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Missile Defense

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's top civilian acquisition official said this week he's concerned a congressional proposal to create a separate acquisition executive for space could limit efforts to better integrate air and space capabilities.

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has selected five industry proposals for a Hypersonic Defense Weapon System for further development -- four concepts that rely on a kinetic interceptor to destroy an enemy hypersonic boost glide weapon and one project that envisions a "non-kinetic" solution to thwart an ultrafast, maneuvering threat. (UPDATED)

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

The first production unit in the multibillion-dollar life extension program of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb will be delayed by about 16 to 18 months, according to a senior official at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is open to all kinds of proposals for the next Ground Based Strategic Deterrent contract, including a teaming approach between prime contractors Boeing and Northrop Grumman, according to the service’s acquisition executive.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is winnowing industry proposals for a Hypersonic Defense Weapon System, identifying four projects so far -- from a batch of 21-- to be fleshed out during a nine-month concept development phase, with the winning projects to date each featuring a new kinetic interceptor.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent Congress a list of military construction programs it intends to defer so $3.6 billion can be diverted to pay for barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

The White House has sent a 21-page list of "anomalies" to Congress seeking exemptions for a variety of federal spending priorities -- including the establishment of a Space Development Agency, continued development of hypersonic weapons and new background investigations -- in the likely event lawmakers pass a stopgap continuing resolution.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is delaying work on a space-based neutral particle beam "indefinitely," just months after revealing its plans to pursue the project, as DOD's research chief says the technology is not mature enough.

September 03, 2019 | Daily News

The head of the newly established U.S. Space Command said he recently reached a "new agreement" with the National Reconnaissance Office stipulating that both organizations will collaborate equally until the "higher stages of conflict," at which point NRO will answer to SPACECOM.

August 30, 2019 | Daily News

In a watershed development in the race to field a new triad of long-range, hypersonic strike weapons, the Defense Department is selecting defense contractor teams to manufacture prototype common-hypersonic glide bodies -- a key step toward scaling production of new ultra-fast warheads by moving manufacturing from a national laboratory to industry.

August 30, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency notched a significant achievement in the effort to bolster defenses against North Korea's medium-range ballistic missile threats during a test today, assessing a new government designed launcher for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system that promises to extend THAAD's defensive reach.

August 28, 2019 | Daily News

Boeing is looking to present an integrated team approach with Northrop Grumman for the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program -- a solution it says will not only address concerns with the solid rocket motor base but could shave two years off the development schedule.

August 28, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper was sidelined in recent weeks as Pentagon leaders decided the fate of the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program, an intentional recusal from the eventual decision to terminate the failed $1.2 billion project in which Esper's former employer Raytheon played a major role.

August 28, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today heralded a new internal budget review as a chance for the Pentagon to "make tough decisions" that better align resources with the National Defense Strategy, which calls for greater focus on China and Russia.

August 28, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today heralded a new internal budget review as a chance for the Pentagon to "make tough decisions" that better align resources with the National Defense Strategy, which calls for greater focus on China and Russia.

August 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Army is advancing its program to bolster low-altitude, air defense capabilities for maneuver units, granting limited fielding of an upgraded variant of the Stinger missile outfitted with a new proximity fuze designed to give the interceptor improved effectiveness against small unmanned aircraft.

August 26, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord today revealed a series of new reforms and initiatives aimed at blocking China's influence on the U.S. defense industrial base, including the establishment of a new congressionally directed intellectual property regime.

August 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is launching the Next Generation Interceptor program with a "Kick Off Industry Day" this Thursday, moving quickly to begin a follow-on to the Redesigned Kill Vehicle project terminated last week as a senior Pentagon official today issued a rebuke of the acquisition strategy behind the failed $1.2 billion RKV program.

August 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is launching the Next Generation Interceptor program with a "Kick Off Industry Day" this Thursday, moving quickly to begin a follow-on to the Redesigned Kill Vehicle project terminated last week as a senior Pentagon official today issued a rebuke of the acquisition strategy behind the failed $1.2 billion RKV program.

August 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department in mid-July requested authority from Congress to shift nearly $1 billion to address "unforeseen military requirements," but lawmakers approved a transfer of only $670 million, according to a new Pentagon budgetary reprogramming document.

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