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Inside Missile Defense - February 15, 2017
  • Army to boost SHORAD presence in European theater

    The Army is moving to increase short-range air defense capability in Europe and beyond, several service officials said last week.

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  • Brooks calls for 'horizontal and vertical' integration for missile defense

    The proliferation of low-cost missiles that can be used to threaten the United States and its assets necessitates a "layered" approach to missile defense, according to the commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

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  • Former CNO advocates for new missile defense review

    A former chief of naval operations who once advocated for a wholesale reevaluation of the U.S. government's approach to missile defense while in uniform says he believes the review of ballistic missile defenses ordered by President Trump is "an opportunity that will not be missed."

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  • SM-3 Block IIA, upgraded Aegis Combat System notch intercept in first attempt

    The Missile Defense Agency said it demonstrated a significant expansion of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System during a Feb. 4 flight test over the Pacific Ocean, pairing the first shipboard use of the latest Lockheed Martin-built Aegis Combat System with Raytheon's new guided-missile interceptor, the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, to shoot down a land-launched ballistic missile target.

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  • Syring At DSB Meeting

    Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. James Syring -- along with a host of other senior Pentagon officials -- is expected to accompany Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to a Feb. 16 closed-to-the-public meeting with the Defense Science Board to discuss classified national security challenges, according to a Federal Register notice. "The objective of the meeting is to obtain, review, and evaluate classified information related to the DSB's mission," the Feb. 6 notice states. "This meeting will focus on the new administration's guidance and directives related to nuclear deterrence, countering anti-access systems with longer range and standoff capabilities, and survivable logistics."

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  • SMDC/ARSTRAT completes D3I contract award process

    The Army has made the last contract awards for its Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration (D3I) program, which previously saw contracts issued in 2015 and 2016.

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  • IAMD milestone decision will come 'when ready'

    A key acquisition decision for the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense program remains on hold as the service continues to review test data.

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  • MDA adds Lot 10 interceptors to THAAD RFP

    The Missile Defense Agency has added another lot of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors to a request for proposals originally issued in June 2016.

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  • USAF advisors: No 'silver bullet' for hypersonic, maneuvering weapons

    An Air Force advisory panel commissioned to explore options for defending against hypersonic, maneuvering weapons, such as those China and Russia are flight testing, concluded no "silver bullets" are at hand -- or in the development pipeline -- to defeat this new class of threats, arguing the best defense may be a new offense: the U.S. military's own credible, hypersonic weapon.

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  • GAO: NNSA needs enhanced tracking of R&D project results

    The National Nuclear Security Administration needs to do a better job tracking the results of its research and development projects, which make "vital contributions to national security," the Government Accountability Office found in a new report.
    According to the Feb. 3 GAO report, NNSA's research and technology development program helps to address important nuclear proliferation needs, such as finding covert material production and explosions.

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  • Air Force chief keeping an open mind on low-yield nuclear weapons

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein indicated this week he is "absolutely" open to the idea of incorporating more tactical nuclear weapons into the arsenal, after the Defense Science Board recommended the Air Force consider that option as modernization efforts proceed.

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  • Wilson backs nuclear priority, munitions investment at readiness hearing

    Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson argued the service's effort to modernize its nuclear assets tops the Air Force's other key procurement efforts going into fiscal year 2018 budget discussions, in an appearance before a Senate defense subcommittee Feb. 8.

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  • Navy studying installation of Vertical Launch Systems on amphibs

    The Navy is studying the cost of installing Vertical Launch Systems on its San Antonio-class amphibious transport docks, according to the head of expeditionary warfare.

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  • Air Force chief advocates for streamlined DOD space AQ authority

    The Air Force's top uniformed officer praised House lawmakers on Feb. 3 for their focus on improving the Defense Department's space acquisition system and advocated for an "honest discussion" about where buying authority should reside.

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  • Industry organization criticizes proposed IR&D rule as 'unnecessary barrier'

    A group of industry associations has sent a letter to the Pentagon opposing a proposed rule meant to prevent companies from using allowable independent research and development expenses to win contracts.

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  • Aligning with Trump priorities, AIA touts trade balance and jobs

    In an oblique appeal to the Trump administration, the Aerospace Industries Association is touting a "record trade surplus of $90 billion in 2016" and continued support of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

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  • CBO pegs cost of nuclear forces at $400B over next decade

    It will cost $400 billion over the next 10 years to operate, maintain and modernize U.S. nuclear forces, an average of $40 billion annually, according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office.

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