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SMC Offers To Help Speed Deals For SDA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Space & Missile Systems Center’s Space Enterprise Consortium has been so successful at providing competitive prototypes, fast, that SMC wants to expand its scope dramatically.

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SDA Prioritizes Missile Tracking, Satellite Links

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The RFI explains that SDA is looking to potential contractors to supply “concepts for rapid prototyping, risk-reduction efforts that could be demonstrated in less than 18 months” that link to its proposed architecture.

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Hypersonics Won’t Repeat Mistakes Of F-35

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Let a hundred hypersonic flowers bloom, Pentagon officials say, instead of a single cumbersome mega-program.

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Pentagon’s New Ballistic Missile Interceptor Doesn’t Work, Suffers Years-Long Delay

Posted by Paul McLeary on


What happens when the Pentagon’s new ballistic missile defeat program doesn’t work? They keep using the old one, which has a spotty track record.

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Pentagon Studies Post-INF Weapons, Shooting Down Hypersonics

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Pentagon has almost completed a study of how to shoot down hypersonic missiles. It’s also developing new offensive weapons — conventional, not nuclear — whose deployment will become legal with the end of the INF Treaty.

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Aegis Ashore Scores Another Hit As US, Japan Build Up Defenses

Posted by Paul McLeary on


By 2021, plans call for Japan to have eight Aegis destroyers, four of them capable of launching the SM-3 Block IIA missiles, whose second successful test in a row comes as a vindication after two previous failures.

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New Space Force Costs Could Be Same As A Couple Of F-35s

Posted by Paul McLeary on


While standing up a new Space Force would likely run between $11 billion and $21 billion per year, the vast majority of that money — 96 percent — is already being spent by the Pentagon to run space operations, according to an analysis released Monday by budget expert Todd Harrison at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Japan Aegis Ship Tracks, Destroys Ballistic Missile

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Japanese government is spending billions on sea and ground-based missile defenses, but all the talk in the Pentagon is on space, as the U.S. scrambles to meet new hypersonic threats from China and Russia.

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Lockheed ‘Seizes High Ground’ With Second Hypersonics Deal

Posted by Colin Clark on


“All of the fundamental research in hypersonic aerodynamics is United States (work),” said Pentagon R&D chief Mike Griffin. “We did not choose to weaponize the results of that research. Our adversaries have chosen to weaponize it. That’s the challenge. We will respond.”

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SASC Pushes For More Hypersonics As Putin Flaunts New Weapons

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is promoting what he says are unbeatable hypersonic weapons, and Capitol Hill is listening closely. The result is hundreds of millions in new funding lines.

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