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Pacific Rim's Shot at Harmony

October 8, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

PACOM has the overarching responsibility for ensuring security in the Asia-Pacific region. The organization's commander offers that if PACOM can get its five focus areas right, it will have achieved its goals and enable it to focus on other challenges. What's the ideal future scenario? Read the complete interview and share your input.

Northrop Grumman to Develop Electric Laser Technology

October 6, 2010
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems, Redondo Beach, California, was recently awarded a nearly $9 million research and development contract for the Robust Electric Laser Initiative (RELI). The focus of RELI is to improve the current state of the art of electric lasers. U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Contracting and Acquisition Management Office, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Supports Missile Defense Agency AN/TPY-2 Radar Flight and Ground Testing

September 3, 2010
By George Seffers

The Missile Defense Agency recently announced the award of a contract modification valued at more than $22 million to Raytheon Company Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts. Raytheon will continue to provide support services for AN/TPY-2 radar flight and ground testing. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

ITT Receives $22 Million Missile Defense Contract Modification

September 3, 2010
By George Seffers

ITT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $22 million contract modification to provide system engineering integration and sustainment of ground-based missile warning, missile defense and space surveillance sensors.  U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

Booz Allen Hamilton Awarded Missile Warning Analysis Contract

August 30, 2010
By George Seffers

Booz Allen Hamilton, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a nearly $20 million contract to provide Space Command missile warning/missile defense survivability/vulnerability requirements analysis. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

Laser Defense Outlook Brightens

March 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

The dream of zapping incoming missiles traveling at supersonic speeds into nonexistence is becoming closer to reality as laser science transitions from the laboratory to the field. Research into several different laser technologies is bearing fruit, and soon warfighters and civilians may be protected from threats as simple as mortar rounds or as complex as nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Japan Acquires Missile Defense Shield

March 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

A key Pacific ally of the United States has become the first foreign nation to field a sea-based ballistic missile interception system. The technology is a modification of the Aegis air defense weapons system designed to track and destroy short- and intermediate-range missiles. This capability permits Japanese warships to defend their island nation from attack by neighboring states.

The Changing Nature of Missile Defense

March 1, 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

Antimissile capabilities have advanced far beyond the brute-force systems of the 1960s or the science-fictionesque concepts of the 1980s. Decades of research are paying off as effective systems are moving into the field. Once-exotic technologies are poised to change the balance of power between rogue nations exploiting ballistic missile proliferation and the democracies they threaten with missile attack.


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