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Missile Defense

December 9, 2020

The director of national intelligence announced today his agency is considering whether the Space Force should become a member of the U.S. intelligence community and said he will make a decision in the next month or two.

December 8, 2020

Lawmakers have agreed to authorize -- over the objections of the Defense Department -- an interim upgrade program of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system that could, if backed by appropriations in fiscal year 2021, divert resources from other Missile Defense Agency priorities and potentially detract from efforts to develop a Next Generation Interceptor.

December 8, 2020

President-elect Biden has said he intends to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin for defense secretary, putting a spotlight on the former four-star's time as a member of Raytheon Technologies' board of directors.

December 7, 2020

The Air Force estimates its acquisition of a new arming and fuzing assembly for the military's intercontinental ballistic missiles will cost $3.1 billion, about $600 million more than expected, Inside Defense has learned.

December 7, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today Democrats and Republicans in Congress have the votes necessary to override President Trump if he vetoes the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 7, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is delaying plans to award design contracts for a Next Generation Interceptor into early 2021, pushing a decision originally expected this month into late January or possibly early February that will winnow a field of three competitors to two for the multibillion-dollar contest to build a new intercontinental ballistic missile-killing interceptor, according to multiple sources.

December 7, 2020

Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said today the "message has been conveyed" to the White House that Congress will be prepared to override President Trump should he make good on threats to veto the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 7, 2020

In a report issued last month, the Defense Business Board recommended the presidential transition team have at least 13 Defense Department appointees confirmed to begin work immediately after the Jan. 20 inauguration.

December 7, 2020

Lawmakers are declining to immediately authorize U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's No. 1 unfunded priority in fiscal year 2021 -- a Guam missile defense system -- instead directing a sweeping assessment of the requirement and a report on potential regional consequences of arming the island with an advanced new system to provide 360-degree protection against advanced ballistic, hypersonic and cruise missiles.

December 4, 2020

The compromise fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill does not include strict "Buy American" requirements for weapons programs after defense industry groups and foreign governments lobbied against them.

December 4, 2020

The final version of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill includes a number of spacelift provisions, directing the creation of a certification and innovation fund, a tactically responsive space launch program and an acquisition strategy for small satellite launch.

December 3, 2020

House and Senate negotiators today released a final version of the $740.5 billion fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that President Trump has threatened to block.

December 3, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency appears to be closing in on a final acquisition strategy for a follow-on Ground-based Midcourse Defense development and sustainment contract, an effort that appears on track to break up a single support contract for the homeland defense ballistic missile defense system into multiple projects.

December 2, 2020

The Air Force released a notice today stating it will award a prime contract to develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent's Mk21A re-entry vehicle no later than the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023 -- slightly earlier than previously anticipated.

December 2, 2020

The House and Senate are ready to proceed with a defense authorization bill that could draw a veto from President Trump because it includes a measure to remove the names of Confederate leaders from U.S. military bases and does not include a repeal of legal immunity for social media companies, according to lawmakers and staffers.

December 2, 2020

Russian military aircraft activity near the United States and Canada has sharply increased this year, prompting North American Aerospace and Defense Command to scramble 14 times since January on intercept missions -- more than twice the annual average and one shy of the post-Cold War peak of 15 Russian sorties in 2014, according to recently declassified information.

December 2, 2020

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today the Pentagon should expect flat or reduced budgets in the coming years and should consider cutting U.S. troop presence overseas to save money.

December 1, 2020

Senate lawmakers have recommended funding to upgrade the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, a move that would add more than $100 million to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 budget for an engineering change proposal for improvements to the newest Aegis interceptor which has not yet cleared hurdles to full-rate production.

December 1, 2020

The outgoing Trump administration opposes several measures in the Senate version of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill, including proposed cuts to experimental weapons programs, according to a new letter from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

November 30, 2020

The Defense Department today disclosed a new hypersonic research project with Australia called the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), an endeavor that aims to feed new technology into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept.

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