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 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.

Daily News | June 16, 2021

The Army plans by 2023 to give all Patriot air defense units a new capability being readied for fielding this summer to troops in South Korea that enhances integration of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system with Patriot for improved ballistic missile defenses in response to North Korea's 2017 long-range rocket technology advances.

Daily News | June 15, 2021

The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian has approved for operational use the first batch of manufactured Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors, setting the stage for the Missile Defense Agency to issue a technical declaration of improved defenses against Iranian threats for U.S. forces in Europe and NATO allies.

Daily News | June 11, 2021

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is seeking full funding in fiscal year 2022 for a new Guam missile defense system -- arguing the project requires an additional $231.7 million beyond the Missile Defense Agency's request of $118.3 million -- as well as advocating for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, which MDA declined to resource in its annual spending request for a second consecutive year.

Daily News | June 10, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $367 million wish list to finance eight projects above and beyond the agency's $8.9 billion fiscal year 2022 budget request, additional undertakings that -- if funded -- would increase Standard Missile-3 Block IIA and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor procurement, hypersonic defense funding and support a project to better defend the National Capital Region from cruise missile attack.

Daily News | June 9, 2021

The Pentagon is readying to launch in the next couple of weeks an examination of the mix of missile defense capabilities the Biden administration believes the U.S. military requires, but it's not clear yet whether the final product will be a stand-alone volume or folded into a larger defense strategic assessment, a senior official told lawmakers today.

Daily News | June 9, 2021

The head of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command has outlined for Congress a trio of unfunded fiscal year 2022 elevated sensor projects aimed at improving the U.S. and Canada's ability to defend domestic targets against advanced Russian and Chinese subsonic and hypersonic cruise missiles as well as maritime surface threats.

Daily News | June 8, 2021

The Navy is planning to outfit each of its three DDG-1000 destroyers with a dozen long-range hypersonic strike missiles, eyeing a new cold-launch system for the Zumwalt-class ship as part of a new plan to arm by 2025 a surface ship rather than a nuclear-powered guided missile submarine with the Conventional Prompt Strike weapon.

Daily News | June 4, 2021

The Defense Department is exploring the feasibility of stitching together the Navy's Aegis weapon system and the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense System with the Missile Defense Agency's Command and Control, Battle Management and Communication system to protect Guam from advanced Chinese missile threats.

Daily News | June 3, 2021

The Biden administration is proposing a fiscal year 2022 budget that would accelerate hypersonic weapon technology projects, endorsing a plan crafted during the Trump administration that includes establishing two new-start hypersonic cruise missile programs -- one in the Air Force, one in the Navy -- to complement current Pentagon boost-glide vehicle projects in an effort to field an entire family of ultra-fast, maneuvering strike and counter-strike capabilities this decade.

Daily News | June 2, 2021

The Army is proposing $300 million in fiscal year 2022 for the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon development effort, a 40% reduction compared to $526 million the service previously projected it would require in FY-22.

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