Archive: Missile Defense

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House Rejects Attempt To Nix Space-Based Missile Defense

The House has defeated by voice vote a proposal to block funding for a new space-based missile defense system. The proposed amendment to the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill would have denied money needed to carry out a provision in the House-passed FY 2018 defense authorization bill that would direct the Missile Defense Agency to begin […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

U.S. Strategic Command Consolidating Component Commands

U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) is streamlining its component structure by consolidating 18 component commands into four, the head of STRATCOM said July 26. Under the reorganization, one component command will be responsible for all air and missile capabilities, while the others will oversee maritime forces, missile defense and space, said Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who […]

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Lawmakers Seek To Block Funding For Space Corps, Space-Based Missile Defense

As the full House gears up to consider its fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill this week, lawmakers have submitted more than 140 amendments for potential consideration, including proposals to block funding for creating a space corps and developing space-based missile defenses. An amendment by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) would deny money needed to implement […]

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

THAAD Test Planned For This Weekend

A U.S. Coast Guard notice indicated another Alaska-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense test is set to occur this weekend. The Coast Guard’s most recent weekly notice to mariners said the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, a state-owned company, will conduct a rocket launch from the Kodiak Narrow Cape Launch facility on Kodiak Island, […]

A slide from Lt. Gen. James Dickinson’s presentation at a July 18 AUSA event, High Energy Laser Demonstrations and Data Collections. Image: U.S. Army.

Army Working Up To 100 kW Laser Weapons Step By Step

The Army is sequencing tests of directed-energy technologies up towards a 100 kW laser by 2022 for fixed and rotor wing targets, the head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command said Tuesday. Lt. Gen. James Dickinson highlighted directed energy/lasers as an important research effort for his command at an Association of […]

An SM-3 Block IIA missile interceptor is launched from the USS John Paul Jones in a Feb. 2017 test called SFTM-1. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Second New SM-3 Interceptor Test Fails

A new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile intercept test conducted off the coast of Hawaii failed, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said last Wednesday. The Wednesday test, called Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Cooperative Development Flight Test Maritime-2 (SFTM-2), was a partnership between the MDA and the Japan Ministry of Defense. It involved the use […]

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House Panel Calls For New Space-Based Sensors To Aid Missile Defense

A key congressional panel is pushing the Department of Defense to begin developing a new fleet of space-based sensors to improve the ability of warfighters to track hostile ballistic missiles. In its portion of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill, unveiled June 20, the House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces panel calls for the […]

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MDA Asks Industry For Long Endurance UAS For Missile Defense

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is interested in industry’s capability to provide a High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft for missile defense laser uses by the 2023 timeframe, the agency said last Tuesday. According to a FedBizOpps Broad Agency Announcement and Request For Information (RFI), a HALE aircraft with a greater payload capability […]