Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

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MDA, Northrop Grumman Complete Missile Defense Wargames At Forum

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Northrop Grumman [NOC] June 9 said they have successfully completed multiple sessions of a missile defense wargame for the second annual Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Forum recently concluded at Fort Belvoir, Va. Wargames are often used to demonstrate future ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) capabilities to the warfighting communities, […]

Lt. Gen. David Mann. Photo: U.S. Army

Protecting Ballistic Missile Technology Starts With Cyber, Army General Says

Ensuring effective cyber defenses are in place to help contain the proliferation of technologies that could contribute to enemy capabilities is one way to prevent the danger at a time when so much technology is commercially available, an Army general said Wednesday. Lt. Gen. David Mann, the chief of the Army’s Space and Missile Defense […]

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery fires an interceptor missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Vice Chief Says Missile Defense In Asia-Pacific Could Expand

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, said Wednesday persistent North Korean provocations could lead to an expansion of missile defenses in the Asia-Pacific region and that the United States, Japan and South Korea must continuously cooperate to address the threat. “We’re encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their […]

A SM-3 1B launching off a Navy cruiser in Oct. 2013. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Aegis Ashore Launches Standard Missile For the First Time

The land version of the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile System planned for installation in Europe has completed its first test firing of a Standard Missile interceptor against a simulated target, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Pentagon is developing the Aegis Ashore system as part of NATO’s overall missile defense plan for Europe, with the first […]

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First Block 1B Version of SM-3 Deployed, Raytheon Says

The Navy and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency have for the first time deployed on a ship the block 1B version of the Standard Missile-3 for missile defense, prime contractor Raytheon [RTN] said Wednesday. The SM-31B was deployed as part of the U.S. missile defense plans for Europe known as the European Phased Adaptive Approach […]

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MDA Cost Estimates ‘Unreliable:’ GAO Report

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is making improvements, but for the fourth year in a row the agency’s cost estimates are unreliable, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report. For example, the GAO said, “MDA’s 2013 cost estimates still do not include operations and support costs for military services, which may significantly understate […]