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 | July 26, 2023

The Defense Department should consider expanding current national missile defense policy -- which is focused on threats from North Korea and, should Tehran obtain a long-range nuclear capability, Iran -- to also counter a "limited" attack on the United States by Russia or China, the general nominated to oversee homeland missile defense told lawmakers today.

Daily News | July 25, 2023

Next month, the U.S. military will begin bringing online enhanced, dynamic space capabilities that allow select sea- and land-based radars originally designed for ballistic missile defense missions to simultaneously conduct the new task of tracking orbiting objects to help fill gaps in the Space Force's Space Surveillance Network.

Daily News | July 20, 2023

A House lawmaker is effectively blockading Pentagon requests to shift funds between accounts -- denying the U.S. military the ability to use budgetary maneuvers routinely used to finance last-minute, high-priority needs -- in a move that could cripple critical modernization efforts, rotations essential to integrated deterrence strategy in the Indo-Pacific region and more.

Daily News | July 18, 2023

The Navy estimates a key contract to launch the Next Generation Jammer-Low Band into engineering and manufacturing development -- a milestone originally reached in December 2020 but delayed by a series of protests and legal wrangling -- will now be awarded in September.

Daily News | July 14, 2023

An influential Army advisory panel is tackling digital engineering with an eye to reporting on the service's progress in adopting bleeding-edge practices as well as challenges and opportunities in this area in an effort to improve development and procurement of new weapon systems.

Daily News | July 13, 2023

A Space Force project to provide an additional satellite layer needed for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command to better detect North Korean and Chinese missile launches will hit the skids unless Congress allows the Pentagon to shift more than $100 million between accounts to keep the Wide Field of View space vehicles project -- led by RTX, formerly Raytheon Technologies -- on schedule.

Daily News | July 12, 2023

The Pentagon is seeking congressional permission to shift $4 billion between budget accounts as part of an annual reallocation of funds the U.S. military has in hand, revealing a launch failure in the Defense Department's marquee hypersonic weapons project and proposals for eight new-start projects -- including a loitering missile system for the Army.

Daily News | July 11, 2023

Lockheed Martin and the Navy conducted a successful ground test of a prototype datalink that allowed an Army Patriot guided-missile interceptor -- the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement -- to communicate with a Navy SPY-1 radar, validating design of the communication device and clearing the project to advance toward a planned flight test early next year. (UPDATED)

Daily News | July 11, 2023

The Biden administration is balking at a House proposal the executive branch argues could upend two decades of missile defense policy by expanding the limited objective of defending the nation against intercontinental ballistic missile attack from North Korea and Iran to shielding the nation from the massive nuclear arsenals of Russia and China.

Daily News | July 7, 2023

The Army is kicking off an "urgent" acquisition effort to give dismounted infantry a new tank-killing capability: a man-portable, tube-launched, kamikaze uncrewed aircraft called the Low Altitude Stalking and Strike Ordnance (LASSO) program -- the latest indication of how the Russia-Ukraine war is changing modern combat.

Daily News | July 6, 2023

The Defense Department's proposal to begin a new project called Large Scale Global Exercise passed muster with a key House panel that has agreed to fund the effort in fiscal year 2024 as part of the Joint Staff's portfolio of projects to replicate complex and changing operational environments during training.

Daily News | July 5, 2023

House lawmakers have approved a Pentagon request to launch a new-start program in fiscal year 2024 that aims to allow combatant commanders to integrate "exquisite capabilities" into their global campaigns to counter weapons of mass destruction.

Daily News | June 30, 2023

The State Department has approved for export to Poland a potential $15 billion package of air-defense capabilities that -- if completed as a final sale -- would give the NATO nation the most advanced package of radar and guided missiles, paired with a previously acquired command and control capability, available to ground forces in the U.S. inventory.

Daily News | June 29, 2023

An off-budget proposal to accelerate improved capability development of a northern-facing Over the Horizon Radar remains a possibility after House lawmakers authorized a $20 million increase to the Air Force’s fiscal year 2024 budget to buy an additional testbed in support of a U.S. Northern Command unfunded priority.

Daily News | June 28, 2023

The Army has confirmed full operational capability for the Mid-Range Capability after launching a Tomahawk cruise missile, capping a nearly three-year project to mitigate an “extremely high-risk capability gap” by fielding a prototype, land-based system armed with Navy precision-strike weapons to give the ground force formidable ship-sinking capability.

Daily News | June 27, 2023

House lawmakers want the Pentagon to explore the potential for short pulse lasers to counter maneuvering hypersonic missiles, proposing a $6 million addition in fiscal year 2024 for the Missile Defense Agency to expand its work on the novel directed-energy technology.

Daily News | June 22, 2023

The Defense Department would like to field a string of passive radars in remote locations well north of the Arctic Circle as part of an effort -- details of which were previously classified -- to extend the sensor reach of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command to feed alerts as well as actionable information to U.S. and Canadian military leaders.

Daily News | June 20, 2023

House lawmakers are recommending a 25% cut in the Navy's initial hypersonic strike missile procurement plan, citing concerns with increasing risk in the project caused by test failures and schedule delays, imposing a reduction that appears to decrease the Pentagon's proposed fiscal year 2024 acquisition of eight Conventional Prompt Strike rounds to six.

Daily News | June 16, 2023

The project to explore expanding the mission of Aegis Ashore sites in Europe to defend against Russian threats would inch forward if legislation proposed by a House panel -- which calls for the Pentagon to report on feasibility and advisability of such a change -- becomes law.

Daily News | June 15, 2023

Lawmakers are skeptical of the Pentagon's latest radar plan to help protect Hawaii from missile attack, noting the fiscal year 2024 budget plan would halt funding for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii project while also seeking permission to start a new sensor project that doesn't integrate into the U.S. military's wider missile defense sensor architecture.

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