Army Spotlights Hypersonics, Lasers at AUSA 2019

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LTG Neil Thurgood addresses attendees at a Delivering Hypersonics  discussion at the 2019 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center on Oct. 14, 2019.
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Army Spotlights Hypersonics, Lasers at AUSA 2019

The U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office utilized the AUSA 2019 Warriors Corner to provide an update on the introduction of new hypersonic and directed energy technologies to the force.

Army Prioritizes Air and Missile Defense Upgrades

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Army Prioritizes Air and Missile Defense Upgrades

The “deep dive” cuts made to dozens of programs in the Army’s march toward modernization have resulted in funding for priority air and missile defense capabilities to be fielded over the next five years.

Lt. Gen. James F. Pasquarette, deputy chief of staff, G-8, who heads Army resources and planning, said the Army’s reprioritization of funds is in line with the National Defense Strategy, and is aimed at re-establishing “overmatch against China and Russia in areas where we lost it or will soon lose it if we don’t get after it now.”

Army Needs Mobile, Flexible Air and Missile Defense

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Army Needs Mobile, Flexible Air and Missile Defense

The Army is taking big steps toward having critical new air and missile defense capabilities, with an eye on a collection of interconnected systems that provide scalable, mobile and revolutionary protection against current and future threats.

No single system will be able to accomplish what the Army and the nation need, the commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command said March 12 during a one-day event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare. 

U.S. Lacking in Missile Defense Capabilities

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U.S. Lacking in Missile Defense Capabilities

A lack of missile defense and anti-aircraft capabilities could put Army units and installations at risk in a future large-scale conflict, experts say.

Recent war games show the U.S. “usually fails to achieve our objective of preventing aggression by the adversary,” RAND Corp. analyst David Ochmanek said during a March 7 panel discussion at the Center for a New American Security.

Trump Hints at Bigger 2020 Defense Budget

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Trump Hints at Bigger 2020 Defense Budget

President Donald Trump hinted Jan. 17 that defense spending would not be cut in the 2020 budget request he’ll submit to Congress in early February.

Speaking at the Pentagon where he was greeted by applause, the commander in chief joked that the clapping was “because I gave you the biggest budget in our history, and I’ve now done it two times. And, I hate to tell the rest of the world, but I am about to do it three times.”

The 2019 defense budget was about $719 billion but now is expected to be $733 billion to $750 billion.

Air and Missile Defense Looks to Directed Energy Future

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Air and Missile Defense Looks to Directed Energy Future

This morning’s Warrior Corner presentation at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, led by the Army’s Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Cross-Functional Team (CFT), highlighted successful efforts credited to a close working relationship between the new CFT and the Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) for Missiles and Space.

One of those efforts involves the ongoing testing and planned introduction of directed energy capabilities into the Army air defense arena.

Missile Defense Is Not One Size Fits All

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Missile Defense Is Not One Size Fits All

Air and missile defense against adversaries such as North Korea, Russia and China requires a “broad spectrum of capabilities” that can address the specific threat each country represents, the officer in charge of deterring a strategic attack against the U.S. and its allies says.

Trump Seeks $1.8 Billion More for Army

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Trump Seeks $1.8 Billion More for Army

President Donald Trump has sent Congress an emergency request for $5.9 billion in additional defense spending, with $1.8 billion aimed at Army programs.

Space, Missile Defense Chief Looks to Technology

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Space, Missile Defense Chief Looks to Technology

The Army’s chief missile defense officer says potential adversaries are expanding missile and space offensive capabilities and offensive cyber capabilities.