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Missile Defense

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is eyeing a two-way competition for its prototype hypersonic defense interceptor program with plans to down select in the first 18 months to a single concept and later culminate with a non-intercept flight test.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force this week selected Raytheon to develop a data processing framework for its Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared ground system -- an effort the company hopes will provide a pathway to future satellite ground services work.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman's chief executive said today restricted work made up about a quarter of the company's sales in 2019.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today said the overclassification of programs is "unbelievably ridiculous," and he expects to see improvement this year.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

North Korea could challenge the ability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to protect the U.S. homeland as soon as 2025, according to an assessment by U.S. Northern Command -- revealed by a lawmaker and verified by a top Pentagon official -- that anticipates continued advances in Pyongyang's long-range missile program.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is considering a proposal to bolster Guam's defense by replacing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system with an Aegis Ashore site -- a move that would mark the first Pacific deployment of the land-based Standard Missile system to protect forward-deployed forces in the western-most U.S. territory against North Korean threats.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force readies a new space acquisition and integration office, one of its early efforts is to identify roles and responsibilities for existing organizations that develop space capabilities, including the Space Development Agency, the Space Rapid Capabilities Office and the Space and Missile Systems Center.

January 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has tapped Northrop Grumman to lead Glide Breaker -- an advanced technology development program that aims to develop components that one day could enable a lightweight interceptor to defeat hypersonic boost-glide weapons at very long range.

January 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has tapped Northrop Grumman to lead Glide Break -- an advanced technology development program that aims to develop components that one day could enable a lightweight interceptor to defeat hypersonic boost-glide weapons at very long range.

January 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has released its new Adaptive Acquisition Framework, which defense officials say will dramatically accelerate a notoriously slow and cumbersome system.

January 24, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper called on Congress today to take a "leap" and support the Pentagon's plans to divest legacy weapon systems so new investments can be made in emerging technologies.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's effort to help allies modernize their militaries is facing a new set of challenges -- higher demand for fourth-generation fighter jets and segregated air and missile defense systems.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy needs to send clear signals to the hypersonics industrial base in anticipation of the coming transition from developing prototypes to producing the weapon systems at scale, according to the service's acting chief civilian.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

As the new Space Development Agency continues to map its strategy for a missile tracking and detection layer, it is working closely with the Missile Defense Agency to determine which organization will be responsible for which capabilities.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

Nearly a year after it was created, the Space Development Agency is today beginning its work in earnest by asking industry to propose a wide range of "good enough" systems, technologies and capabilities that "enable leap-ahead improvements" that can be rapidly put on orbit in two-year tranches beginning in fiscal year 2022 in order to begin fleshing out a new National Defense Space Architecture.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

Army and Navy leaders took the Pentagon's internal spending debate public last week as they discussed a variety of stresses on their respective budgets, following new orders from Defense Secretary Mark Esper mandating aggressive "clean sheet" reviews for next year.

January 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy's top advocate for surface forces said the DDG-1000 -- a low signature destroyer capable of independent, open-ocean patrols whose role in the fleet the service is still defining -- should be armed with long-range hypersonic weapons to "put the fear of God in our adversaries."

January 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's No. 2 military official today issued a stinging rebuke of Defense Department deliberations over developing a new satellite urgently needed to track -- among other things -- adversary hypersonic weapons.

January 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department owes lawmakers a report next year on how to integrate Navy and Army space capabilities into the new Space Force, but the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the department needs to move faster.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin has nabbed a lead role in another hypersonic weapons program, winning the sole contract for the third phase of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Operational Fires program -- a project launched in 2018 to develop and demonstrate a new surface-to-surface precision fires weapon that ground forces can use to penetrate sophisticated enemy air defenses.

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