Tag Archives: THAAD

INDOPACOM, MDA Request Additional Funding For Ballistic Missile Defense Systems; Vice Adm. Jon Hill Quoted

Indo-Pacific Command

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in its customary unfunded requirements list sent to Congress contains $889.94 million worth of projects and programs. INDOPACOM’s chief concern is more funding to develop a ballistic missile defense system for Guam. These lists are sent to Congress every year to help guide lawmakers as they decide what might require additional funding. 

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Army Looks to Deploy ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense Batteries by Year’s End; Bruce Jette Quoted

Bruce Jette

The U.S. Army plans to field two Rafael-built Iron Dome air-defense weapon systems at Fort Bliss, Texas, by the end of 2020, Breaking Defense reported Friday. The Army designated Iron Dome as Interim Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 and intends to use the battery to defend against cruise missiles.

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MDA, Army Test Interoperability of THAAD, Patriot Missile Defense Systems; Jon Hill Quoted

Patriot Weapon System

The U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have concluded testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot weapon systems as part of an interoperability exercise that began early this year. The FTP-27 assessment took place at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and saw the THAAD Army-Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance target data to the Patriot system. 

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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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MDA Chief Vice Adm. Jon Hill on Moving THAAD Missile Defense System to Army

Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said he's not in favor of a plan to transition the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to the U.S. Army, Defense News reported Wednesday. “Why would we hand that off to the Army or Air Force, that sort of transfer to a service where it won’t be prioritized?"

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Senate Committee Wants Army to Oversee Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense System

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to see the U.S. Army in charge of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, a platform designed to deter ballistic missiles, Defense News reported Wednesday. The committee released an executive summary of the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill to mandate the Missile Defense Agency to turn THAAD's responsibility over to the Army.

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Trump, DoD Release 2019 Missile Defense Review

The White House and the Department of Defense have issued a new policy framework to protect U.S. forces and allies from missile threats posed by rogue states and other potential adversaries, U.S. Strategic Command reported Thursday. President Donald Trump released the 2019 Missile Defense Review with Vice President Mike Pence and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday at the Pentagon.

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Trump OKs $717B Defense Spending Bill for Fiscal 2019

President Donald Trump has signed into law a spending bill that allocates $616.9 billion for the Defense Department‘s base budget, $21.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons initiatives and $69 billion for overseas contingency operations, CNBC reported Monday. The fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act will fully fund the U.S. Air Force’s B-21 bomber …

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Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves: Interoperability Between Patriot, THAAD Systems Key to Optimized Missile Defense

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Tuesday that interoperability between elements of the ballistic missile defense system seeks to help synchronize and integrate platforms to “provide an optimized, layered missile defense.” “Tactical cross-element communication is critical for warfighter coordination to maximize collaborative …

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