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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The Insider | August 31, 2021

The Army needs to prepare to "ruthlessly" retire the Patriot and Stinger air defense systems, according to a senior service official who said wholesale replacement of the Cold War systems is needed to modernize the air defense force for emerging threats.

Daily News | August 31, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee this week will take up a proposal to authorize $34 million to reinstate the Missile Defense Agency's role in laser technology development, a provision that, if agreed to, would approve spending on a pair of directed-energy projects that proponents believe have potential to counter ballistic and hypersonic threats.

Daily News | August 27, 2021

The Defense Department is punting on a new statutory requirement to prepare an annual aviation inventory and funding plan aligned with the National Defense Strategy, citing the Biden administration’s deliberate decision to prepare a fiscal year 2022 budget request without the traditional accompanying future year spending plan.

Daily News | August 26, 2021

An influential lawmaker is proposing legislation that -- if enacted -- could establish a new framework for assessing the suitability of the U.S. military’s existing major weapon system inventory for potential future combat operations, directing a review that could reshape the $2 trillion roster of current projects by identifying programs for divestiture that are not keeping pace with emerging threats.

Daily News | August 25, 2021

The Defense Department is spiking plans to provide Congress detailed updates about the status of major weapon system acquisitions -- a nearly $2 trillion portfolio -- advising lawmakers earlier this summer that because the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2022 budget submission is not accompanied by a detailed future-year spending forecast, the Pentagon will not submit any annual Selected Acquisition Reports.

Daily News | August 24, 2021

The Defense Department believes it can increase the inventory of Ground-based Interceptors by integrating existing components with new hardware acquired through the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), giving U.S. commanders more than 44 guided missiles to counter North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Daily News | August 23, 2021

The top military official responsible for defending U.S. and Canadian airspace is lobbying for the two nations to invest in an advanced, next-generation sensor system capable of seeing beyond the horizon and detecting a wide range of threats -- from large bombers to small, unmanned aircraft -- advocacy that is likely to influence future plans to replace NORAD’s centerpiece radar network: the North Warning System (NWS).

Daily News | August 20, 2021

The head of the binational North American Aerospace Defense Command said he is eyeing a “crucial” new ground-based sensor to help defend Washington, DC, from long-range, high-speed, difficult-to-detect Russian cruise missiles that could be used to disrupt strategic decision-making -- or even decapitate U.S. leadership.

Daily News | August 19, 2021

The Marine Corps says it successfully demonstrated its new robotically controlled, ship-killing ground vehicle during Large Scale Exercise 21, launching a pair of cruise missiles from an unmanned tactical vehicle in Hawaii and sinking an at-sea target, a significant development for the service's No. 1 ground vehicle modernization priority.

Daily News | August 18, 2021

The United States and Canada have adopted a new joint framework for modernizing North American Aerospace Defense Command capabilities to defend against advanced Russian and Chinese air- and sea-launched cruise missile threats, a policy step that lays the groundwork for future collaborative investments in new technologies across three broad areas: sensors, command and control, and interceptors.

Daily News | August 16, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has published the second of two new industry competitions planned for the continued sustainment and development of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system: Systems Integration, Test and Readiness (SITR).

Daily News | July 30, 2021

Lawmakers want the Pentagon to draft plans to potentially accelerate upgrades of the Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2) inventory by piggybacking on Saudi Arabia's huge order for missile defense systems, including Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries.

Daily News | July 29, 2021

House lawmakers are directing the Pentagon to continue exploring the potential for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA to be used for homeland defense, tasking the Missile Defense Agency to spearhead a new report on options for development and deployment of the new guided missile to protect the continental United States.

Daily News | July 28, 2021

The head of U.S. Northern Command will brief Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks tomorrow on a new command and control capability demonstrated in three experiments that promise to give leaders improved situational awareness by using commercial cloud computing capabilities, artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to better understand data the U.S. military already owns.

Daily News | July 27, 2021

A House panel is looking to reinstate the Missile Defense Agency's authority to develop lasers -- particularly research and development of a pair of technologies with potential for knocking down ballistic and hypersonic threats -- a move that aims to roll back an internal Pentagon decision two years ago that effectively took such projects away from the agency.

The Insider | July 27, 2021

House lawmakers are proposing legislation that would ratchet up demands for information from the Defense Department on a new 360-degree air and missile defense system for Guam.

Daily News | July 26, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency, in the "most complex" missile defense flight test to date, is claiming partial success only in an attempted intercept of two short-range ballistic missile targets during the terminal phase -- a simulated last-line-of-defense for an aircraft carrier -- marking a second consecutive qualified result for the Standard Missile-6 Dual II variant since May.

Daily News | July 23, 2021

A Senate panel wants better insight into high-level Pentagon missile defense acquisition matters, to block the Missile Defense Agency from long-term ownership of its fledgling Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor project and an independent review of major radars the agency and the Navy are procuring for similar purposes.

Daily News | July 20, 2021

In what a senior military official called a "huge step toward joint interoperability," the Missile Defense Agency last week successfully demonstrated a new technology that could be key to a future 360-degree Guam missile defense capability, "bridging" Army and Navy air and missile defense systems along with Air Force fighter aircraft sensors to collaborate in defeating a cruise-missile target.

Daily News | July 16, 2021

House lawmakers are recommending $75 million for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii program in fiscal year 2022, a key stepping stone in the legislative process to potentially restoring funding for the ballistic missile defense project that the Pentagon two years in a row has attempted to eliminate.

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