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Missile Defense

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

North Korean advances in developing intercontinental ballistic missile technology will require the Air Force to radiate a much higher-intensity signal from the Missile Defense Agency's newest ground sensor -- the Long Range Discrimination Radar -- than the U.S. military anticipated in 2016 when launching the Alaska-based project.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force revealed new details today about the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle's next mission, which will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, in 10 days.

May 05, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department last month launched a major overhaul of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system without first securing an independent cost estimate, eschewing what federal auditors say is a best practice for major weapon projects.

May 04, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin's preliminary design for the Sentinel A4 air defense radar passed muster with the Army this month, clearing the way for the defense contractor to begin drafting designs for the upgraded sensor which a company official said could launch a new line of business -- including foreign sales -- worth as much as $6 billion.

May 04, 2020 | Daily News

Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman are teaming up to pursue the Next Generation Interceptor, narrowing the expected competitive field of potential prime contractors from four to three and pairing two companies that are effectively incumbents.

May 01, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency wants to double the range of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system's guided missile in a gambit to bulk up the interceptor -- originally designed to defend against short- and medium-range ballistic missiles -- to foil intercontinental rockets and defense the U.S. homeland against North Korean threats.

April 30, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin's preliminary design for the Sentinel A4 air defense radar passed muster with the Army this month, clearing the way for the defense contractor to begin drafting designs for the upgraded sensor which a company official said could launch a new line of business -- including foreign sales -- worth as much as $6 billion.

April 30, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today that for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, more defense companies are re-opening than closing.

April 30, 2020 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman CEO Kathy Warden said the contract to develop the Air Force's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, expected to be awarded during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, may be signed one or two months early.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to delay defense research at U.S. universities, as administrators and researchers grapple with social distancing measures, lab shutdowns, travel restrictions and potential gaps in grant funding.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Acquisition Council met this week for an emergency session aimed at reaching consensus on how to help the space industry withstand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's top acquisition official said today that concerns about assured space access and the global launch market raised in a new RAND Corp. report could drive a discussion around funding research and development for the next phase of launch competition sooner than expected.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is fleshing out its plan to potentially disaggregate the Ground-based Midcourse Defense sustainment contract, detailing the scope of Next Generation Interceptor development and procurement in a new solicitation that could set the stage for a major realignment of industry participation in the Pentagon's marquee homeland missile defense project as soon as fiscal year 2021.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is starting a new air-breathing hypersonic cruise missile program that looks to capitalize on the maturity of scramjet technology, expand the small hypersonics industrial base and diversify mission sets available to operators.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he doesn't think the Defense Department should receive industrial base stimulus money in an upcoming COVID-19 rescue package, but the DOD acquisition chief says the department is planning to ask for billions.

April 28, 2020 | Daily News

Acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker wants to know by May 8 where senior military officials most want to transfer money so their proposals can be vetted and possibly included in the Defense Department's annual omnibus reprogramming request to Congress.

April 27, 2020 | Daily News

Supporters of the Iron Dome air defense system have rounded up nearly two-dozen congressional signatures on a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, requesting a deployment plan for the Israeli-built system after the Army scrapped plans to incorporate the weapon system into its wide air and missile defense architecture.

April 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is bracing for a possible three-month delay across its major acquisition programs because of the COVID-19 outbreak, while Congress is eying another massive economic rescue package that could push billions in new funding to defense contractors.

April 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon today formally launched a competition for a Next-Generation Interceptor, the most significant overhaul of the nation's missile defense system since 2004, setting in motion a high-stakes acquisition that could leave the United States vulnerable to North Korean threats if the project is delayed and promising, but unproven, back-up capabilities don't materialize as planned.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is pushing ahead with plans for a Next Generation Interceptor, circulating to industry today salient parts of a request for proposals that is still awaiting approval of the deputy defense secretary, a move that allows companies to get a jump on designing and building a new homeland defense interceptor before the project is formally accepted, according to sources.

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