Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is a reporter for Inside Defense. For more than two decades -- including stints with Defense News and Armed Forces Journal -- he has covered the Pentagon, defense industry, the military budget, weapon system acquisition and defense policy formulation as well as reporting on technology, business, and global arms trade. Jason has traveled to more than 40 countries, studied medieval history at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and lives in Brooklyn.

Daily News | February 16, 2018

Army leaders are asking Congress to plow $3 billion more than previously forecast into the service's missiles account in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of nearly 140 percent compared to the FY-19 forecast the Pentagon published last year -- with major increases for the Guided Missile Launch Rocket System, Patriot MSE missile, and modifications of Army Tactical Missile System programs.

Daily News | February 14, 2018

The Defense Department is seeking permission from Congress to negotiate a pair of multiyear contracts with Raytheon for Standard Missiles worth nearly $4 billion.

Daily News | February 13, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency is asking Congress for permission to negotiate a five-year contract for Aegis ballistic missile defense interceptors, a potential $1.9 billion deal with Raytheon for Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missiles beginning in fiscal year 2019 the agency estimates would cost $306 million less than if procured annually.

Daily News | February 13, 2018

The Navy is seeking permission from Congress to negotiate a $2 billion, five-year contract to buy Standard Missile-6 interceptors, a deal the service says would avoid $331 million compared to annual purchases. This would be one of two multiyear procurement deals the Pentagon is seeking with Raytheon for Standard Missiles in fiscal year 2019.

The Insider | February 13, 2018

The White House Office and Management and Budget has transmitted a statutorily required report to Congress outlining $54 billion in cuts to defense spending in fiscal year 2019 required by the Budget Control Act -- reductions, however, that are no longer needed in light of the recent two-year budget deal which lifted caps on discretionary spending in FY-18 and FY-19.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency is seeking $9.9 billion in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of more than 20 percent compared to the Trump administration's earlier plans -- signaling concern by policy makers about the growing threat and increasing complexity of long-range missiles from adversaries such as North Korea and a potential new class of ultra-fast, maneuvering weapons from China and Russia.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

The Trump administration is backing the new National Defense Strategy with a 10-year, $7.2 trillion spending forecast -- a boost of more than $1 trillion compared to the most recent Obama plan -- including a near-term drive to propel the Pentagon's annual budget above $700 billion beginning in FY-20, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

The Trump administration today unveiled the outlines of a $686 billion budget for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2019 that includes a $20 billion placeholder for military spending increases set as part of the recent two-year budget deal.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has approved the Standard Missile-3 Block IB for full production, paving the way for the Missile Defense Agency to advance its first proposal to negotiate a multiyear procurement contract.

Daily News | February 08, 2018

The Defense Department is dropping the "ballistic" from the Ballistic Missile Defense Review President Trump asked for last year, a change that reflects the assessment -- set to be released soon -- aims to provide a new policy, strategy and architecture blueprint accounting for a wider array of threats than one released in 2010.

Daily News | February 07, 2018

Senate leaders today broke a political logjam over federal spending, announcing a two-year budget agreement that would raise statutory caps on defense spending for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 by $165 billion, a deal that -- if agreed to by the House and enacted -- would exceed increases for the Pentagon proposed last year by the Trump administration.

Daily News | February 06, 2018

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2019 budget request, set to be sent to Congress next week, will be missing a key figure -- the Defense Department's actual prior-year allocation, a figure that not only provides context for the new proposal but also provides a foundation for the military's latest fiscal plan and accompanying four-year projection.

Daily News | February 01, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency has conceded a major missile defense flight test yesterday in Hawaii failed, a setback for Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IIA development program and potentially the $600 million in orders for the new guided missile interceptor the Pentagon placed last summer.

Daily News | January 31, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Boeing a sole-source, six-year, $6.6 billion contract modification to modernize and sustain the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, extending the company's role managing all aspects of the guided-missile interceptor program until 2023 and raising the potential value of the contract originally awarded in 2011 to $12.6 billion.

Daily News | January 31, 2018

The Defense Department executed a ballistic missile defense flight test over Hawaii today but will not disclose whether the interceptor hit the target.

Daily News | January 30, 2018

The Navy last year began planning for an unmanned Aegis self-defense test ship only after repeated arm-twisting by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, according to a Defense Department report.

Daily News | January 26, 2018

Early testing of the Pentagon's $7 billion replacement program for the Army and Marine Corps' laser- and radar-guided air-launch missiles -- the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) -- has turned up cyber vulnerabilities and difficulty in select situations launching it from the Army's most advanced attack helicopter, the AH-64E Apache.

Daily News | January 25, 2018

The Air Force last year completed a fourth round of upgrades to Boeing's Massive Ordnance Penetrator -- a 30,000-pound bunker-busting bomb designed to hit deeply buried targets -- and established the weapon, the largest conventional explosive in the U.S. military inventory, as a formal program of record, according to a new report.

Daily News | January 24, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency effectively cordoned off salient elements of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system from independent cybersecurity experts attempting to assess its vulnerability during a marquee 2017 flight test, which the Pentagon hailed as a success after intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile-class target, according to a new report.

Daily News | January 23, 2018

Following a year of exploring potential options for a next-generation cruise missile for its ships and submarines, the Navy is not ready to commit to a new acquisition program and instead plans to extend its Next-Generation Land Attack Weapon analysis of alternatives.

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