recommended reading

Raytheon snags missile defense contract; says past failures are past

AP file photo

Weapons maker Raytheon won a $636 million contract to continue work on the key interceptor for the U.S. ground-based missile defense system, the company announced.

The contract was awarded through Boeing, the prime contractor on the missile defense program. Through 2018 Raytheon will develop, field, test and configure the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, which is built to engage high-speed ballistic missile warheads in space, according to the statement.

The contract comes after the Missile Defense Agency halted deliveries of Raytheon’s warhead for anti-missile interceptors after a December 2010 test failure that followed a demonstrated glitch in January 2010, according to reports.

The failures prompted the auditors to say that fielding the advanced warheads “has gotten ahead of testing,” according to a Government Accountability Office report. “Even though the warhead has failed both intercept attempts, 12 of 23 have already been delivered.”

Raytheon said it had demonstrated a remedy for the problem and was working to ensure the solution was "repeatable and producible," Reuters reports.

Hat tip: Business Insider’s Robert Johnson.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.