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 | 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.

Daily News | July 15, 2021

The Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System today successfully completed its sixth and final developmental test -- countering a pair of cruise missile targets today at White Sands Missile Range, NM -- setting the stage for the $7.9 billion program to proceed with initial operational testing this fall.

Daily News | July 14, 2021

House appropriators have stripped proposed funding for a layered homeland defense from their mark of the fiscal year 2022 military spending bill, a move that -- if enacted -- would relegate to the backburner plans for utilizing the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems to backstop the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System.

Daily News | July 13, 2021

House appropriators declined to fully fund the Defense Department's proposal for a yet-to-be-defined Guam Defense System, gutting the procurement request and trimming development spending for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's No. 1 modernization priority because the Pentagon has not addressed lawmakers' questions about the new capability.

Daily News | July 12, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency last month put a pair of nanosatellites -- each about the size of a loaf of bread -- on orbit as part of a prototype demonstration of networked radio communications and tied to a new and advanced technology risk-reduction project linked to the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program.

Daily News | July 8, 2021

The Pentagon shop that oversees testing and evaluation of all new major weapon systems is realigning its internal structure in a bid to "better posture" the organization and the Defense Department "to address current and future needs," according to a senior official.

Daily News | July 7, 2021

The Defense Department is looking to immediately jump-start a new program to defeat small, unmanned aircraft systems in the wake of a call by Pentagon top brass last fall for a more coordinated U.S. military effort to defeat commercially available systems that pose a "growing" threat to U.S. forces both at home and abroad.

Daily News | July 2, 2021

The Pentagon is seeking congressional permission to shift $4.4 billion among budget accounts to launch eight new-start projects, including an immediate down payment on a $2 billion bulk buy of microprocessors -- critical to the Air Force Military GPS User Equipment Program -- before the sole production line shuts down.

Daily News | June 30, 2021

The Defense Department is asking Congress to temporarily lift a statutory ban on buying used foreign ships in fiscal year 2022 to jumpstart reserve sealift fleet modernization plans, allowing DOD to execute a four-year, $1.4 billion plan to buy 16 roll-on/roll-off commercial vessels.

Daily News | June 28, 2021

The Pentagon is eyeing a next-generation Ballistic Missile Defense System that adds directed-energy weapons to its arsenal, including a potential high-powered airborne laser to defeat long-range adversary rockets during the boost phase of flight, according to a senior military official.

Daily News | June 25, 2021

Funding for U.S. missile defense programs is not expected to be raided to finance Israel's $1 billion request to replenish munitions -- including Iron Dome interceptors -- expended during hostilities with Palestinian armed groups in May, according to a senior U.S. military official.

Daily News | June 24, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency plans by the end of the summer to select two companies to draw up competing approaches for developing a Glide Phase Interceptor -- a new Aegis-compatible missile -- as part of a Pentagon plan to accelerate fielding within the decade of a capability to defeat adversary hypersonic glide vehicles during the regional phase of flight.

Daily News | June 22, 2021

The U.S. military has readied for launch this week four small satellites and a payload designed to validate technologies pivotal to a new National Defense Space Architecture underpinned by a future proliferated low-earth orbit constellation, new capabilities that will experiment with space-based laser communications as well as battle management and target custody. (UPDATED)

Daily News | June 22, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is putting the final touches on potential architectures for a new Guam missile defense system, a report that is designed to give Pentagon leaders "maximum" options in deciding how to assemble a 360-degree defense of the western U.S. territory by 2026 against advanced Chinese cruise, ballistic and maneuvering hypersonic weapons -- a capability the agency's director says is likely to be a "hybrid" of currently fielded systems.

Daily News | June 21, 2021

The Defense Department -- in a sign of confidence in the operational potential of its fledgling KC-46 tanker fleet, despite serious deficiencies -- is asking Congress to rescind statutory limitations on retiring older aircraft in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to accelerate the Air Force's future force design and avoid $845 million in additional costs to extend the service life of aging KC-10A and KC-135s.

Daily News | June 17, 2021

In a landmark achievement for cooperative engagement, a Dutch frigate participating in a multinational missile defense demonstration in the North Atlantic detected a medium-range ballistic missile target and passed the cueing information to a U.S. destroyer, which then calculated an intercept solution and launched a guided-missile to successfully stop the target -- the first-ever integration of a non-U.S. sensor into the ballistic missile defense kill chain.

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