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Missile Defense

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today the current National Defense Strategy places too much emphasis on militarily dominating China and Russia and called on Democrats to rewrite it if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidential election.

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department today released a new strategy for "Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority" that seeks to share access with "commercial partners," though the relationship between the Pentagon and telecommunications companies has been marked by tension in the past.

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicles directorate has compiled a list of 13 science and technology areas it plans to prioritize in the near term, the outcome of a two-year strategic planning process.

October 28, 2020 | Daily News

About 1,800 of General Dynamics' roughly 100,000 employees have come down with COVID-19 and about 1,500 are "fully recovered and back to work," according to the company's chief executive.

October 26, 2020 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman has revealed key suppliers for its Next Generation Interceptor proposal, including Aerojet Rocketdyne and four other companies.

October 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is preparing to launch a study to examine how it pays defense contractors, a topic that has drawn controversy and political backlash in the past.

October 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's armament directorate is planning more tests of its boost-glide hypersonic Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon while also looking to establish new industry partnerships to support development of scramjet-powered munitions like the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile.

October 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center plans to leverage existing Air Force cloud services and integration efforts as it works to establish a cloud-based ecosystem to enable greater use of digital and model-based systems engineering -- a plan it expects will allow the Space Force to move more quickly toward greater adoption of digital engineering practices and increase commonality and collaboration between the two services.

October 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon says the vast majority of its "other transaction agreements" -- contracts typically used to sidestep regular acquisition regulations to quickly build prototype weapon systems -- have gone to companies it considers "nontraditional" defense contractors.

October 22, 2020 | Daily News

Boeing, prime contractor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, has warned government auditors that if the Missile Defense Agency breaks the current contract used to manage the homeland defense system into smaller projects as the Defense Department is currenting considering, then the company could lose "irreplaceable" personnel with experience and expertise on the program.

October 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force expects to begin standing up a new Space Systems Center next spring and will complete the initial plan for the new acquisition hub within the next month, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond said today.

October 21, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force Research Laboratory and U.S. Transportation Command work with industry to better understand how the Defense Department might leverage a future commercial space cargo transport capability, one of the primary imperatives has been to ensure DOD is the first customer in line when companies begin to offer it.

October 21, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he remains "unconvinced" by the liberal wing of his party pushing for major cuts to the Pentagon, but stressed he is open to the debate if Democrats win unified control of the federal government.

October 20, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today the Pentagon has made some internal reforms to ease the path of U.S. weapons to foreign buyers.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force's chief operating officer said today he expects the restrictions imposed by Congress' continuing resolution to slow the standup of new field commands and impede the growth of the service's civilian workforce.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin is drafting plans for a sea-based variant of its most advanced Patriot interceptor -- the Missile Segment Enhanced -- in response to the Missile Defense Agency's request for ideas on ways to defeat a hypersonic weapon during the terminal phase.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin today disclosed it has teamed with Aerojet Rocketdyne on the Next Generation Interceptor competition, effectively guaranteeing Aerojet Rocketdyne a spot on a winning bid.

October 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department will issue a new policy as part of its Adaptive Acquisition Framework focused on cybersecurity to help program managers understand the processes and practices needed throughout the acquisition process, according to senior DOD officials.

October 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Office of the Secretary of Defense projects the military's new intercontinental ballistic missile system -- the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent -- will cost $264 billion over its life cycle, which could extend into the 2070s, Air Force spokesman Capt. Joshua Benedetti confirmed in a statement to Inside Defense today.

October 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency conducted three major ground tests between January and late August, events that aimed to advance work on the European Phased Adaptive Approach Phase 3 and support improved integration between the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems.

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