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 | 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.

Daily News | June 14, 2023

The United States, Japan and potentially other nations could formally begin collaborative development on the Glide Phase Interceptor as soon as the fiscal year 2024 defense policy bill is enacted if a proposed single-sentence provision in that legislation becomes law, a sign of support in Congress for a joint effort to develop a next-generation Aegis guided missile.

Daily News | June 13, 2023

Lawmakers want a formal exploration of extending the Next Generation Interceptor competition, delaying any source selection from 2025 until Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman fly prototypes -- a move that could add at least two years to the contest and set the stage for tandem production of a much larger NGI acquisition than the program of record.

Daily News | June 12, 2023

Lawmakers are exploring the potential for arming the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer fleet -- and possibly new frigates -- with offensive hypersonic missiles, a move that could dramatically extend the striking range of the Navy's surface combatant force to hold at risk a larger set of inland targets by modifying current vertical launch systems to accommodate larger-diameter rockets.

Daily News | June 12, 2023

House lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require an initial fleet of a dozen Glide Phase Interceptors be operational by 2029 -- mandating a six-year acceleration of the Pentagon hypersonic defense program -- a move that, if enacted, could require billions of dollars be added to the project's near-term development plans.

Daily News | June 7, 2023

The Defense Department "lacks comprehensive guidance" for sustaining and maintaining the Missile Defense System -- a sprawling collection of radars, launchers and command and control systems -- that, if not corrected, places at risk the readiness of the nation to defend against long-range missile threats.

Daily News | June 6, 2023

The Missile Defense Agency is working on a new advanced target to mimic long-range Chinese and Russian hypersonic missiles as part of a project to ready the Defense Department for a high-stakes, live-fire test in 2025 that will feature the first-ever attempt to defeat an ultra-fast maneuvering threat in a simulated attack on a U.S. aircraft carrier.

Daily News | June 2, 2023

The Defense Department has awarded Raytheon Technologies a new deal as part of the project to break up the former Ground-based Midcourse Defense system continuing sustainment and development contract -- executing a potential $621 million, five-year package to keep modern and operational exoatmospheric kill vehicles in the deployed homeland defense interceptor fleet.

Daily News | May 31, 2023

The Defense Department is proposing to launch a $475 million, five-year project in fiscal year 2024 to begin transitioning quantum technologies for military application to press the U.S. technological advantage against all competitors across a wide range of capabilities including precision strike, space, cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Daily News | May 30, 2023

The Defense Department is taking steps to improve the Missile Defense System flight test program -- a $1 billion annual project that aims to demonstrate new capabilities, identify limitations, provide combatant commanders confidence in these tools as well as deter North Korea and Iran -- which has suffered a decade of failures.

Daily News | May 26, 2023

Congressional auditors have provided a first-ever public accounting of key systems that will be part of a new Defense of Guam capability -- details the Pentagon has kept under wraps since providing lawmakers a September 2021 classified report on the matter -- revealing previously unreported elements of the planned 360-degree air and missile defense system.

Daily News | May 25, 2023

The Pentagon is seeking authorization in fiscal year 2024 to begin prototyping a new homeland defense Over-the-Horizon Radar -- with one each planned in the Northeast, Northwest, Alaska and a Southern-facing array -- for improved long-range sensor coverage of aircraft, cruise missiles, maneuvering hypersonic missiles and maritime surface vehicle threats.

Daily News | May 24, 2023

Northrop Grumman's proposed blueprint for a pair of polar-orbiting satellites intended to provide next-generation ballistic and maneuvering hypersonic missile detection over Arctic regions passed muster with U.S. Space Force Space Systems Command, clearing the project to proceed toward the next planned milestone: critical design review.

Daily News | May 22, 2023

Lockheed Martin is offering the most advanced variant of the Patriot interceptor -- the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement -- to bolster ship defense in the wake of a newly revealed lack of "capability and capacity" to defeat complex raids of hypersonic and cruise missiles.

Daily News | May 19, 2023

The U.S. military is at risk of taking ownership of the Long Range Discrimination Radar -- a massive new sensor in the middle of Alaska intended to strengthen defenses against a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile strike -- before fully validating its detection capabilities with target flight tests over the Pacific Ocean.

Daily News | May 18, 2023

The Missile Defense Agency has raised the bar in the $17 billion Next Generation Interceptor competition, requiring Lockheed Martin and a Northrop Grumman-Raytheon team to demonstrate critical technologies in their respective guided-missile designs at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or higher, a change from the initial requirement of TRL 5 or higher.

Daily News | May 17, 2023

The U.S. military has delayed by two years the planned first test of a naval counter-hypersonic capability, pushing from 2023 to 2025 an intercept attempt by a Standard Missile-6 against an ultra-fast maneuvering target to validate a new version of the Aegis Sea Based Terminal capability designed to protect aircraft carrier strike groups from the new class of threats.

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