Pentagon Delays Plans to Seek Multiyear Funding for Missile Interceptor

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
Global Security Newswire Staff
April 22, 2014, 8:01 a.m.

The Pentagon is post­pon­ing plans to re­quest con­gres­sion­al ap­prov­al for a mul­ti­year pro­duc­tion con­tract for a new mis­sile in­ten­ded for field­ing in Ro­mania.

The Stand­ard Mis­sile 3 Block 1B is slated to be de­ployed in Ro­mania next year as part of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “phased ad­apt­ive ap­proach” for European mis­sile de­fense. Ad­di­tion­ally, sea-based vari­ants of the in­ter­cept­or, which is de­signed to counter short- and me­di­um-range bal­list­ic mis­siles, are to be fielded on war­ships based in the Medi­ter­ranean.

However, the De­fense De­part­ment’s Mis­sile De­fense Agency has de­term­ined the an­ti­mis­sile tech­no­logy has not yet ful­filled all of the re­quire­ments to war­rant a mul­ti­year pro­duc­tion or­der worth $3 bil­lion to pro­du­cer Ray­theon, In­side De­fense re­por­ted on Fri­day.

MDA spokes­man Rick Lehner, in an email to the news­let­ter, said the agency still needs to show evid­ence of a con­sist­ent need for the an­ti­mis­sile tech­no­logy, a stable design, re­li­able fund­ing, a real­ist­ic price pro­jec­tion and the prob­ab­il­ity of sig­ni­fic­ant sav­ings com­pared to a yearly ac­quis­i­tion or­der.

The Pentagon is de­fer­ring un­til fisc­al 2016 any ef­fort to seek con­gres­sion­al au­thor­iz­a­tion for a mul­ti­year con­tract on the in­ter­cept­or, ac­cord­ing to In­side De­fense.

Con­gress’ watch­dog or­gan­iz­a­tion in a re­port is­sued earli­er this month re­com­men­ded the Mis­sile De­fense Agency hold off on or­der­ing full pro­duc­tion of the mis­sile un­til a de­cision is made about needed modi­fic­a­tions to the sys­tem’s hard­ware or soft­ware and un­til any design changes have been proven through test­ing. The Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­ab­il­ity Of­fice re­com­mend­a­tion fol­lowed an in­ter­cept tri­al last Septem­ber in which one of the launched Block 1B mis­siles failed to per­form for reas­ons not yet dis­closed.

Some funds planned to pur­chase Block 1B sys­tems between fisc­al 2015 and fisc­al 2019 have been shif­ted to oth­er MDA ini­ti­at­ives. This was due to con­gres­sion­ally man­dated se­quest­ra­tion cuts, which res­ul­ted in a “re­align­ment of funds to high­er pri­or­ity bal­list­ic mis­sile de­fense sys­tem” activ­it­ies, Lehner said.

The De­fense De­part­ment an­ti­cip­ates field­ing 100 Block 1B in­ter­cept­ors as part of the second phase of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s European mis­sile de­fense ini­ti­at­ive. Amid con­cerns about the pos­sib­il­ity of new Rus­si­an in­cur­sions against East­ern European coun­tries, the tim­ing of de­ploy­ment of U.S. an­ti­mis­sile sys­tems on the con­tin­ent has taken on re­newed geo­pol­it­ic­al prom­in­ence.

What We're Following See More »
CITES CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Lieberman Withdraws from Consideration for FBI Job
3 days ago
THE LATEST
MINIMUM 2 PERCENT GDP
Trump Tells NATO Countries To Pay Up
3 days ago
BREAKING
MANAFORT AND FLYNN
Russians Discussed Influencing Trump Through Aides
3 days ago
THE DETAILS

"American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers." The conversations centered around Paul Manafort, who was campaign chairman at the time, and Michael Flynn, former national security adviser and then a close campaign surrogate. Both men have been tied heavily with Russia and Flynn is currently at the center of the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Source:
BUT WHITE HOUSE MAY USE AGAINST HIM ANYWAY
Ethics Cops Clear Mueller to Work on Trump Case
5 days ago
THE LATEST

"Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by U.S. Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee an investigation into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia." Some had speculated that the White House would use "an ethics rule limiting government attorneys from investigating people their former law firm represented" to trip up Mueller's appointment. Jared Kushner is a client of Mueller's firm, WilmerHale. "Although Mueller has now been cleared by the Justice Department, the White House may still use his former law firm's connection to Manafort and Kushner to undermine the findings of his investigation, according to two sources close to the White House."

Source:
BUSINESSES CAN’T PLEAD FIFTH
Senate Intel to Subpoena Two of Flynn’s Businesses
5 days ago
THE LATEST

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-VA) will subpoena two businesses owned by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Burr said, "We would like to hear from General Flynn. We'd like to see his documents. We'd like him to tell his story because he publicly said he had a story to tell."

×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login