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).