Defense officials have been sounding alarms about what they describe as a glaring national security vulnerability — a new class of ultrafast weapons being developed by China and Russia that would overpower U.S. missile defenses.
Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin said current defenses only work against ballistic missiles but not hypersonic gliders. “We can’t hit a target we cannot see coming."
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The Pentagon's Joint Oversight Requirements Council will be briefed this fall on potential solutions to a major national security vulnerability: hypersonic weapons that fly into space at supersonic speeds and descend back down to Earth directly on top of targets.
Griffin: Hypersonic defense is not a mission that can be done realistically from the ground or the oceans.
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These are uncertain times for many of the agencies and offices in the military-space-industrial landscape.
The Pentagon hopes to have funding approved possibly next year to begin work on a network of missile-watching satellites.
Amid tensions in Asia-Pacific, State Dept. calls attention to big-ticket sales of U.S. missiles, aircraft to Japan, South Korea
From 2000 to 2017, the U.S. government contracted more than $26 billion in foreign military sales to the Republic of Korea, including advanced combat aircraft and missile defense systems.
The utility of space sensors has been studied for decades so the Pentagon has plenty of data to draw from.
The hand-wringing continues at the Pentagon over how to respond to Chinese and Russian missile advances.
CSIS study: A space-based missile defense is impractical and ineffective to protect the United States and its allies.
Thornberry cautioned the budget impasse will keep the Air Force from acquiring additional Space-Based Infrared Warning System satellites, known as SBIRS.
The Senate and the House approved a $440 million funding boost for the Pentagon’s missile-defense program.
The latest North Korean missile tests come at time when the U.S. defensive shield is weakened, missile-defense analysts say, by this summer’s loss of a pair of warships specially outfitted for ballistic-missile defense.
In a 1,300-word letter addressed to Poroshenko Tuesday, the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov laid out his government’s defense against a controversial New York Times story published last week.
In the days that followed Monday’s report in The New York Times that North Korea may have illicitly procured advanced Soviet-era rocket engines from Ukraine, the response out of the post-Soviet nation could best be described as trolling.