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Missile Defense

June 4, 2021

The Space Force this week sent Congress an $832 million unfunded priorities list that includes a range of sustainment, infrastructure, resiliency and technology development efforts meant advance to the "Space Force of the Future."

June 3, 2021

The Biden administration is proposing a fiscal year 2022 budget that would accelerate hypersonic weapon technology projects, endorsing a plan crafted during the Trump administration that includes establishing two new-start hypersonic cruise missile programs -- one in the Air Force, one in the Navy -- to complement current Pentagon boost-glide vehicle projects in an effort to field an entire family of ultra-fast, maneuvering strike and counter-strike capabilities this decade.

June 3, 2021

The Space Development Agency's $936.7 million budget request is largely in line with last year's projections, but includes its first procurement funding line, which would fund the launch of Tranche 0 satellites by the end of fiscal year 2022.

June 3, 2021

The chief executives of some of the largest defense contractors said this week they are optimistic about the Pentagon budget request issued last week -- but cautioned the numbers are likely to change.

June 2, 2021

The Air Force's fiscal year 2022 budget request reveals the addition of a fourth Vanguard program -- an effort to use commercial reusable space launch technology to quickly transport cargo around the globe.

June 1, 2021

A panel of analysts discussing President Biden's first defense budget today said Congress will likely ignore many of the Pentagon's planned divestitures of legacy systems and could possibly add up to $20 billion in new spending.

June 1, 2021

Approximately $1 billion of the Space Force's $17.4 billion budget request is owed to transfers from the Army and Navy but the service is still declining to offer details on which programs will shift.

June 1, 2021

A new variant of the Standard Missile-6 failed to intercept an advanced target during a Saturday flight test simulating a last line of defense for a major warship against a medium-range ballistic missile, a setback for the Aegis ballistic missile defense program that will delay plans for propagating it for use across the U.S. fleet.

June 1, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency's fiscal year 2022 budget request seeks funding for a new Guam missile defense capability, the creation of a cruise missile defense to protect domestic sites against Russian and Chinese threats as part of an $8.9 billion proposal that would also fund development of a Next Generation Interceptor, a Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor constellation and a hypersonic defense system.

May 28, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency's fiscal year 2022 budget request seeks funding for a new Guam missile defense capability, the creation of a cruise missile defense to protect domestic sites against Russian and Chinese threats as part of an $8.9 billion proposal that would also fund development of a Next Generation Interceptor, a Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor constellation and a hypersonic defense system.

May 28, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency's fiscal year 2022 budget request seeks funding for a new Guam missile defense capability, the creation of a cruise missile defense to protect domestic sites against Russian and Chinese threats as part of an $8.9 billion proposal that would also fund development of a Next Generation Interceptor, a Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor constellation and a hypersonic defense system.

May 28, 2021

Top congressional Democrats are circling their wagons around President Biden's first defense budget request, while Republicans are calling it "wholly inadequate."

May 28, 2021

The Biden administration is requesting $10.4 billion in fiscal year 2022 for the Defense Department's cyberspace activities, including four new teams for the Cyber Mission Force, zero trust technology investments, and efforts to remediate vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure and the defense industrial base.

May 28, 2021

The Space Force is requesting $17.4 billion in fiscal year 2022 -- a $2 billion increase over FY-21, owed to investment growth and funding transfers from the Air Force, Army and Navy.

May 28, 2021

The Pentagon is seeking $245.6 billion in total modernization funds for fiscal year 2022, a $2.4 billion increase above what Congress enacted in FY-21, though the department plans to reduce procurement and divest some "outdated" weapon systems.

May 27, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told House appropriators today the soon-to-be-released defense budget request gives the Pentagon "flexibility to divest ourselves of systems and platforms that do not adequately meet our needs."

May 25, 2021

The nominee to be the Pentagon's chief technology officer has proposed creating a "bridge" fund to quickly transition promising technologies into programs of record.

May 25, 2021

The Pentagon between fiscal years 2009 and 2019 returned nearly $128 billion in "canceled funds" to the U.S. Treasury, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

May 25, 2021

The Pentagon estimates the Weather System Follow-On program will cost $1 billion, setting a baseline price tag for the microwave component of the next-generation operational environmental satellite system being developed to address three gaps in the U.S. military's space-based meteorological capabilities.

May 25, 2021

Susanna Blume, the nominee to direct the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation shop, said today she wants to continue to improve the process used to estimate weapon system sustainment costs.

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