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Missile Defense

October 28, 2019 | Daily News

Congress, despite having agreed to a broad budget deal, has begun looking for stopgaps and schedule extensions for the defense spending and policy bills, which are already overdue and remain stalled amid partisan fighting over President Trump's use of military construction funds to build a southern border wall.

October 25, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) said today he will enter the race to be become the next ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

October 25, 2019 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget is balking at Defense Department plans for a Next Generation Interceptor, exposing a rift inside the Trump administration over how to modernize the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system just weeks after Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's top technology officer, sold Senate appropriators on plans for the new-start program.

October 24, 2019 | Daily News

One of the Senate's most vocal missile defense proponents said he was blindsided by the Pentagon's decision in August to terminate the Redesigned Kill Vehicle and raised concern the replacement program -- the new-start Next Generation Interceptor -- could take so long to develop and field it will leave the United States vulnerable to North Korean threats.

October 24, 2019 | Daily News

Following the Air Force's decision to stop funding Boeing's contract supporting the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, the company has transitioned its employees to other internal jobs and issued a stop-work order to its suppliers.

October 24, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) is concerned the Air Force's $85 billion nuclear missile replacement will likely proceed with Northrop Grumman absent any competition, though he said he offered to help Boeing address its concerns about the program after the company announced it would not bid.

October 24, 2019 | Daily News

The effort to replace the Mk21 reentry vehicle fuze -- intended to be deployed on the Air Force's legacy and future intercontinental ballistic missile systems -- is being rebaselined as a result of technical issues with energy storage components called capacitors.

October 23, 2019 | Daily News

​The Army has set an "aggressive" test plan for the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon program that calls for six flights, including two executed by soldiers who will operate the first battery of the new ground-launched strategic weapon by 2023, according to a senior service official.

October 23, 2019 | Daily News

United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno said today that a one- to two-year delay to the Air Force's Launch Services Procurement program could create a "big problem" for the department’s efforts to eliminate reliance on Russian-made rocket engines.

October 23, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) says the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's hold on Ukraine aid is "sucking all the oxygen out of the room" as lawmakers look to negotiate contentious issues in the defense authorization and appropriations bills, respectively.

October 23, 2019 | Daily News

General Dynamics has about $1 billion in sales under protest, the company's chief executive said today.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

Raytheon appears to have missed the window to protest the Army's award to Lockheed Martin of the A4 Sentinel radar upgrade, conceding defeat in the estimated $3 billion project the same week the company won a potentially larger Army radar program, the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Army, which two years ago said it needed an additional $10 billion to fully fund its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense requirements, has recalibrated its need for the ballistic missile defense system that "balances" operational requirements and affordability, according to a senior service official.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's top air defender -- a key player in overseeing day-to-day operations of the Ground Based Midcourse Defense System -- voiced continued support for the fleet of ballistic missile interceptors in the wake of the Pentagon's decision to terminate the Redesigned Kill Vehicle, a move that will delay plans to modernize the current interceptor fleet.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has informed Boeing it will no longer provide funding toward the company's ongoing contract for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, essentially ending its work supporting the nuclear program.

October 18, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said her office is set to unveil in December "the most transformational acquisition policy change we’ve seen in decades."

October 17, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Department Special Assistant for Cybersecurity Katie Arrington said the Pentagon's maturity model for certifying contractors based on their ability to secure data and systems is moving forward, with a revised version of the plan to be released at the beginning of November for use in contracts next year, despite calls from industry and others to slow down the implementation process.

October 17, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the United States is working on how it might keep selling weapons to Turkey, despite growing tensions over Ankara's ongoing military operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

October 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Army has selected Raytheon to build the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, handing defeat to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman who had hoped to oust the incumbent Patriot radar builder. The source selection marks one of the first major weapon systems shaped by Army Futures Command and a growing reliance on non-traditional acquisition rules.

October 16, 2019 | Daily News

The acting director of the Space Development Agency told reporters today his organization is not under immediate pressure due to the lack of a fiscal year 2020 budget, but noted that if the continuing resolution continues into February, early launch plans could face delays.

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