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Missile Defense

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is transferring $3.8 billion from various procurement programs to fund construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. military plans to have an initial space sensor layer operational as soon as fiscal year 2022 -- a new capability that will begin to close a blind spot in today's sensor network by giving commanders the ability to continuously track hypersonic boost glide weapons as well as long-range ballistic missiles from launch to impact.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is not requesting any money this year to build new radars in the Pacific after the Pentagon encountered issues securing sites for the new sensors, according to MDA. (UPDATED)

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The estimated price tag for the Army's project to develop and field a long-range, offensive hypersonic weapon has ballooned to $3.6 billion and the effort has assumed the highest perch in the service's fiscal year 2021 research and development request, an $801 million ask that is the largest single program claim on research and development funding in nearly a decade.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is not requesting any money this year to build a new radar in the Pacific after the Pentagon encountered issues getting a nation to host the site, according to MDA’s director.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is requesting $6.8 billion in military construction for fiscal year 2021, a $9 billion reduction from the previous year.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is terminating the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon program -- one of two prototyping efforts the service is pursuing to achieve a capability that can travel faster than Mach 5 -- following completion of its critical design review this spring.

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.

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