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Air Force Adopts Hub to Consolidate, Organize Minuteman III Program Data; Col. Erik Quigley Quoted

Minuteman III

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) has partnered with contractor Sabel Systems to establish a hub that consolidates and manages data for the Minuteman III program. The Teamcenter hub brings the opportunity to smoothen the 18-year transition from the aging Minuteman III system to the new Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). 

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Air Force Releases Results of GBSD Missile Environmental Assessment

Ground-Based

The Department of the Air Force has released an environmental assessment of the efforts to modernize the U.S. military's intercontinental ballistic missile. The Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) test program's final environmental assessment covers the proposed efforts to demonstrate GBSD at U.S. Army Garrison–Kwajalein Atoll and waters surrounding the Marshall Islands. 

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Northrop Grumman Supports Successful MDA Flight Test; Scott Lehr Quoted

Northrop Grumman

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully intercepted a Northrop Grumman Corporation built Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target that was launched during a flight test from the Reagan Test Site in the Kwajalein Atoll. “With this successful test, the MDA has successfully demonstrated critical capabilities for the defense of our country utilizing many of Northrop Grumman’s missile defense capabilities, said Scott Lehr.

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Ellen Lord: DoD Must Consolidate Military Construction Funds to Meet ICBM Modernization Deadlines

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) acquisition head and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Pentagon seeks to streamline military construction allocations to support the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) missile modernization program. Lord’s office is currently negotiating with Congress on legislation that would allow projects at launch facilities in one location to be consolidated into a single contract.

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Air Force Eyes Hypersonic Modifications to ICBM Arsenal; Lt. Col. Robert Carver Quoted

ICBM

The U.S. Air Force is planning to update its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to include elements such as thermal protection systems to support hypersonic speeds. The Air Force previously announced its intent to award the GBSD contract to Northrop Grumman.

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Vice Adm. Jon Hill on MDA’s Layered Homeland Missile Defense System Against ICBM Threats

Vice Adm. Jon Hill

Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), said there are several challenges MDA needs to address as it develops a layered homeland defense system against intercontinental ballistic missile threats and one concerns the upcoming test of the SM-3 Block IIA missile.

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USAF Conducts Sustainability Test With Minuteman III Missile

Air Force Global Strike Command tested a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile's flight and reentry to verify the weapon's reliability. The unarmed missile, also known as Flight Test Unit 2, flew with a reentry vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to the Marshall Islands during the developmental test, U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday.

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Navy, Air Force Advance Nuclear Triad Modernization Efforts

Officials said the Air Force and the Navy are accelerating efforts to deliver new platforms designed to replace legacy systems of the U.S. nuclear triad, National Defense reported Friday. Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of strategic systems programs for the Navy, said the service considers the procurement of Columbia-class submarines a top acquisition priority and plans to have the lead boat ready by 2031.

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