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Space & Missile Defense Report

MDA Tests THAAD And Patriot Interoperability

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Army jointly successfully tested a missile defense tracking exercise the week of April 1 to demonstrate the interoperability between the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot missile defense systems.The April 6 test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., was a simulated engagement of a live short-range Lynx…

Senate OKs Rep. Bridenstine To Lead NASA

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as NASA’s 13th administrator April 19, ending a months-long stalemate over his controversial nomination.The 50-49 party-line vote came a day after the Senate voted, 50-48, to limit debate on the nomination. It also came three days after Vice President Mike Pence, while speaking at the 34th Space Symposium…

Greaves Sees F-35 Helping Missile Defense, Hypersonic Threat Coming From Iran And North Korea

The director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) told Congress the week of April 8 that he sees F-35 aircraft helping aid missile defense activities in the six to seven-year timeframe, albeit mostly for sensor tracking.Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves said he sees deployed systems like the F-35…

DoD’s Griffin Eyes Using Directed Energy For Space-Based Missile Defense

Pentagon technology chief Michael Griffin said April 17 that he wants to field a megawatt-class, directed energy (DE) device in space by the late 2020s to protect the United States against hostile long-range missiles.And “within a few years,” he wants to have a 100-kilowatt-class laser that can be deployed on an Army Stryker vehicle and…

White House Finalizing New Policy On Space Traffic Management

The Trump administration is putting the finishing touches on a new space traffic management policy designed to protect U.S. national security and commercial spacecraft amid growing congestion in space, Vice President Mike Pence announced April 16.The National Space Council, which Pence chairs, will soon send the proposed policy to President Donald Trump for his expected…

Air Force To Launch Communications Relay Satellite

The U.S. Air Force announced April 6 that it plans to launch a new communications-relay satellite as part of a multi-payload mission later in April.The Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) satellite, which is intended for geosynchronous orbit, will continuously relay data from existing military communications satellites to support senior leaders and combatant commanders, Air Force…