The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 30, 2019

By Thomas Duffy / August 30, 2019 at 3:04 PM

This Labor Day edition of the INSIDER features a new THAAD test, an Army hypersonics contract award, news from the new U.S. Space Command, and an interview with a company CEO:

THAAD opens its defensive reach:

MDA demos new remote launcher in bid to expand THAAD's defensive umbrella

The Missile Defense Agency notched a significant achievement in the effort to bolster defenses against North Korea's medium-range ballistic missile threats during a test today, assessing a new government designed launcher for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system that promises to extend THAAD's defensive reach.

Rocket-builder feels secure in GBSD competition:

Aerojet Rocketdyne COO feels well-positioned to compete for GBSD bid

An Aerojet Rocketdyne official says his company is well-positioned to develop large solid-rocket motors for the Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program under a Northrop Grumman prime contract or an integrated team approach with Boeing.

Army issues hypersonics contract:

Army names Dynetics, Lockheed prime contractors for new hypersonic weapon

The Army this week awarded two other transaction agreements, to Dynetics and Lockheed Martin, for the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon project.

Space Command, NRO working agreement announced:

New U.S. Space Command will direct NRO at ‘higher stages of conflict’

The head of the newly established U.S. Space Command said he recently reached a “new agreement” with the National Reconnaissance Office stipulating that both organizations will collaborate equally until the “higher stages of conflict,” at which point NRO will answer to SPACECOM.

Constellis CEO lays out company plans:

Focused on integrating its acquisitions, Constellis readies for new DC-area headquarters

Constellis, the security contractor created by combining some assets of Blackwater with other companies ranging from Triple Canopy to Centerra Group, is concentrating on integrating its legacy businesses, according to its new chief executive.