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SMDR for Mon., December 4. Vol. 17, Issue 25

Senate Appropriators Boost Missile Defense Funding

Senate appropriators increased missile defense funding by $1.4 billion over the administration’s request for fiscal year (FY) 2018, but at a lower rate than the authorization bill allowed for.The Senate Appropriations Committee’s (SAC) report, released Nov. 21, funded the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at $9.3 billion, about $1.4 billion over the administration’s request.However, the National…

NDAA Makes Missile Defense Policy Changes

The fiscal year 2018 defense bill passed by both Houses of Congress authorizes numerous changes and directives to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), including studies to expand missile defense fields.The conference-agreed FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes $12.3 billion in spending for the MDA, $4.4 billion over the administration’s request. It boosts the…

Romania Signs Agreement To Buy Patriot Missile Defense System

Romania’s government signed an agreement to buy Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system from the U.S. Army, the company said Nov. 29.The agreement, called a Letter of Offer and Acceptance opens Romania to reach initial operational capability (IOC) for Patriot relatively quickly and sets up contract negotiations between the U.S. government and…

Israel Declares Naval Iron Dome Operational

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) declared a naval component of the Iron Dome rocket and artillery shell defense system operational on Nov. 28 following final successful tests.The Israeli Navy and Air Force conducted several successful tests with Iron Dome designer Rafael and the Israel Missile Defense Association to evaluate the capabilities of the Naval Iron Dome system.…

NASA Finalizing Plan To Promote Commercial Human Spaceflight In Low Earth Orbit

NASA is putting the finishing touches on a congressionally mandated plan to increase commercial human activity on the International Space Station (ISS) and other potential low-Earth-orbit platforms, an agency official said Nov. 29.The plan, which is due to Congress Dec. 1, is required by the NASA transition authorization act of 2017, which President Donald Trump…

NASA, NOAA Launch JPSS-1 Weather Satellite On ULA Rocket

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have launched the first of four Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellites, which are designed to provide more accurate weather forecasts than existing polar-orbiting satellites.JPSS-1 lifted off on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:47 a.m. Pacific time…