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Missile Defense Agency Shaping Strategy to Meet Evolving Challenges

Missile Defense Agency Shaping Strategy to Meet Evolving Challenges

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Kauai, Hawaii, successfully conducted Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03) in 2018. MDA Photo

The Missile Defense Agency is working to up its game to meet new challenges posed by the next generation of precision-guided weapons the agency’s director said on Monday.

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Pentagon Shifts Focus on Directed Energy Weapons Technology

Pentagon Shifts Focus on Directed Energy Weapons Technology

Artist’s concept of a HELIOS laser system aboard a U.S. destroyer. Lockheed Martin Image

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Department of Defense is focusing its directed energy weapons research on technologies ready to field now, placing on the backburner plans to create more complex space-based technology, the Pentagon’s head of research said on Wednesday.

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Panel: U.S. Must Invest More in Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense

Panel: U.S. Must Invest More in Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense

A target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii during Flight Test Standard Missile-45. USS John Finn (DDG-113) detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system. US Navy Photo

Rebuilding a U.S. integrated air and missile defense capability, slashed to the bone by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, will not be easy, three former directors of the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO) said on Monday. Read More

Japanese Navy Successfully Tests Latest Aegis BMD Upgrade from Destroyer JS Atago

Japanese Navy Successfully Tests Latest Aegis BMD Upgrade from Destroyer JS Atago

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. US Navy photo.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) demonstrated Japan’s sea-based ballistic missile defense capability, when destroyer JS Atago (DDG-177) intercepted a missile target off the coast of Hawaii this week. Read More

Ambassador: Aegis Ashore Program Focused on Rogue States, Not Russia

Ambassador: Aegis Ashore Program Focused on Rogue States, Not Russia

Romanian Aegis Ashore site. U.S. Missile Defense Agency Photo

With Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense systems set to operate in Poland by the end of the year and currently active in Romania, all NATO members will be covered against Iran and North Korea’s ballistic missile threats, the Romanian ambassador to the U.S. said on Wednesday. Read More

Some Clues Emerge On New Pentagon Ballistic Missile Defense Review

Some Clues Emerge On New Pentagon Ballistic Missile Defense Review

U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 2017. MDA Photo

In a year packed full of new strategic reviews being pushed out by the Pentagon, yet another new document is on the way.

While the Ballistic Missile Defense Review — expected to be released in the coming days — is the last of several reviews to emerge from the Pentagon over the past two months, in many ways it might have the most immediate effect, analysts say. Read More

Missile Defense Agency Looking to Intercept Ballistic Targets Earlier During Boost Phase

Missile Defense Agency Looking to Intercept Ballistic Targets Earlier During Boost Phase

U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Taking out incoming missiles during the boost phase – the period just after launch – is something the military’s missile defense leadership is confident will occur in the not too distant future.

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VIDEO: Navy, Missile Defense Agency Succeed During SM-6 Ballistic Missile Defense Test

VIDEO: Navy, Missile Defense Agency Succeed During SM-6 Ballistic Missile Defense Test

A medium-range ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, during Flight Test Standard Missile-27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2) on Aug. 29 (HST). MDA Photo

Two missiles launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) bullseyed a complex medium-range ballistic missile target in a successful test off Hawaii, the Missile Defense Agency announced on Wednesday. Read More