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Missile Defense

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

Regular testing of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system is continuing on schedule amid the COVID-19 national emergency, with the next launch of an unarmed ICBM planned for August.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon plans to attack North Korean long-range missiles while on the ground -- if it can target them -- as part of its new strategy to offset anticipated shortcomings in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system caused by modernization delays, including the Next Generation Interceptor development schedule.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently closed out a five-year program aimed at modeling a new way to develop and test improved space battle management command-and-control tools, and expects several agencies interested in the program's work may begin testing and experimentation as soon as this summer.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the COVID-19 outbreak will delay all major programs by about three months and require Congress to supplement the Defense Department with "billions and billions" of dollars to reimburse contractors experiencing virus-related challenges.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon today unveiled a collaborative research project begun in 2019 with Norway to prototype advanced technologies needed for a hypersonic cruise missile, revealing both the specific project with the Scandinavian partner as well as a previously undisclosed, overarching collaborative framework to work with allied nations on advanced technologies.

April 17, 2020 | Daily News

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents more than 300,000 Defense Department civilian workers, is pushing back against a congressional effort that would codify DOD's "Night Court" budget efficiency process.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's chief acquisition official confirmed today that a forthcoming report on a proposed Space Force acquisition system does not address whether the new service should have its own acquisition executive -- a recommendation that was included in an earlier draft of the report obtained by Inside Defense.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's inspector general is launching an assessment to evaluate the sufficiency of ground test and evaluation infrastructure to support hypersonic weapons development efforts.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) is proposing a $6 billion Indo-Pacific Deterrence Initiative bill for fiscal year 2021 intended to enhance U.S. military presence in the region and deter China.

April 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy last month considered launching a long-range experimental hypersonic flight test over the Atlantic Ocean toward target areas in the open sea more than 2,000 miles from Virginia, including points northeast of the South American coast and another roughly midway between the U.S. eastern seaboard and Western Sahara.

April 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's short-lived Gray Wolf program -- intended to create a networked cruise missile capability -- is planning up to two captive carriage flights and two launch and missile flight tests with a Northrop Grumman-built truck over the next several months.

April 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is scrambling to increase teleworking tools and network capacity with many employees working remotely during the coronavirus outbreak, as Pentagon officials say there will be some "permanency" to the new capabilities they've introduced in recent weeks.

April 13, 2020 | Daily News

At the beginning of the year, before the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic radically altered American society, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said one of his goals for 2020 was to position the Pentagon for the "irreversible implementation" of the National Defense Strategy and its new focus on great power competition with China and Russia.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The potential long-term budget implications of the novel coronavirus pandemic are beginning to shape thinking about what weapon system programs to defend should military spending face dramatic reductions, according to the top Air Force general in charge of Global Strike Command.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department this week laid out the framework for implementing recent legislation meant to help pay contractors unable to work during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today the Pentagon is going to "streamline" its internal budget review process to allow more employees to telework during the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is exploring a vast new test and training complex that would wrap around half the planet, reaching across the near entirety of the Pacific Ocean to support large-scale experimentation of advanced warfighting concepts, a move recommended by a classified study on the future of U.S. military superiority.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he is working to include measures that would help the U.S. defense industrial base in an upcoming COVID-19 stimulus bill being crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, has branded a proposal to improve the missile defense of Guam a "homeland defense" need and has notified Congress that a $1.7 billion requirement for Homeland Defense System-Guam is his top unfunded priority.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will hold a tabletop exercise this week to inform a new space deterrence strategy aimed at improving the Defense Department's messaging around space capabilities by potentially declassifying some information.

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