The United States is on the verge of making a profound strategic mistake. The nation is preparing to spend $85 billion replacing working nuclear-armed Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles with a new “Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.” Like the old missiles, the new arsenal will consist of silo-based rockets with nuclear warheads.
The Air Force will begin a sole-source negotiation with Northrop Grumman in anticipation of a GBSD contract.
Smith said he offered to help Boeing but the company wasn't interested.
Boeing is asking the government to force a teaming arrangement with Northrop Grumman for the GBSD program.
The addition of Aerojet to Northrop’s team guarantees that the nation’s only two manufacturers of large solid rocket motors will be part of the GBSD program.
Boeing and Northrop Grumman submitted "trade studies” to help the Air Force draft GBSD program requirements.
Protecting satellites and signals from jamming or hacking is taking on outsized importance in nuclear forces modernization.
One concern is what implications this merger could have in ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. Orbital ATK is one of two key suppliers of rocket motors that would power future ICBMs.
Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems will not protest the U.S. Air Force’s decision to move ahead with teams led by Boeing and Northrop Grumman for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program to replace Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).