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Inside Missile Defense - June 21, 2017
  • New GMD strategy envisions three new competitions, extending legacy contract

    The Missile Defense Agency intends to break up the next acquisition contract for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program into a handful of efforts, including a competition for new interceptors as well as a competition for ground systems development and readiness -- while extending the current GMD Development and Sustainment contract held by Boeing from 2018 to 2022 for select activities.

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  • House authorizers aim to shift procurement away from MDA

    The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is advancing legislation requiring the Pentagon to shift acquisition authority for operational missile defense systems from the Missile Defense Agency to the military departments.

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  • MDA director: Hawaii radar time line may be 'challenging'

    The Missile Defense Agency's timeline for installing a ballistic missile defense radar in Hawaii to defend against North Korean missiles could be "challenging," according to MDA's director, as the Defense Department will likely need to conduct an environmental impact statement before moving forward.

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  • MDA's 'placeholder' spending plan pits Israeli BMD funding vs. U.S. programs

    The Missile Defense Agency's five-year spending forecast includes a new first: a budget line for Israeli procurement that sets aside funding beginning in fiscal year 2019 in accordance with a new 10-year security assistance agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv that threatens to squeeze U.S. missile defense programs if MDA's planned budget topline is not increased.

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  • SBX Contract Award

    The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Huntsville, AL-based Gryphon Technologies LLC a $58 million contract to work on the Sea-based X-Band radar. The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract "provides for communication operations and support for the SBX Strategic Mission," according to a June 15 Federal Business Opportunities notice. Work will be performed in Huntsville and in Honolulu, Hawaii with an expected completion date of June 14, 2024, the notice reads. Fiscal year 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $4 million were obligated at the time of the award.

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  • MDA, Army in talks to transfer THAAD responsibility to service this year

    The Missile Defense Agency is getting ready to transition the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program to the Army, a move that would require the service to make room in its budget annually for procurement of the guided-missile interceptors while leaving MDA in charge of continuing research and development for the weapon.

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  • Greaves assumes MDA command from Syring

    Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves assumed leadership of the Missile Defense Agency on June 16, replacing Navy Vice Adm. James Syring who had led MDA since November 2012.

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  • DOD may bundle two major weapons programs into single multiyear contract

    The Defense Department is contemplating bundling a pair of major defense acquisition programs into a single multiyear contract, a notional arrangement to consolidate purchases of two different Raytheon-built Standard Missiles that could lock in approximately $1 billion annually to the Pentagon's budget for the missile-defense projects.

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  • Pentagon sticking with nuclear triad

    Rob Soofer, the Pentagon's newly installed deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, told the Senate Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee June 7 that the ongoing Nuclear Posture Review would support the need for all three legs of the U.S. triad.

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  • Global Strike Command staffs NC3 Center but needs 50 to 60 more workers

    The head of Air Force Global Strike Command recently told senators he needs a "full-court press" to hire 50 or 60 more staffers to handle the service's Nuclear Weapons Center and nuclear command, control and communications portfolio.

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  • STRATCOM chief aims to accelerate all nuclear modernization programs

    The head of U.S. Strategic Command said he's applying pressure on all nuclear modernization efforts to make those programs move faster than currently scheduled.

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  • Pentagon's top weapons tester to begin analyzing directed-energy systems

    The Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation will begin analyzing directed-energy weapon systems next year, budget documents show.

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  • Army aims to expand directed-energy capabilities against larger threats

    The Army plans to begin assessing laser countermeasure effectiveness against advanced threats in fiscal year 2018, according to budget justification documents.

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  • AFSPC planning second 'Space Flag' as it eyes future training needs

    After its inaugural "Space Flag" in April, the Air Force is planning to conduct a second virtual training exercise in August or September -- part of a continuous effort to prepare airmen to operate in space as a warfighting domain.

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  • Aerojet Rocketdyne executives: AR1 is 'not a make or break'

    Aerojet Rocketdyne executives recently downplayed the importance of the company's AR1 rocket engine being selected by the United Launch Alliance, arguing it's not a "make or break" program.

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  • Caret: Reorganization 'streamlines' Boeing's defense business

    Reorganizing Boeing's defense group is meant to make it more responsive and agile, according to the group's chief executive.

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  • Mattis pledges to ask Congress for larger military in FY-19

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis asked Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration's fiscal year 2018 defense budget and pledged to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

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  • SpaceX to launch fifth X-37B mission in August

    The Air Force has selected SpaceX to launch in August the fifth mission of the classified X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle -- a payload that will test the performance of experimental electronics in the space environment.

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  • NDIA recommends changes to Thornberry legislation

    The National Defense Industrial Association last week suggested changes to the defense acquisition legislation released by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX).

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  • MDA seeking aircraft, preferably unmanned, for new ABL demo

    The Missile Defense Agency is window shopping for a high-altitude aircraft -- preferably unmanned -- to carry a planned speed-of-light weapon, the latest development in an effort to develop a prototype for a new airborne laser and advance the long-standing desire to intercept adversary ballistic missiles during the boost phase of flight.

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  • MDA got last-minute funding to support COCOM hypersonic defense request

    The Defense Department in May secured a last-minute funding from Congress to immediately launch three projects to address the "emergency warfighting readiness requirement" of ensuring the Ballistic Missile Defense System can deal with hypersonic weapons, an action taken in response to a Joint Emergent Operational Need for an Advanced Threat Missile Defeat capability.

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  • House lawmakers propose new Space Corps and U.S. Space Command

    The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing a significant reorganization of the military space mission in its mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill, directing the creation of a new U.S. Space Corps as well as a U.S. Space Command by January 2019.

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