procurement spending by the defense authorization committee -- in a move intended to produce two interim, fixed-site defensive batteries by 2020.

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  • Senators propose DOD, DOE draft new plan to align nuke mod programs

    Senators are flagging potential schedule problems for two nuclear weapon modernization programs and want the Defense Department and National Nuclear Security Administration to better align their work.

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  • Senate proposes slew of oversight changes to NC3 programs

    As Defense Department leaders study how best to organize the military's nuclear command, control and communications, Senate authorizers have proposed a slew of changes to that portfolio's oversight.

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  • DOD IG to begin NC3 supply chain audit this month

    The Defense Department's inspector general is launching an audit this month of the nuclear command and control system's supply chain, the watchdog office said last week.

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  • Lawmakers raise questions about Open Skies recap, want answers on Russia

    House appropriators are pushing to restrict the Air Force's OC-135B Open Skies recapitalization due to concerns about the program's direction.

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  • Senate authorizers fence HELIOS procurements until Navy provides answers

    The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to fence the Navy's procurement of a high-energy laser weapon system until the Navy secretary provides more information on the service's contracting strategy and requirements, according to the report accompanying the committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill.

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  • Senate's defense policy bill proposes conventional LRSO fielding deadline

    Senate authorizers want to tie a congressional requirement to develop a conventional variant of the Long-Range Standoff Weapon to initial operational test and evaluation, not initial operational capability as current law stipulates.

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  • Pentagon plans review of U.S. 'technology industrial base'

    The Pentagon, on the heels of completing a review of its manufacturing industrial base, will soon begin studying whether U.S. industry is prepared to deliver the game-changing technologies the Defense Department seeks to field in the future.

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  • Acquisition reform panel takes aim at Pentagon's major program management

    A panel tasked with helping the Defense Department streamline acquisition is readying a recommendation for the military to more effectively manage its big-ticket programs by administering them through "enterprise capability portfolios."

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  • House panel shifts funds to hike procurement for select weapons by $4.5B

    The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has increased funding for select weapon system projects by nearly $4.5 billion in its mark of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2019 spending bill, a hike achieved in part by diverting $2 billion away from Defense Department-requested projects in order to benefit National Guard programs, aircraft procurement and purchases of additional ships.

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