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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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Chad Sbragia: China Projected to Double Nuclear Warhead Stockpile Over Next 10 Years

Chad Sbragia

Chad Sbragia, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for China, said the nation plans to develop its own “nuclear triad” and is expected to increase its number of nuclear warheads twofold over the next decade. Sbragia added the East Asian country aims to transform its army into a “world-class military” by 2050. 

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

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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

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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

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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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Russia Fields Hypersonic Weapon ‘Avangard’

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Russia’s defense ministry said the country has fielded its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles, Reuters reported Saturday. Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister, informed President Vladimir Putin of the deployment of the Avangard system, which has a hypersonic glide vehicle sitting on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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