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Missile Defense

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would repeal a previous provision requiring large defense contractors to reimburse the Pentagon for the cost of processing losing bid protests.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

New space technology company Redwire said this week it has acquired Made In Space, which provides on-orbit space manufacturing technologies.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee is proposing legislation mandating the Defense Department develop an "interim" Ground-based Interceptor capability to upgrade the current homeland ballistic missile defense fleet and field 20 of the new guided missiles in currently empty Alaska silos by the mid-2020s, a project that -- if enacted -- could siphon funds from the Missile Defense Agency's priorities.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill includes language to establish a space launch capability development program with a $250 million funding ceiling that would help the Air Force inject new technologies for future competition and support industry in meeting launch requirements.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would "terminate" the position of the Pentagon's chief management officer, a post lawmakers once intended to be the third-most senior official at the Defense Department.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

​Lawmakers are proposing new reporting requirements for the Next Generation Interceptor development program that could -- if enacted -- impose additional congressional oversight on the new counter-intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

A key House panel wants the Defense Department to draw up options for improving currently fielded Ground-based Interceptors, forging a potential new program to both upgrade and expand the existing homeland ballistic missile defense fleet that could compete with the Pentagon's new plan for a "layered" homeland defense architecture.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

A key House panel has declined to endorse the Pentagon's plans for a a layered homeland ballistic missile defense architecture based on the newest Aegis ballistic missile interceptor and a new variant of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor and instead directed a comprehensive analysis of alternatives for the mission to be conducted.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

House authorizers are pushing to review how the military is planning for possible delays fielding the next intercontinental ballistic missile system and any challenges the Air Force faces manning the acquisition program.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the defense industrial base is making an "enormous recovery" after a three-month slowdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but she stressed the continued need for supplemental funding in the "lower double-digit" billions to reimburse contractors for pandemic-related disruptions.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing legislation it hopes will focus the Space Development Agency's mission on top Defense Department priorities -- like the planned transport and missile warning layers -- and encourage greater use of commercial services.

June 21, 2020 | Daily News

A House panel is proposing legislation that would direct the Navy to arm DDG-1000 destroyers with an intermediate-range hypersonic weapon, require a sweeping analysis of alternatives before the Missile Defense Agency commits to a new layered homeland defense architecture, require the president to participate in an annual nuclear command and control exercise, and provide an unclassified report on foreign nuclear weapon programs.

June 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has established a Joint Hypersonic Transition Office and charged the new shop with overseeing creation of a university-led consortium to expand cooperation between academia, industry and government as part of the U.S. military's goal to eventually scale production of a new class of high-speed, maneuvering weapons.

June 18, 2020 | Daily News

The surprise announcement by Japan earlier this week to halt plans for Aegis Ashore acquisition and deployment could potentially be reversed once "concerns and issues" about the weapon system are resolved, a senior U.S. military official said.

June 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force needs to partner closely with Congress and other stakeholders as it works to make a case for using digital engineering for future space development programs, according to the service's deputy under secretary for space acquisition and integration.

June 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is looking closely at how its fiscal year 2022 budget request might invest in the Defense Department's future space-based missile warning architecture, according to the service's deputy assistant secretary for space acquisition and integration.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is on the cusp of seizing the lead in maneuvering hypersonic technology development from China and Russia and is poised next year to ramp up flight tests to as many 40 over the next four years, according to a senior Pentagon official.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

A new Defense Space Strategy released today highlights four priority lines of effort the Pentagon plans to pursue in order to ensure it is positioned to "compete, deter and win" against future threats: build a comprehensive military advantage in space; integrate military spacepower into national, joint and combined operations; shape the strategic environment; and cooperate with allies, partners, industry and other U.S. government agencies.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

Senior Pentagon officials for months have publicly touted an internal budget review said to have "harvested" $5.7 billion in "savings" that can be reinvested in military modernization and readiness, but the process, along with newly surfaced documents breaking down the cost cutting, is generating heartburn on Capitol Hill.

June 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department inspector general intends to audit sole-source depot maintenance contracts performed at contractor facilities to determine whether the military has negotiated "fair and reasonable" prices.

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