Congress Pushes Development of Space-Based and Boost Phase Missile Defense Capabilities

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

North Korea Missile Launch. Source: Korean News Agency via Reuters

The U.S. Congress continues to push the Department of Defense to develop new missile defense technologies, but it remains to be seen if some of these efforts will come to fruition.  In particular, the FY19 defense authorization bill recently signed into law calls for developing a new space-based missile defense layer and a boost phase intercept capability.  Last year’s FY18 defense authorization bill also included provisions for space-based and boost phase missile defense, if consistent with the Ballistic Missile Defense Review.  The new FY19 authorization bill essentially reworks those original provisions, and calls for the development of these technologies subject to the availability of appropriations.  Continue reading

Will Iranian Nuclear Deal Mean the End of SM-3 Ashore?

by Larry Dickerson, Missile Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Lockheed Martin is working to develop a shored-based version of AEGIS for use with the SM-3 interceptor as part of a missile defense shield.

Lockheed Martin is working to develop a shored-based version of AEGIS for use with the SM-3 interceptor as part of a missile defense shield.

Russian officials are claiming the Iranian nuclear deal with the international community negates the need for U.S.-sponsored missile defenses in Europe.  The United States and its European allies are building a limited missile defense shield on the continent.  Russia is very opposed to this plan. Continue reading