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Missile Defense

August 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has completed a proposal for a new multibillion-dollar project to develop and field a defense against hypersonic weapons, that -- if included in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request -- would expand the agency's focus to a new class of maneuvering, ultra-fast threats.

August 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin a $405 million contract to re-purpose a Navy rocket designed for submarine launch for use by the Army to give ground forces the means to fire a hypersonic glide body, marking a major development by the Pentagon to ready a new class of ultra-fast conventional weapons to strike high-priority targets in the open salvos of a major fight.

August 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition organization has established a chief information security office to lead efforts aimed at protecting sensitive data related to the Defense Department’s weapon systems and critical infrastructure.

August 06, 2019 | Daily News

Government negotiators from the United States and Israel are finalizing contract terms for the Army to purchase two Iron Dome batteries from state-owned Israeli defense contractors, an approximate two-month delay that nevertheless will not impede service plans to meet the Oct. 1, 2020 fielding goal, according to an Army official.

August 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy has once again increased its procurement objective for the Standard Missile-6, taking the program's total cost up by nearly $2.8 billion as the Pentagon gears up for a period of great power competition.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

The estimated price tag for the Defense Department's roster of big-ticket weapons projects has grown to more than $2 trillion, an increase of $101 million compared to last year as the U.S. military prepares for great power competition with China and Russia, laying plans for more missiles, ships and aircraft.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has directed a "comprehensive zero-based review" of all defense functions and activities, beginning with a kickoff meeting on Saturday, according to a new memo.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's National Security Space Launch program costs have grown $4.1 billion since last December, due largely to new investment in rocket system development, according to a summary of the program's Selected Acquisition Report.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

The official overseeing directed-energy research for the Air Force has a new effort to step up artificial intelligence applications and develop virtual reality capabilities for warfighter training.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Army has awarded a contract to Kord Technologies of Huntsville, AL, teamed with competing subcontractors Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, to build a directed-energy prototype for the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense project, the service announced today.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

While Congress appears poised to authorize some version of a Space Force or Space Corps, experts say the key to that new organization’s impact is in how the plan is implemented -- and one of the biggest challenges will be aligning capabilities owned by separate services under one organizing element.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department expects to stand up U.S. Space Command within the next few weeks, the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command told reporters today.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Defense Department is conducting a pair of assessments of the U.S. industrial base to identify potential weak links in its ability to ramp up hypersonic weapons production -- findings expected to help guide targeted government investment in manufacturing tools and space to ensure timely delivery of these new ultra-fast missiles.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department says the Space Development Agency's early efforts to study options for a future space architecture are now delayed after congressional lawmakers denied a $15 million reprogramming request to kick-start that work.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Defense Department is drafting a national science and technology investment strategy to support a recently codified Hypersonics Roadmap. The roadmap, spearheaded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, seeks to efficiently coordinate Army, Navy, Air Force and Missile Defense Agency efforts to develop a new class of ultrafast offensive and defensive capabilities.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

A new Defense Department inspector general audit has found DOD agencies routinely failed to check whether defense contractors were protecting sensitive information on their networks with the required security controls.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

Raytheon and United Technologies this week held a "joint kickoff" event for their integration process, according to a top Raytheon executive.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Defense experts have diverging views on how the Air Force should move forward with its acquisition strategy for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent to mitigate fallout from Boeing's decision not to bid on the program.

July 25, 2019 | Daily News

Raytheon has taken steps to put "normal best practices" in place in its missile systems business unit, the company's chief executive said today.

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

Boeing has informed the Air Force it will not submit a bid for the service's intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program under the current acquisition strategy, a development that could narrow the competitive field to one company and hinder the Air Force's efforts to contain costs on the multibillion-dollar program.

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