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Missile Defense

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request offers the first comprehensive look at the Space Force budget, which calls for $15.4 billion to fund the new service.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is proposing a major reconfiguration of plans to protect the nation from North Korean ballistic missiles by starting a new Next Generation Interceptor program while simultaneously adding two "layers" beneath the current defense shield -- a new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense homeland defense capability to work in concert with the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget is projecting essentially flat annual budgets for the Pentagon over the next five years, well below the 3%-5% growth above inflation Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the military will need every year to reorient itself toward China and Russia.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's new Space Fence radar system is demonstrating the ability to track significantly more small objects in space, but a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester concludes that until the service secures a second radar site, the system will not have the power to "continuously track and maintain awareness of these small objects.

February 06, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today the Pentagon, on the heels of several spending increases granted by Congress, must "brace" itself for a stagnant budget, though he wants to get on track to 3%-5% annual growth in the coming years.

February 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is crafting a legislative proposal to submit to Congress by Feb. 20 that lays out possible authorities and policy changes to support its next steps in standing up the new service.

February 05, 2020 | Daily News

An internal review has found $5.7 billion in fiscal year 2021 budget cuts the Pentagon wants to reinvest in emerging technologies like hypersonics, space, missile defense and artificial intelligence, according to a report slated to be delivered to Congress.

February 05, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is settling on a concept for a Next-Generation Interceptor, a nearly 10-year project that will require a radical overhaul of planned missile defense spending while raising questions about the efficacy of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to protect the nation in the interim.

February 05, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has settled on a concept for a Next-Generation Interceptor, a nearly 10-year project that will require a radical overhaul of planned missile defense spending while raising questions about the efficacy of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to protect the nation in the interim.

February 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today delivered to Congress its plan for the organizational structure of the Space Force, outlining "clean sheet" plans to stand up a lean, agile service.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has imposed a "strategic pause" on Ground-based Midcourse Defense testing -- assessments used to bolster confidence in the system designed to protect the United States from a North Korean attack -- in an apparent consequence of the August decision to terminate the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester continues to push for greater investment in threat-representative space testing infrastructure, writing in his most recent report that the Defense Department should invest at least $100 million per year over the next five years in improving space threat emulation.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. military is wrestling with how best to evaluate weapon systems focused on the space and cyber domains, despite a new budgetary focus on procuring emerging technologies in both areas, according to the annual report from the Pentagon's chief weapons tester.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is eyeing a two-way competition for its prototype hypersonic defense interceptor program with plans to down select in the first 18 months to a single concept and later culminate with a non-intercept flight test.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force this week selected Raytheon to develop a data processing framework for its Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared ground system -- an effort the company hopes will provide a pathway to future satellite ground services work.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman's chief executive said today restricted work made up about a quarter of the company's sales in 2019.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today said the overclassification of programs is "unbelievably ridiculous," and he expects to see improvement this year.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

North Korea could challenge the ability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to protect the U.S. homeland as soon as 2025, according to an assessment by U.S. Northern Command -- revealed by a lawmaker and verified by a top Pentagon official -- that anticipates continued advances in Pyongyang's long-range missile program.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is considering a proposal to bolster Guam's defense by replacing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system with an Aegis Ashore site -- a move that would mark the first Pacific deployment of the land-based Standard Missile system to protect forward-deployed forces in the western-most U.S. territory against North Korean threats.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force readies a new space acquisition and integration office, one of its early efforts is to identify roles and responsibilities for existing organizations that develop space capabilities, including the Space Development Agency, the Space Rapid Capabilities Office and the Space and Missile Systems Center.

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