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Homeland Defense Watch

November 7, 2013

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is looking for contractors to help run the U.S.-based share of a network of international listening stations for detecting nuclear tests, according to a sources-sought notice issued by the agency this week.

November 7, 2013

The Air Force this week awarded three study contracts for a joint program with the Missile Defense Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency called the Airborne Weapon Layer, a sign of continuing work toward shooting down enemy ballistic missiles early in their launch phase.

November 5, 2013

The Army has wrung nearly $320 million from the estimated procurement cost of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) program led by Northrop Grumman, a recalibration achieved by plans to accelerate fielding of select components and bolstered by an Office of the Secretary of Defense-executed independent cost assessment, according to a Pentagon report to Congress.

October 30, 2013

The Pentagon has successfully completed its first field test of a joint project aimed at developing standardized procedures for effectively operating larger unmanned drones in the national airspace, according to a spokeswoman.

September 12, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency has identified the five military installations that will be evaluated as a possible home for a third Ground-based Midcourse Defense site.

July 24, 2013

America's best chance of eliminating the threat of terrorism lies in adopting a law-enforcement mindset in hotspots around the world, with U.S. military forces in a mere advisory role, according to the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. William McRaven.

July 12, 2013

Following last week's failed intercept test of a Capability Enhancement-I Ground-Based Interceptor, Republican lawmakers who oversee Pentagon missile defense programs are calling on the Missile Defense Agency to test the weapon again before January, a move that would further accelerate the Defense Department's already aggressive 2013 GBI test plans.

July 9, 2013

Last Friday's unsuccessful intercept test of the Pentagon's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system was an immediate setback for the Missile Defense Agency's goal to increase warfighter confidence in recent improvements made to the operational system, and one with potentially wider ramifications.

July 2, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency today announced plans to conduct a flight test of a Ground-Based Interceptor missile on July 5 over the Pacific Ocean, a milestone event intended to evaluate improvements made to the operational weapon -- which includes a first-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle last tested in 2008 -- and bolster confidence in its effectiveness.

June 11, 2013

The Pentagon's senior missile defense leaders have told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) that "no validated military requirement" exists for a Ground-based Midcourse Defense site on the East Coast.

June 5, 2013

House lawmakers are seeking an update from the Pentagon and the Federal Aviation Administration on how joint efforts are going to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace.

May 23, 2013

Lockheed Martin and the Air Force believe they have put in
place the best possible acquisition strategy for recapitalizing the service's
AC-130 gunships by modifying MC-130Js after they leave the assembly line, Air
Force and company representatives said in interviews last week.

May 22, 2013

U.S. military forces running drug interdiction missions in Central and South America are gradually losing their ability to disrupt illicit trafficking, with sequestration, shifting priorities and other budgetary constraints taking aim at the resources needed for the mission, according to a senior military official.

April 17, 2013

While the Defense Department is moving to conduct congressionally required environmental site surveys for ground-based interceptor bases on the U.S. East Coast, a final assessment about whether such installations will be needed in the first place has yet to be made, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told lawmakers.

April 10, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force has resumed full-capacity missile-warning coverage at a radar site in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska due to North Korea's recent ballistic missile threats, according to the chief of the Air Force's space mission.

March 27, 2013

Lawmakers want the defense secretary to submit a report on the policies and procedures across the department concerning information gathered from unmanned vehicles in the national airspace.

February 7, 2013

The Army will base a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, for the next several years, according to defense officials.

December 19, 2012

The Defense
Department is planning investments in polar communications in fiscal year 2014
and beyond to address an Arctic capability gap identified by U.S. Northern
Command, according to command officials.

November 21, 2012

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a $120 million development and testing contract to Huntsville, AL-based deciBel Research, Inc., to work on the Cobra Dane and other upgraded early warning radars.

November 16, 2012

The Army is looking for a contractor to support the deployment of a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor system at a site within the United States for a combatant command exercise, according to a request for information posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website on Oct. 26.

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