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Inside Missile Defense - January 30, 2019
  • State Dept. approves potential $2.1B Aegis Ashore sale to Japan

    The Pentagon has notified Congress that the State Department has approved a potential $2.1 billion sale to Japan of two Aegis Weapon Systems, a key development in Tokyo's plans to expand its land-based ballistic missile defense shield to defend the entire Pacific nation against North Korean threats by building a pair of Aegis Ashore systems.

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  • Army, MDA directed to sort out $10B THAAD dispute by June

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, backed by top brass and senior Pentagon officials, has directed the Army and Missile Defense Agency -- along with the Joint Staff -- to resolve by mid-June a $10 billion dispute that for years has bedevilled plans to transition responsibility for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system from the agency to the service.

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  • Updated CBO cost estimate raises 10-year price tag for nuclear forces by nearly $100B to $494B

    The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cost to maintain and modernize nuclear forces over the next decade will be $494 billion, including $291 billion for Defense Department programs to sustain strategic and tactical strike systems as well as nuclear command, control, communications and early warning systems.

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  • Shanahan gives USD R&E initial authority over new SDA, orders plan by March 1

    The Pentagon plans to establish a new Space Development Agency under the authority of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin by the end of March, according to a new memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

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  • Lockheed Earnings

    Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business segment this week reported net sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased $435 million, or 22 percent, compared to the same period in 2017. "The increase was primarily attributable to higher net sales of approximately $310 million for tactical and strike missile programs due to increased volume (primarily classified programs and precision fires); and about $80 million for integrated air and missile defense programs due to increased volume (primarily Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3))," a company earnings statement reads.

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  • U.S. prepared to suspend obligations under INF Treaty Feb. 2

    The United States is prepared to suspend its obligations under the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty early next month and proceed with a Defense Department program to develop longer-range, ground-launched cruise missiles, according to a top U.S. diplomat.

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  • Greaves bullish on F-35's missile defense role

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has participated in two tests that examine whether its sensor and interceptor delivery capabilities can be integrated with missile defense, Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves revealed Wednesday. He said the F-35 will participate in more tests in the future.

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  • Pentagon reviewing plan to develop hypersonic defenses

    Pentagon leaders are reviewing a Missile Defense Agency study of how the military could develop defenses against hypersonic glide vehicles.

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  • Democrats question Trump's push for space-based BMD capabilities

    Congressional Democrats are pushing back on elements of the recently unveiled Missile Defense Review, calling into question the cost and feasibility of potentially deploying a space-based interceptor layer.

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  • MDR directs a dozen follow-on studies with potential to launch new starts

    The 2019 Missile Defense Review directs a dozen follow-on studies with implications to dramatically expand the $180 billion Ballistic Missile Defense System by potentially growing the land- and sea-based interceptor fleets, adding the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into the missile defense sensor network, initiating a hypersonic defense program and expanding space-based capabilities.

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  • AFSPC developing data strategy, appoints mobilization assistant

    Air Force Space Command is in the early stages of creating a space data strategy and has appointed a new mobilization assistant to oversee its development.

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  • Air Force intelligence center warns of cyber threats in space 'trends' report

    ​The Air Force's National Air and Space Intelligence Center is warning cyber vulnerabilities in supporting infrastructure could thwart advancements in satellite and space technologies, an assessment that comes as the Trump administration is pushing expanded military operations in space.

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  • DOD to determine funding breakdown for Aegis Ashore repurposing

    The Defense Department will examine the funding breakdown between the Navy and the Missile Defense Agency should the government make Hawaii's Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Center into an operational resource, according to the agency's director.

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  • Navy: Don't reprogram SM-3 demilitarization funding for fleet exercises

    The Navy is rejecting a suggestion by Senate authorizers to re-purpose old Standard Missile-3 guided missiles for live-fire exercises because it would be several times more expensive and have a "limited return on investment," according to a service report sent to Congress last month and viewed by Inside the Navy.

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  • Navy official: AMDR 'successfully performed' in 14 ballistic missile tests

    A Navy official on Wednesday touted testing of the Navy's new Air and Missile Defense Radar program, noting the radar "successfully performed" during 14 ballistic missile tests.

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  • Report: Cold War-era nuclear strategy offers lessons for cyber warfighting

    The tactics and operations developed for deterring a nuclear attack during the Cold War offer lessons on how to develop a cyber warfighting strategy for the digital age, according to a report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that includes recommendations backed by a member of a congressionally mandated commission on preserving U.S. military superiority in cyberspace.

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  • DOD taps 15 weapons, business systems for agile software development

    The Pentagon is attempting agile software development for 15 weapon and business systems under a pair of pilot programs mandated by Congress.

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