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Missile Defense

October 21, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he remains "unconvinced" by the liberal wing of his party pushing for major cuts to the Pentagon, but stressed he is open to the debate if Democrats win unified control of the federal government.

October 20, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today the Pentagon has made some internal reforms to ease the path of U.S. weapons to foreign buyers.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force's chief operating officer said today he expects the restrictions imposed by Congress' continuing resolution to slow the standup of new field commands and impede the growth of the service's civilian workforce.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin is drafting plans for a sea-based variant of its most advanced Patriot interceptor -- the Missile Segment Enhanced -- in response to the Missile Defense Agency's request for ideas on ways to defeat a hypersonic weapon during the terminal phase.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin today disclosed it has teamed with Aerojet Rocketdyne on the Next Generation Interceptor competition, effectively guaranteeing Aerojet Rocketdyne a spot on a winning bid.

October 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department will issue a new policy as part of its Adaptive Acquisition Framework focused on cybersecurity to help program managers understand the processes and practices needed throughout the acquisition process, according to senior DOD officials.

October 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Office of the Secretary of Defense projects the military's new intercontinental ballistic missile system -- the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent -- will cost $264 billion over its life cycle, which could extend into the 2070s, Air Force spokesman Capt. Joshua Benedetti confirmed in a statement to Inside Defense today.

October 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency conducted three major ground tests between January and late August, events that aimed to advance work on the European Phased Adaptive Approach Phase 3 and support improved integration between the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems.

October 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Central District Court of California has dismissed SpaceX's lawsuit against the Air Force, ordering the case to be vacated in a new judgment issued last week.

October 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s decision to export material used in missile production to China undermines U.S. national security and should not be allowed to proceed, a group of Senate Democrats said on Monday.

October 05, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is laying the organizational and technical ground work to add a new layer to the Ballistic Missile Defense System that would defend North America from enemy cruise missiles, a project that comes as Air Force leaders this fall are eyeing options to begin a potential program as soon as 2023 to better defend the United States and Canada from such low-flying, air-breathing threats.

October 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force expects to stand up its new acquisition command in 2021 -- a schedule target that should give the service time to determine a transition plan for Army and Navy space capabilities and to ensure it's taking the right approach to combining a number of organizations under a single command.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord told lawmakers today the Defense Department is justified in distributing COVID-19 bailout funds to defense contractors economically hurt by the pandemic and said Congress needs to provide billions more.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. military today conducted a flight test demonstrating new interoperability between the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems as it responds to an urgent requirement from commanders in South Korea for improved Patriot-THAAD integration to defend against North Korean ballistic missile threats.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

Two congressmen behind a new bipartisan report urging significant defense reforms say the Pentagon can either divest legacy weapons in favor of artificial intelligence and unmanned systems, or it can lose the race for technological superiority to China.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House authorizers has released its final report on U.S. national security strategy, calling for a whole-of-nation effort to confront the threat of a superpower China, including a wholesale review of the Defense Department's legacy systems and dramatically increased spending on emerging technologies.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is launching a second layer to its counter-hypersonic portfolio with a new project that aims to develop a sea-based interceptor to defeat threats in the terminal phase -- an envisioned last-line of defense for the Navy against a new class of ultra-fast glide vehicles and cruise missiles being developed by Russia and China -- with plans to vet proposals by December and award initial contracts in early 2021.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has finished an analysis of alternatives for the Survivable Airborne Operations Center -- a future platform capable of supporting nuclear command, control and communications operations -- and is preparing for the impacts of funding restrictions on the broader NC3 modernization enterprise under a continuing resolution.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has launched a new initiative to improve how it approaches the exportability of defense technology to allied and partner countries.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has granted Boeing Phantom Works a final attempt to demonstrate a 100-kilowatt class laser by spring of next year, an assessment that will determine whether the company's directed-energy project can be considered for inclusion in the Pentagon's Industry Laser Scaling roadmap for continued development, according to MDA.