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Missile Defense

June 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is requesting the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismiss SpaceX's recent protest of the service’s launch vehicle development competition, arguing the court does not have jurisdiction to consider the case.

June 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department has identified Ft. Drum, NY, as its preferred location for a continental United States interceptor site, telling lawmakers in a June 26 memo the location offers the best operational coverage of the four options they considered.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is preparing to send lawmakers findings of an independent technical study on the feasibility of using an unmanned aerial vehicle to launch an interceptor against a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile during the first minutes after launch.

June 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's chief technology officer has tapped David Honey, a senior Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency official, to temporarily head the Strategic Capabilities Office. The move appears to pave the way for folding the SCO into DARPA despite the concerns raised by combatant commanders and lawmakers.

June 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force decided last month to terminate the Extended Range Weapon program -- a fiscal year 2019 new-start and rapid prototyping effort with a $632 million baseline cost -- following disagreements during contract negotiations, according to a service spokeswoman.

June 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Redesigned Kill Vehicle program was on a trajectory toward 60% cost growth -- a death knell for most weapon projects -- when the Pentagon's chief technology official directed the Missile Defense Agency to halt work on the effort, according to government auditors.

June 21, 2019 | Daily News

The House and Senate Armed Services committees have approved legislation that would require a review of the Pentagon's use of fixed-price contracts.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

President Trump has said he will "most likely" nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper to take over permanently for acting Defense Secretary Pat Shananan, whose nomination collapsed this week amid media reports of past violent incidents involving his family.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

Gen. Paul Selva, the second-highest-ranking U.S. military officer, weighed in on a controversial proposal to fold the Strategic Capabilities Office into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, arguing combatant commands are concerned the change would add a layer of bureaucracy and impede a pipeline now effectively fostering new ideas and rapid delivery of innovative combat capabilities.

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

Gen. Paul Selva, the second-highest-ranking U.S. military officer, weighed in on a controversial proposal to fold the Strategic Capabilities Office into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, arguing combatant commands are concerned the change would add a layer of bureaucracy and impede a pipeline now effectively fostering new ideas and rapid delivery of innovative combat capabilities.

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin announced today it had successfully completed a demonstration of its radar solution for the Army's Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program during a "Sense-Off" at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

June 17, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers disagree on how the Air Force should proceed with competition for future national security space launches, as shown by newly released Senate policy language.

June 16, 2019 | Daily News

Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's top weapons development official, ousted Strategic Capabilities Office Director Chris Shank on Friday, escalating a bureaucratic fight over the fate of the SCO. Griffin wants to fold the organization into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- a change opposed by key combatant commands and now congressional committees.

June 14, 2019 | Daily News

Raytheon -- after securing permission to begin production in late 2017 of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB after years of engineering challenges, repeated technical setbacks and schedule delays -- stumbled right out of the gate last year, delivering only a third of the new guided missile interceptors the U.S. government planned to buy in fiscal year 2018.

June 14, 2019 | Daily News

Senate authorizers are looking to elevate the civilian lead official overseeing space acquisition to a four-star level equivalent and expand the position’s authorities for the coming Space Force.

June 14, 2019 | Daily News

Just eight months ago, the Pentagon was planning for two defense budgets -- and both were lower than the $750 billion now being advocated by congressional Republicans.

June 13, 2019 | Daily News

The March flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system -- a developmental assessment that marked the first salvo launch of Ground-based Interceptors hailed as a landmark achievement by program boosters -- was 13 years behind schedule and was built on a record of GMD tests that have achieved less than 50 percent operational realism, according to congressional investigators.

June 12, 2019 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers are proposing legislation that could chart an expansion of the Ground-based Interceptor fleet in Alaska to as many as 100 guided missiles, a push to enhance the Ground-based Midcourse Defense segment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System that comes as the Missile Defense Agency is facing significant delays in expanding the current 44-interceptor fleet to 64.

June 11, 2019 | Daily News

Draft legislation before a key Senate panel would assign the Missile Defense Agency responsibility for developing the Space Sensor Layer, bucking a Defense Department gambit to fold the project into the the new Space Development Agency as part of an effort to develop a new multimission satellite constellation.

June 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today he and his GOP colleagues have yet to decide whether they will support the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill slated for consideration tomorrow, but he does have plans to offer amendments that would increase total defense spending and block Democratic efforts to cut nuclear weapons programs.

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