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Missile Defense

August 05, 2020 | Daily News

As Space Force leaders establish the service's new field command focused on space acquisition and development, efforts in recent years to re-architect the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center will help set the foundation for the new organization.

August 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Army is now conducting the second limited user test for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System made by Northrop Grumman, a service official said today.

August 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Minuteman III replacement team must transition 20 launch facilities -- each loaded with an in-silo missile and deployed with a legacy reentry vehicle and warhead -- to achieve initial operational capability on the new intercontinental ballistic missile system in fiscal year 2029.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is touting its export policy for unmanned aerial systems as a win for American companies, but some industry representatives say the government still hasn't fixed ongoing restrictions that hinder business.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is threatening President Trump will veto a House minibus bill that includes fiscal year 2021 defense funding over a wide range of provisions, including new restrictions on the Pentagon's reprogramming authority.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor suffered a previously unreported fault during a key flight test in December 2018, a glitch serious enough to give senior Pentagon leaders pause about pivoting from development to production despite the fact the weapon intercepted its intended target, a congressional audit revealed.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is developing implementation plans for a series of reforms aimed at improving space acquisition as a key report due in late March -- meant to lay out those reforms and request legislative approval where needed -- awaits final approval from the White House.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The acting head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Peter Highnam, said today the organization has no plans to pursue a follow-on to the DARPA Launch Challenge, after the competition ended in March without a winner.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The chief executive of Northrop Grumman said today she chose not to sign recent letters sent to Capitol Hill urging funding for coronavirus relief because her company has seen a reduced impact and she wants to focus on continuing to limit the damage.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is lobbying senior Defense Department leaders to include a new project in the fiscal year 2022 budget currently being developed to establish a vast new test and training complex to support large-scale experimentation of advanced warfighting concepts.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

A new report on the state of the space industrial base released today highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on space companies, and urges the Defense Department to take advantage of "offensive and defensive economic tools" to support technology development that will be key to a healthy industry base today and in the future.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is objecting to three missile defense provisions in the House version of the fiscal year 2021 authorization bill, including legislation that would reinstate funding for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, mandate an analysis of alternatives for a homeland defense architecture, and the panel's recommendations regarding the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is seeking relief from a statutory requirement to provide Congress a report by the end of September on the status of Missile Defense Agency plans to transfer elements of the Missile Defense System to military departments, according to a new congressional report.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Republicans have released their proposal for a fourth round of COVID-19 legislation that includes $11 billion for defense contractor reimbursements, as well as billions more for the Defense Department to purchase new weapon systems.

July 27, 2020 | Daily News

Congressional auditors are recommending an independent review of the Missile Defense Agency's process for developing and executing its annual Missile Defense System flight test plan after finding the agency has delayed, merged with a future test or canceled more than 60% of its assessments over the last decade due to developmental delays, range and target availability, or modifying test objectives.

July 27, 2020 | Daily News

The National Nuclear Security Administration has created potential risks for the W80-4 life-extension program by setting an unrealistic deadline to deliver the first production unit, according to a government watchdog.

July 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is seeking to boost U.S. exports of unmanned aerial systems by reinterpreting how those aircraft are treated under the Missile Technology Control Regime.

July 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department last August terminated the Redesigned Kill Vehicle after the cost estimate tripled and the goal of fielding the new warhead for the Ground-based Interceptor in six-and-a-half years stretched to more than 10-and-a-half years, an outcome that came after both the Missile Defense Agency and RKV contractors ignored repeated warnings about the risks associated with the new warhead program.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

Senior Pentagon officials have misgivings about the U.S. program to develop a counter-hypersonic weapon, citing the technical challenges of developing a new interceptor capable of being fast and nimble enough to outperform an emerging class of ultra-fast hypersonic glide and cruise missiles, according to a congressional audit.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is readying a solicitation by the end of this year to formally commence a competition for a Regional Glide Phase Weapon System, an expected two-way, 18-month competition to develop a prototype hypersonic defense interceptor.

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