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 | December 14, 2018

Military facilities responsible for protecting Ballistic Missile Defense System technical information did not pass muster, according to a Defense Department inspector general audit that identified more than half-a-dozen security shortfalls on classified networks critical to the $180 billion program to develop and field a defense against Iranian and North Korean long-range rockets.

Daily News | December 13, 2018

The Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a potential $450 million deal to modernize the Defense Department's inventory of mobile air-defense threat simulators to prepare pilots -- including operators of the fledgling F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet -- to recognize and counter advanced enemy missile and artillery threats.

Daily News | December 12, 2018

Five companies -- three U.S. contractors and two foreign firms -- responded to the Army's industry day invitation and the chance to compete in the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program's "Sense-Off" event, a contest to rival the LTAMDS program of record -- allowing new players the opportunity to nab production of the expected multibillion-dollar Patriot radar replacement.

Daily News | December 11, 2018

MOORESTOWN, NJ -- The Missile Defense Agency could select a winner in the $1 billion program to design and deliver a new ground-based, ballistic missile defense radar to better defend Hawaii from North Korean threats, one of the three competitors for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii program said here.

Daily News | December 11, 2018

The Pentagon's newest Aegis ballistic missile interceptor -- the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA -- intercepted a target in a key operational test over the Pacific today, a pivotal event that caps a 12-year development, sets the stage for a technical declaration of improved defenses against Iranian threats and also makes way for a long-delayed production decision.

Daily News | December 06, 2018

U.S. Central Command, in response to a Pentagon directive earlier this year, has proposed a plan to "recalibrate" the U.S. military presence in the Middle East in accordance with the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy, a plan that will reduce force posture in the region in order to direct resources to high-priority areas around the world.

Daily News | December 06, 2018

The Defense Department is contemplating a new program to allow private companies to provide aerial refueling services to military aircraft, an effort that would relieve the strain on up to 30,000 hours of unmet annual tanker needs and give defense contractors a linchpin operational role in the U.S. military's unique ability to project power around the world.

Daily News | December 05, 2018

The Navy last week plunked down an additional $28.5 million to expand development of a new hypersonic booster for a submarine-launched, Intermediate-Range Conventional Prompt Strike prototype weapon -- exercising an option with prime contractor Lockheed Martin that allocates the largest portion of spending to date to a subcontractor.

Daily News | December 04, 2018

Airbus, eyeing a growing need for aerial refueling service by the U.S. military, is teaming up with Lockheed Martin to offer the Pentagon the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport as a fee-for-service aircraft and potential purchase -- a third attempt by the European company over the last decade to win a piece of the Air Force tanker business in a move that could squeeze Boeing.

Daily News | November 30, 2018

The Air Force is contemplating development of a new intelligence enterprise for target location and identification impervious to both kinetic and non-kinetic threats, which experts believe could eventually render today's sensor and command-and-control architecture -- technology that ushered in the age of precision-munition warfare a generation ago -- obsolete.

The Insider | November 28, 2018

Northrop Grumman today announced it is teaming with Harris Corp. and Comtech PST for the Next Generation Jammer-Low Band Demonstration of Existing Technologies competition, a new rapid-acquisition effort to field the second increment of the 21st-century airborne jammer by 2024.

Daily News | November 28, 2018

The Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a $1.7 billion contract to produce more than 6,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and more than 22,000 associated vehicle kits -- the largest single order to date for the program that partially consolidates purchases for vehicles Congress funded over three years.

Daily News | November 27, 2018

The Air Force should "substantially refocus" investments in its $2.6 billion science and technology portfolio to maintain  -- and in some cases regain -- technological advantage against potential adversaries, as well as develop new technologies needed to prevail in conflicts in the 2030s, according to a new advisory panel study.

Daily News | November 26, 2018

The Navy is turning to its trusted supplier for submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles -- Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, CA, business unit -- to design, develop, build and integrate large rocket motors and missile bodies to support test flights of the service's hypersonic boost-glide vehicle program.

Daily News | November 21, 2018

The Navy plans to use rapid prototyping and fielding acquisition authorities to develop and deliver a Next Generation Jammer-Low Band system, setting a 2024 target for the first operational pod on an EA-18G Growler -- a goal that requires setting a program baseline in July.

Daily News | November 20, 2018

The Office of Naval Research plans to award contracts by the end of December for the next-generation replacement of the Marine Corps' Light Armed Vehicle fleet and is considering industry proposals submitted this week that aim to inform requirements for an estimated $3 billion Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle program.

Daily News | November 19, 2018

The Defense Department has been forced to absorb nearly $540 billion in reductions to date from statutory spending caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act, including a $200 billion cut to its weapons modernization account.

Daily News | November 16, 2018

Reliance on the Army's Patriot system to defend a forward U.S. base against a one-minute, missile-salvo attack from China or Russia would cost nearly one quarter of a billion dollars, a sum that requires the Pentagon to consider new operational concepts and a new generation of “cost-effective” defenses to harden U.S. positions against such attacks.

Daily News | November 15, 2018

The defense secretary should make good on long-standing plans for the Missile Defense Agency to transfer acquisition responsibility for mature missile defense programs to the relevant military services that operate the system, an independent defense commission recommends.

Daily News | November 14, 2018

Northrop Grumman, the U.S. radar-building powerhouse dropped last month by the Army from its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program, will jump back in the multibillion dollar competition to build a Patriot radar replacement by participating in a radar “sense-off” event next year, setting up at least a three-way contest next spring.

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