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MDA Chief Jon Hill Puts Focus on Hypersonics, Space-Based Capabilities

Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said that Congress and the Department of Defense are focused on developing hypersonic and ballistic tracking technologies, Defense News reported Tuesday. Hill noted that emerging threats remain a big challenge for MDA and the agency is in the process of updating its existing weapons and sensors for both terrestrial and space-based missions.

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Report: Japan’s 2018 Defense Budget Includes $1.2B for Ballistic Missile Defense

Japan has approved a $45.8 billion defense budget for the year beginning April 1, including $1.2 billion for ballistic missile defense programs, Reuters reported Friday. The budget will fund purchases of the Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors; updates for the Patriot missile batteries; and preparations for the establishment of two ground-based Aegis ballistic missile defense systems, …

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Navy Commissions Guided Missile Destroyer USS John Finn in Pearl Harbor

The U.S. Navy‘s 63rd Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS John Finn, has joined the service branch’s operational fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, DVIDS reported Saturday. Adm. Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, said at the commissioning ceremony that USS John Finn will support U.S. power projection efforts in the …

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Trump Orders Pentagon to Review Military Readiness

President Donald Trump has instructed Defense Secretary James Mattis to perform a 30-day review of the U.S. military’s readiness in the war against the Islamic State militant group, the Washington Post reported Friday. Dan Lamothe writes Trump also asked Mattis to create a plan to boost readiness by fiscal year 2019 within …

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Sputnik News: Russia Develops New Hypersonic Glide Vehicles

Russia has developed new Yu-74 hypersonic glide vehicles in the past few years, Sputnik News reported Saturday. Ostkraft.ru said Russia has tested an experimental Yu-74 glider aboard the intercontinental-range RS-18A ballistic missile system this year. The Yu-74 gliders work to accommodate nuclear warheads, electronic warfare features or false target simulators and are developed for deployment onto Russia’s RS-28 …

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DoD News: Bob Work Visits Romania for Ballistic Missile Defense Site Launch

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has visited Romania to meet with government officials and attend the inauguration of a land-based ballistic missile defense facility at Deveselu on Thursday, DoD News reported Wednesday. Lisa Ferdinando writes Work met with Romanian officials such as President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Defense Minister Mihnea …

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Adm. Bill Gortney: Sequestration a Challenge to Combatant Commands

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has said sequestration poses a challenge to the current mission areas of the U.S. armed forces, DoD News reported Thursday. Jim Garamone writes that Gortney told an Atlantic Council event audience that budget cuts to the operations and …

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