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US Army Signals Israel’s Iron Dome Isn’t The Answer

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“It was developed for a very specific threat and it does incredible things…we intend to operate it differently — in support of an Army on the move. It’s not just going to be static.”

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F-35 Spots Targets For Army Missile Defenders

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The test was a big achievement for two much-criticized programs: the Joint Strike Fighter and the Army’s IBCS network — and for the services’ struggle to work better together in a future war.

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IBCS: Northrop Delivers New Army Missile Defense Command Post

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


After years of tests, setbacks, and painstaking fixes, the Army has its first fire-control center for a radically new kind of missile defense.

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Army Awards Northrop $289M For IBCS Missile Defense Network

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Chief of Staff Mark Milley declared air and missile defense the Army’s No. 5 priority — one of the Big Six which the service is pushing to accelerate, if necessary at the expense of everything else in their budget.

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Missile Defense Vs. China, Russia: Decentralize, Disperse, & Hide

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: China or Russia could all too easily detect and destroy US Army missile defenses, exposing American forces to devastating attack, a forthcoming study finds. Patriot and THAAD units are big groups of big objects — launchers, radars, command posts — that emit lots of heat and radio/radar waves, are hard to camouflage, and can’t… Keep reading →

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Army IBCS Missile Defense System Tracks Jets Despite Jamming

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army’s embattled missile defense network, IBCS, passed a major field test at Yuma Proving Ground in October, contractor Northrop Grumman announced today. In stark contrast to chronic software crashes early on, the command-and-control system accurately tracked everything from drones to helicopters to fighter jets, both Army aircraft and Marine ones. (It’s hit ballistic and… Keep reading →

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North Korea Threat Worsening; No Time to Rest: MDA

Posted by Sandra Erwin on


CAPITOL HILL: The Missile Defense Agency is still basking in the glow of last month’s successful shoot-down of an ICBM target but it will not get complacent in the face of North Korea‘s steady rounds of provocative missile tests, MDA Director Vice Adm. James Syring assured the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces yesterday.… Keep reading →

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Crunch Time For Army Missile Defense Network, IBCS

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Northrop Grumman‘s IBCS network could revolutionize how the Army does air and missile defense, if they can get the software to stop crashing. Since Pentagon testers found in February 2016 that the system had to abort, on average, every six to eight hours, the program has worked hard to make the software “more robust,”… Keep reading →

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Army Races To Rebuild Short-Range Air Defense: New Lasers, Vehicles, Units

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: As Russia and other adversaries stock up on drones, rockets, and missiles, the US Army is building up defenses to shoot them down. But that Short-Range Air Defense force has been devastated by a decade of cuts. The service’s plan to revive SHORAD involves deploying to Europe about 50 more of its current Avenger… Keep reading →

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Achilles Heel Of Army Air & Missile Defense: The Network

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: The Russians aren’t just deploying new treaty-breaking, nuclear-capable cruise missiles. They’re also fielding sophisticated cyber and electronic warfare systems that can hack or jam our defenses against such missiles. In fact, no military mission is more dependent on high-speed data networks than air and missile defense — but no military system is more vulnerable than those… Keep reading →

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