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 | October 7, 2022

The Pentagon has delayed a high-stakes flight test of a long-range hypersonic weapon that was originally to be executed no later than last month, a change of plans that eats away at the timetable of a project with little schedule margin in the U.S. military's effort to field its first conventional hypersonic strike weapon by next September. (UPDATED)

Daily News | October 6, 2022

The Air Force, in a rough estimate, believes the cost to re-engine the B-52 bomber fleet is about $11.7 billion, including $3.7 billion to develop and $8 billion to procure -- a figure not previously reported that will likely be refined next summer when the service formally launches the program.

Daily News | October 5, 2022

The Army has staked out an $8 billion place in its modernization portfolio to buy nearly 4,000 rounds of the Precision Strike Missile, according to a report that details for the first time in a public document the program's full cost and scope.

Daily News | October 4, 2022

The Defense Department has formally recalibrated the price tag for the Missile Defense System, dialing the total acquisition cost up to $226 billion, a $23 billion hike compared to the last formal accounting provided to Congress two years ago that doesn't necessarily reflect cost growth.

Daily News | September 29, 2022

The Pentagon has set a formal cost estimate for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program of $188.8 billion, a tally that includes $95.8 billion to develop and procure a next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile fleet and $93 billion to operate and sustain the fleet across five decades.

Daily News | September 28, 2022

The projected price tag for the Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier effort increased by more than $2 billion over the last two years, wiping out half of the savings the Ford-class program hoped to harvest though bundling the acquisition of a third-and-fourth warship.

Daily News | September 26, 2022

The Army committed an additional $1.6 billion in research and development funding to rectify the Integrated Air and Missile Defense program -- including the IAMD Battle Command Systems (IBCS) -- raising total start-up funding for the project to $5.1 billion, more than three times the original 2009 promise of $1.6 billion.

Daily News | September 23, 2022

The estimated price tag for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program pierced the $400 billion mark in a new report to Congress, an upward revision that accounts for related funding previously not tallied in the acquisition cost and a reminder of how far the project has strayed from the original 2002 promise to deliver the stealth fleet for $199 billion.

Daily News | September 22, 2022

The Defense Department today marked a major milestone in the race against China and Russia to field hypersonic weapons, furnishing Raytheon with a nearly $1 billion commitment to design, develop and deliver a new class of ultra-fast, maneuvering munition for U.S. fighter aircraft: a hypersonic cruise missile.

Daily News | September 21, 2022

A congressional audit of more than $24 billion contracted by the Defense Department using other transaction authorities (OTA) found the Pentagon does not have a systematic approach for tracking which consortia receive awards, limiting the ability of contracting personnel to make informed decisions on how and whether to use consortia-based OTAs.

Daily News | September 20, 2022

The Missile Defense Agency has tapped Lockheed Martin to conduct a study that aims to explore whether directed-energy weapons can be integrated into the Missile Defense System, a project that comes as a company leader voiced optimism about the potential for speed-of-light technology to scale up to power levels needed to defeat intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Daily News | September 16, 2022

The U.S. military has taken ownership of a prototype 300-kilowatt laser -- the first of three different variants of a high-energy weapon with cruise-missile killing power -- marking a key milestone in the Defense Department program to scale up directed-energy technology.

Daily News | September 14, 2022

The United States and Japan advanced a project to field a new ballistic missile defense capability by demonstrating improved software on a special variant of the Aegis system -- one slated for land deployment but now on a ship -- that integrated for the first time the SPY-7 radar, marking completion of a "majority of the development" effort.

Daily News | September 9, 2022

The Defense Department, which for 20 years has treated the acquisition objective for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as sacrosanct, is now contemplating curtailing future purchases to offset new fleet modernization initiatives, possibly signaling a new era where program cost growth will be borne by the project instead of budget topline increases.

Daily News | September 7, 2022

The Defense Department is aiming to deliver elements of a new Guam air and missile defense system as soon as fiscal year 2024, a schedule that would appear to exceed the 2026 target top brass at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command set to counter advanced Chinese threats from every direction on the western U.S. territory.

Daily News | September 1, 2022

An influential Pentagon advisory panel is readying recommendations on uncrewed, intelligent combat aircraft that can fight semi-autonomously alongside piloted weapon systems, specifically technologies and concepts of operation needed for swarming, attritable capabilities to support the Air Force's vision for next-generation air dominance.

Daily News | August 31, 2022

The Army is exploring the potential of linking a radar designed to warn friendly forces of incoming indirect fire with sensors built to track aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles -- as part of an effort to provide as comprehensive as possible a picture of air threats to ground forces, according to a senior service official.

Daily News | August 30, 2022

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Boeing a potential $5 billion contract to support the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, allowing the company -- which fended off two competitors -- to maintain a key role in the GMD program which the Pentagon has broken into smaller parts and which Boeing has been prime contractor for more than a decade.

Daily News | August 30, 2022

The Missile Defense Agency has tapped Lockheed Martin to "design, develop and deliver" what is being dubbed the Homeland Defense Radar-Guam, utilizing technology at the core of the Long Range Discrimination Radar, the SPY-7 and a large sensor planned for Hawaii as a central component of a new air and missile defense capability for the western U.S. territory.

Daily News | August 23, 2022

The Defense Department is putting the final touches on detailed annual reports for its major weapon system acquisition portfolio, a nearly $2 trillion package of investments, that will provide lawmakers the first high-fidelity insight into long-term modernization plans in nearly two years. (UPDATED)

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