Archive: Missile Defense

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

Hyten Argues For Faster Development, More Risk Tolerance

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said the American defense establishment has to move faster under the threat of being outpaced by its adversaries, particularly in the space and missile defense realms. The U.S. is currently being outpaced by its adversaries in defense matters because in recent decades the country has […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Reveals New Missile Defense Radar

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Lockheed Martin [LMT] is set to unveil a new air and missile defense radar demonstrator this week that will be the basis of the company’s offering to an expected upcoming Army competition for the future Integrated Air and Missile Defense System radar, the company said Monday This new radar system, the active […]

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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 […]