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Missile Defense

November 25, 2020

The Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense program -- a $7.9 billion effort vital to service plans to detect, track and defeat modern air threats -- suffered a minor setback this week, missing a planned Nov. 20 milestone review that aimed to transition it from more than a decade of development to initial production.

November 25, 2020

The Space Force is finalizing the organizational details of a new Space Warfighting Analysis Center, which will play a key role in developing advanced tactics and proposing new force design elements for the service.

November 24, 2020

Though President-elect Biden has yet to announce his nominee for defense secretary, members of his transition team are scheduled to arrive at the Pentagon on Monday to prepare for his upcoming administration.

November 24, 2020

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center's new director is imploring Defense Department components to understand AI and it uses, rather than just spend money on it, including through the creation of a new "missions directorate" to work with DOD organizations on how they can use AI and machine learning.

November 23, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is delaying initial fielding of the Long Range Discrimination Radar -- originally slated for next month -- to June 2021, a change of plans forced by the COVID-19 pandemic which hampered facility construction and installation of the new sensor in Alaska earlier this year.

November 23, 2020

The Space and Missile Systems Center is using a new request for information to help shape a larger conversation about how future launch services acquisition strategies will build on past work and where they might move in a new direction.

November 20, 2020

The Air Force has completed a final design review of a new arming and fuzing assembly for the military's intercontinental ballistic missiles after the service had to delay the milestone by eight months from its original schedule.

November 20, 2020

The vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said today he plans to spend his last year in the seat pushing hard for changes to the way the Defense Department classifies space programs.

November 20, 2020

Lawmakers have proposed a nearly $40 million addition to the Pentagon's budget in fiscal year 2021 to advance efforts aimed at adding a layer to the Ballistic Missile Defense System for detecting and tracking cruise missiles to address the growing threat to the United States and Canada from Russian bombers.

November 20, 2020

The commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center said today the Space Force will request a significant plus-up in funding in its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, reflecting the strategic importance of space investment as one of the Defense Department's top priorities.

November 19, 2020

The Air Force today announced six candidate bases to host U.S. Space Command Headquarters, including multiple locations not included in its initial attempt to choose a home base for the new combatant command.

November 19, 2020

Although key Defense Department strategy documents make a strong case for a more rapid, responsive launch capability, some launch officials and experts say the Pentagon needs more advocacy -- at all levels -- to move technology forward.

November 19, 2020

The Air Force is on schedule to conduct a preliminary design review in the coming months of Lockheed Martin's solution for the future Ground Based Strategic Deterrent's Mk21A reentry vehicle.

November 19, 2020

Lawmakers have proposed buying the Army an additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery, a move that if adopted would tack on $319 million to the Missile Defense Agency's budget, providing a denouement to a debate that flared two years ago when the Army secretary demanded $10 billion to take the program off MDA's books.

November 18, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) today said Democrats currently lack a winning national message and urged nuclear arms control advocates to focus more on the deterrence of war and less on eliminating the ultra-destructive U.S. arsenal.

November 18, 2020

The Defense Department and the Commerce Department are drafting a memorandum of understanding to detail their plans to transition space traffic management to the Commerce Department over the next few years.

November 17, 2020

The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said today he is concerned that "political calculations" over renaming military bases currently honoring Confederate leaders, along with two U.S. Senate election runoffs in Georgia, are threatening to scuttle the annual defense policy bill that has passed for 59 consecutive years.

November 17, 2020

A Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a flight test over the Pacific Ocean last night, demonstrating the extended reach of a weapon originally designed for shorter-range regional threats and bolstering Pentagon plans to add a second layer of homeland defenses against a limited ICBM attack from North Korea and potentially Iran.

November 16, 2020

The Defense Department, which does not expect to pass a full financial audit for many years, has failed for the third year in row, but is making some progress, according to the Pentagon inspector general's office.

November 13, 2020

President Trump, after losing the election earlier this month, has pushed several senior officials, including the defense secretary, out of the Pentagon, replaced them with loyalists and sparked questions about the national security moves he might make as his administration draws to a close.

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