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Missile Defense

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, wants an Aegis Ashore missile defense system on Guam by 2026 to defend the U.S. territory against advancing ballistic and cruise missile threats, arguing the combination of land- and sea-based missile defenses currently deployed there are limited to protecting one side of the island only and insufficient to provide 360-degree defense from China's ships and aircraft.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today formally released its Arctic strategy -- which calls for enhanced missile defense, space and polar mobility capabilities, greater collaboration with allies and partners in the Arctic region and improved and expanded readiness and training exercises.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The new chief executive of Lockheed Martin said today the company is preparing for a potential defense budget upturn as well as a downturn.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The House voted 241-173 today against an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would have removed an existing law requiring the Pentagon to send Congress an annual list of unfunded priorities.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today she plans to reveal several initiatives in the coming months that would help "re-shore" the U.S. microelectronics supply chain and "open the envelope" on weapon system exports to foreign countries.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is conducting a precursor assessment for a potential new capability that aims to provide senior leaders with accurate, timely, unambiguous warning and attack assessment of air, missile and space threats -- a next-generation, command-and-control system referred to as the Integrated Tactical Warning Attack Assessment.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

In rebuke of Pentagon plans to defund the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii project, three congressional committees have reinstated funding in fiscal year 2021 for the ground-based sensor in recent weeks -- a move that comes as an internal Defense Department report aims to recommend what to do with the program in the FY-22 budget proposal.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers are recommending $90 million in fiscal year 2021 for the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, looking to bankroll the newly established shop with additional funds to extend a host of research and development projects the Pentagon recently asked academia to propose.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The House is poised to pass legislation that gradually ramps up "Buy American" requirements on the Defense Department's largest programs of record, but industry representatives and analysts say the "arbitrary" rules could trip up important weapons developments and hurt international cooperation on defense programs.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Powerful House appropriators want to eliminate the Pentagon's controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account and return the department to annual supplemental funding requests, potentially sending defense officials scrambling to fill multibillion-dollar budget holes, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

A House panel is criticizing the Air Force's management of its hypersonics prototyping program -- pointing to skyrocketing costs and poor budget planning as evidence of the military's broader lack of discipline executing Middle Tier Acquisition authorities.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

House appropriators are pushing the Air Force to move quickly to create a separate acquisition executive for space -- direction that comes as the Air Force in recent months has slowed down those plans, opting to focus on crafting a new acquisition system before committing to an organizational structure.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

A third congressional defense oversight committee is objecting to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 proposal to put the Space Development Agency in charge of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor, a development that could keep the Missile Defense Agency running the project.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy is considering tasking its new unmanned surface vessels with the ballistic missile defense mission, a move that could free up guided-missile destroyers and push the service toward the more distributed fleet it is seeking.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

In a new letter sent to the Pentagon this week, eight of the largest defense contractors say they are preparing their estimated costs related to COVID-19 relief legislation and warn the Pentagon will need additional funding to cover these expenses.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord says the United States should "re-shore" the production of key capabilities like microelectronics after the COVID-19 crisis exposed weaknesses in the Defense Department's supply chain.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is poised to consider a fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill that funds Pentagon modernization to the tune of $244.7 billion, but also sets the stage for confrontation with the White House over the border wall and the names of military bases.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is mandating a single specific milestone only for the Next Generation Interceptor program -- emplacement of a new ballistic missile defense interceptor in the ground at Ft. Greely, AK, in 2028 -- and is otherwise allowing bidders to propose developmental milestones on the way to initial fielding.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee last week adopted a provision that would direct the Defense Department to explore co-development with Japan of a new guided missile, a follow-on to the Standard Missile-Block IIA ballistic missile interceptor developed by the two nations.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill, which the panel approved last night, includes several amendments related to space acquisition programs -- including one that questions the Air Force's efforts to craft an alternate Space Force acquisition system.

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