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.

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Daily News | October 18, 2019

The Army is forging gun tubes and readying initial contracts for a new system intended to operate with the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon in the opening salvos of a major fight against a near-peer military force. The Strategic Long Range Cannon is a prototype mega-cannon envisioned to fire rounds hundreds of miles at high-priority enemy radar and air-defense sites, namely those of Russia and China.

Daily News | October 16, 2019

The Army has selected Raytheon to build the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, handing defeat to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman who had hoped to oust the incumbent Patriot radar builder.

Daily News | October 15, 2019

The Army has picked a winner in the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program -- a contest between Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to replace the Patriot radar -- but will not identify the company yet because the service is in "active negotiations" to finalize contract terms, according to a senior official.

Daily News | October 14, 2019

The Army's fiscal year 2021 budget will propose realigning $10 billion in investments across the Pentagon's new five-year spending plan to pump additional resources into 31 so-called "signature systems" that underpin the service's modernization plan.

Daily News | October 11, 2019

The Army estimates the Bradley replacement program will cost $45 billion to develop and procure, a tally that assumes at least two defense contractors would submit bids for the rapid prototyping phase of the competition for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.

Daily News | October 10, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency is looking into the early 2020s and thinking about how best to structure future contracts to manage the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, contemplating whether to bundle end-to-end development and sustainment of the interceptor fleet into a single deal or break it up into a package of smaller competitive contracts.

Daily News | October 9, 2019

Raytheon executives are optimistic about concluding negotiations with the Defense Department for multiyear procurement of Standard Missiles worth more than $3.5 billion, bolstered by a recent handshake agreement with the Navy for a five-year block buy of the SM-6 and continuing discussion with the Missile Defense Agency for SM-3 Block IB purchases across a similar term.

Daily News | October 8, 2019

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has cleared the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program, in co-development since 2006 with Japan, for transition to production -- signaling confidence in the interceptor after early flight-test challenges and setting the stage for the rollout of a major operational enhancement to the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Daily News | October 4, 2019

Raytheon is “very confident” the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA -- a new ballistic missile interceptor developed with Japan to defeat medium- and intermediate-range threats -- can also knock down intercontinental ballistic missiles, delivering Washington and Tokyo more than they originally bargained for.

Daily News | October 3, 2019

The tab to identify U.S. suppliers to replace Turkish companies providing parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program could be as much as three times the amount Ankara contributed to the development of the new weapon system, more than washing out any financial benefit associated with Turkey's early role in the program.

Daily News | October 2, 2019

A Pentagon decision to transition the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor from development to production is "imminent," according to a Raytheon executive, a milestone that could allow the ballistic missile defense project to tap more than $450 million in production orders that have been on ice pending resolution of technical questions by Defense Department brass about the new interceptor.

Daily News | October 1, 2019

In the latest move to field an industry team to support efforts to rapidly prototype a ground-launched hypersonic glide vehicle, the Army has selected General Atomics to support flight test execution of the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon. (UPDATED)

Daily News | September 26, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency plans to release an updated version of a draft solicitation for a Next Generation Interceptor on Oct. 1, a revision of the preliminary request circulated to industry weeks ago as part of a rapid effort by the Pentagon to reboot the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program after terminating the Redesigned Kill Vehicle last month.

Daily News | September 26, 2019

The Defense Department's inspector general is planning this month to begin auditing hypersonic weapons research and development projects, a move that comes after Pentagon leaders announced plans to nearly double spending over the next five years on the new class of ultrafast weapons -- both offensive and defensive -- to more than $11 billion.

Daily News | September 25, 2019

The Army has selected Lockheed Martin for an estimated $3 billion project to replace every Sentinel A3 radar variant in the inventory with upgraded A4s to improve the service's defenses against low-flying unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles and helicopters, beating out Raytheon and a third bidder.

Daily News | September 25, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is being directed by Congress to promptly weigh in on the future of the Strategic Capabilities Office which this summer was effectively folded into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a move that former Defense Secretary Ash Carter says subverts the original intent of the SCO to solve "immediate battlefield problems."

Daily News | September 24, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has raised the potential value of Raytheon's work improving the X-band sensor portfolio to nearly $1 billion, tacking on a $500 million modification yesterday to a 2017 contract to bolster key Ballistic Missile Defense System radars, including the Sea Based X-Band and the Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance Control Model-2.

Daily News | September 23, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency selected Northrop Grumman as the winner of a $1.1 billion deal to supply sub-scale targets with simple and complex reentry vehicles. The contractor defeated Lockheed Martin in the two-way race to modernize a portion of the Defense Department's portfolio of targets and countermeasures used to test the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Daily News | September 19, 2019

The collapse of a planned $661 million Air Force and Missile Defense Agency project to develop an air-launched, guided missile interceptor that promised to chase down and destroy enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles immediately after launch was a "spectacular learning event" and a "good failure," according to a senior Pentagon official.

Daily News | September 19, 2019

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works says it demonstrated a technical innovation that could help the U.S. military unlock the potential for widespread information sharing across the armed services during a test event involving a ballistic missile target, an F-35 and a surrogate aircraft equipped with a unique payload.

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