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House OKs $696B Defense Policy Bill for Fiscal 2018

The House voted 344-81 Friday to pass a defense spending bill that would allocate $621.5 billion in defense base budget and $75 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported Friday. The House’s 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would set up a space-focused military branch and …

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Rep. Mac Thornberry: HASC’s FY 2018 NDAA Contains Acquisition Reform, Missile Defense Provisions

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has said his panel’s $640 billion defense spending bill for fiscal 2018 includes proposed changes to the Defense Department’s acquisition system, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Thornberry told reporters Thursday that the draft fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act contains changes …

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DoD Seeks $259M to Speed Up Multi-Object Kill Vehicle Devt

The Defense Department‘s budget request will allocate $259 million to accelerate the development of a kill vehicle for the U.S. military to intercept multiple enemy warheads, Defense One reported Friday. The budget request will fund a new development phase for the Multi-Object Kill Vehicle and shorten the program’s projected completion date by five years, according to the report. …

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MDA, Israel Complete Air Defense System Tests

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Israel’s missile defense organization have finished the fifth series of tests on a missile defense system designed to intercept short-range ballistic missiles and large caliber rockets. MDA said Wednesday the David’s Sling weapon system intercepted three threat-representative targets via Stunner missiles during the test series held at Yanat Sea …

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Reuters: North Korea States Readiness to Test-Launch Intercontinental Ballistic Missile; Ash Carter Comments

North Korea has said it has developed the capacity to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time and location that leader Kim Jong-Un dictates, Reuters reported Monday. Jack Kim and Ju-min Park write the North Korean government indicated its arms development efforts are in response to U.S. policies. Outgoing U.S. Defense …

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Vladimir Putin: Russia Continues Efforts to Modernize Nuclear Forces in Support of Arms Control Agreements

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country’s efforts to modernize nuclear forces conform with existing arms control agreements including a nuclear arms reduction treaty with the U.S., NBC News reported Friday. Alexey Eremenko and Eoghan MacGuire write the Russian president also claims that the country continues to develop nuclear warheads …

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MDA’s Richard Matlock: US Should Consider Space-Based Missile Defense System

Richard Matlock, program executive for advanced technology at the Missile Defense Agency, has said the U.S. needs to shift from a ground-based missile defense system to a space-based architecture to help address evolving threats, Space News reported Thursday. Matlock told a Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance-hosted forum that the U.S. should augment the Space-Based Infrared System …

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