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Missile Defense

May 27, 2020 | Daily News

Despite telling Congress the Army believes it cannot integrate the Israeli-made Iron Dome air defense system into the service's own command-and-control architecture, the head of Army Futures Command said today the service would try its best to do so.

May 27, 2020 | Daily News

The National Nuclear Security Administration will deliver to Congress a final report examining recent technical issues associated with the B61-12 and W88 Alteration 370 modernization programs in the coming months.

May 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Army should consider deploying an Iron Dome battery to the U.S. Central Command area of operations, according to a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee who traveled to Iraq in February and was briefed on air-defense capabilities of U.S. forces in the region.

May 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center's special programs directorate is at the start of a four-month beta test of a new marketplace that will give companies a venue to sell Space Domain Awareness information and allow the Pentagon to take better advantage of both traditional and non-traditional data sources.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Air Force makes nine recommendations for a tailored, clean-sheet Space Force acquisition system -- proposals the service says will streamline the way the Defense Department develops and acquires space capabilities.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

The White House has released a new report laying out the broad contours of its plan to confront a rising China, while House and Senate lawmakers prepare to pitch legislation that would give the Pentagon new resources in the Indo-Pacific region.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's two high-profile hypersonic weapon technology efforts -- one a boost-glide vehicle the other an air-breathing missile -- are both "going well" despite an apparent delay in planned first flight tests, according to the Pentagon's top technology official.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is standing up a joint developmental and operational test force that integrates military, civilian and contractor personnel to support the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent and serve as a model for future programs.

May 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council recently signed off on an enterprise review of the Defense Department's missile defense and missile warning architecture, Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond told reporters today.

May 20, 2020 | Daily News

Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's chief technology officer, said he is concerned that weapon system research and development spending will soon be squeezed as the federal deficit mounts in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak and pressure grows to rein in federal spending -- a view he said should come as no surprise to anyone.

May 19, 2020 | Daily News

Without fanfare, the Missile Defense Agency in late January posted on the front page of its public website a new organizational chart that marked the culmination of a project last year to retool bureaucratic structures to now account for a wider array of challenges to U.S. forces, allies and the homeland.

May 18, 2020 | Daily News

The novel coronavirus outbreak is delaying plans for a limited-user test of the Integrated Battle Management System -- a high-stakes do over for the $7.7 billion Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense program following a failed 2016 assessment -- and is also expected to push a production decision from September to November.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today released new screening criteria for candidate locations to host the future U.S. Space Command headquarters -- part of a revised process that will expand the number of locations eligible for consideration in hopes of naming a preferred site by early next year.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Boeing-Leonardo team that's building MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters to patrol the military's intercontinental ballistic missile silos will deliver three remaining test aircraft to the Air Force in the coming months.

May 14, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is eyeing formation of a third-party entity dedicated to managing rapid prototyping of missile defense projects, following a pivot by the Army, Navy, and Air Force from traditional acquisition rules to a new pathway called “middle-tier” acquisition intended to experiment with and potentially deliver new weapons in two to five years.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency estimates total spending on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to be $46.6 billion, including $34 billion in sunk costs and more than $12 billion in forecasted outlays through fiscal year 2025 -- in part to help finance a Next Generation Interceptor intended to keep GMD effective against threats expected in the 2030s.

May 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is asking lawmakers to grant the Air Force secretary the authority to pay for military construction projects needed to modify Minuteman III launch centers for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent using the new system's fiscal year 2021 research and procurement funds.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

The head of the Space Development Agency said this week his organization is working closely with potential satellite providers to ensure their supply chains are healthy enough to incorporate new technology at a large scale.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Business Board is recommending the Pentagon eliminate the post of chief management officer on the grounds the position has been "mostly ineffective" and was "never set up for success," according to slides presented today at a public hearing.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

An influential Defense Business Board task force is recommending the Pentagon eliminate the post of chief management officer on the grounds the position has been "mostly ineffective" and was "never set up for success," according to slides presented today at a public hearing.

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