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Inside Missile Defense - December 6, 2017
  • MDA awards contracts to improve radar ability to track maneuverable targets

    The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a pair of research contracts that aim to develop an ability for radar and other sensors to track hypersonic glide vehicle threats which both China and Russia are testing.

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  • Senate panel would boost DOD's gambit to accelerate RKV development

    The Senate Appropriations Committee has endorsed a Pentagon plan to accelerate development of the new Ground-based Midcourse Defense warhead -- which aims to improve defenses against a potential North Korean or Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile -- lifting proposed spending even beyond the Trump administration's requested increase.

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  • Senate authorizers ask appropriators to fund boost-phase BMD project

    Two lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee are urging Senate appropriators to include funding in their fiscal year 2018 spending bill for a Defense Department project that promises to deliver a boost-phase missile defense solution in 18 months or less.

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  • Senate panel would require DOD report on Standard Missile acquisition plans

    Senate lawmakers want the Pentagon to sharpen its forecast for Raytheon-built guided missiles, directing the Missile Defense Agency and Navy to prepare a report outlining inventory and acquisition objectives for the Standard Missile portfolio, which include missile defense and anti-ship capabilities.

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  • Lockheed Exec's Nomination

    The Senate Armed Services Committee voted recently to advance the nomination of missile defense contractor Lockheed Martin executive John Rood, tapped to be under secretary of defense for policy, despite concerns lawmakers voiced over his potential conflicts of interest. During Rood's Nov. 16 confirmation hearing, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (RAZ) accused him of "ducking" Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) questions about how he would recuse himself from both decisions and policy discussions involving Lockheed.

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  • Northrop Grumman radar may support BMD warning system

    LINTHICUM, MD -- Northrop Grumman revealed this week the company's distributed aperture system that is outfitted on the Joint Strike Fighter was flight tested three years ago to support the ballistic missile defense warning system.

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  • North Korea launches another ICBM into Sea of Japan

    North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea Japan Nov. 28, according to an initial assessment by the Pentagon.

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  • U.S. approves new artillery, missile sales to Poland

    The State Department has cleared new arms sales to Poland, with one potential deal for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems worth $250 million and another for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles also estimated to cost as much as $250 million.

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  • Senate appropriators propose cuts to SBIRS, staggered space recap strategy

    The Senate Appropriations Committee's version of fiscal year 2018 spending legislation would cut $50 million from the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System program, add $100 million to launch vehicle development efforts and direct the service secretary to reexamine current recapitalization plans that call for "near-simultaneous" modernization across the Air Force's space portfolio.

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  • STRATCOM chief wants next-generation SBIRS satellites before FY-29

    SIMI VALLEY, CA -- U.S. Strategic Command Chief Gen. John Hyten wants the Air Force to deliver a next-generation missile warning satellite faster than the fiscal year 2029 time frame proposed in a recent request for information.

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  • Rogers: Space Corps 'inevitable,' will help make Pentagon more agile

    SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Arguing the creation of a Space Corps is "inevitable," House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) said Dec. 2 he will continue to promote plans to establish a separate military organization for space.

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  • Aerospace Corp. working with DOD to improve resiliency of space systems

    LOS ANGELES -- As the Air Force works to make its space systems more resilient in an increasingly contested and congested space environment, the Aerospace Corp. is working with the service and industry to better understand the implications and nuances of resiliency at the strategic, mission and system levels.

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  • Army's 1st Space Brigade commander focused on asymmetric threats

    With approximately 70 percent of the Army's combat platforms reliant upon space-based capabilities and adversaries honing their disruptive capabilities, the service is working to enhance its defenses and pursue alternatives.

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  • Air Force developing nuclear career path for reservists in upcoming POMs

    Twentieth Air Force, which controls the United States' intercontinental ballistic missiles, is working to grow its ranks of reservists in the next two program objective memoranda as the service prepares to field the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent.

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  • Boeing's GBSD program clears system requirements review

    Boeing's initial blueprint for a new intercontinental ballistic missile recently passed muster with the Air Force during a key review, clearing the defense contractor to proceed with initial systems development as part of an $18 billion project to develop two competing designs as part of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program.

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  • DOD innovation insurgents gain footing in Pentagon bureaucracy

    The students at Stanford University were tackling one of the Pentagon's most perplexing problems: How do you constantly monitor important regions of the world for emerging developments, such as preparations for a ballistic missile launch in North Korea?

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  • Orbital ATK-Northrop deal advances

    Orbital ATK said Nov. 29 its stockholders had approved its proposed acquisition by Northrop Grumman at a special meeting.

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  • Trump's military goals exceed cost caps by $295B, CBO says

    President Trump's plans for a military buildup, which include a 355-ship Navy and the increase of more than 200,000 troops, exceed legislative cost caps by $295 billion over the next four years and would drive the Pentagon's base budget to $688 billion by 2027, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

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  • New Air Force group devised at Corona to oversee future-force planning

    The Air Force is standing up a new organization called the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability that is tasked with moving the service toward cross-functional warfare and which takes priority over other future-force planning efforts, according to a recent memo obtained by Inside Defense.

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