U.S. House Passes FY19 Defense Authorization Bill

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

E-8C JSTARS Radar aircraft

The House Armed Services Committee wants the Air Force to restart the E-8C JSTARS Recapitalization program.
Source: U.S. Air Force

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its version of the FY19 defense authorization bill by a vote of 351-66.  The bill supports a Pentagon base budget of $639.1 billion, which complies with the two-year budget deal agreed upon earlier this year that amended national security spending caps in FY18 and FY19.  This base spending includes $617.1 billion for the Pentagon, $21.8 billion for nuclear programs in the Department of Energy, and $214 million for other defense-related activities.  The bill recommends $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), matching the request, for a total of $708.1 billion in discretionary defense spending in FY19.  Continue reading

Homeland Missile Defenses Remain Too Limited ~ Report

Pamela Hurt, Forecast International.

GMD FTG-05 takes off in 2008 prior to a successful intercept test. Source: Missile Defense Agency

At an April 7th launch of a new report entitled, “Missile Defense 2020: Next Steps for Defending the Homeland,”[i] lead author Thomas Karako, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, offered four types of development likely to protect the U.S. homeland most effectively in the near term. Continue reading

U.S. Army Wants THAAD TPY-2 Radar’s Eyes on Asia but Doesn’t Want to Disturb the Neighborhood

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

TPY-2 THAAD Ground Based Radar

TPY-2 THAAD Ground Based Radar.   Source – Missile Defense Agency.

In a March 22 teleconference call, Lt. Gen. David Mann of the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command said that the service is looking to satisfy requests from field commanders while retaining enough Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries and associated TPY-2 radars at home.  He revealed that the Army will have five THAAD systems (inclusive of the radars) fielded and ready for operation by the end of the year, and will have two more funded in a midterm program.  The end goal is nine total batteries. Continue reading