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Pentagon Plans to Ax Missile-Interceptor Redesign If Sequestration Returns

5:41 PM ET The Pentagon would ax a redesign of the front-end kill vehicle atop its strategic missile interceptor if future sequestration cuts remain law. Sequestration levels were relaxed in defense spending legislation for fiscal 2014 and 2015. However, should these congressionally mandated reductions slated for 2016 and beyond remain in effect, the ...

Audit Warns of Problems Launching U.S. Missile Defenses in Europe

April 15, 2014 A new audit has found that the U.S. military is likely to encounter hurdles in the operations of deployed antimissile assets in Europe. The deployment in recent years of an early-warning radar and Patriot missile-interceptors in Turkey revealed a lack of holistic planning by the Defense Department, the Government Accountability ...

Lawmakers Want to Speed Up the Delivery of Missile Interceptors to Europe

April 3, 2014 Some U.S. lawmakers are exploring the potential for speeding up missile-interceptor deployments in Europe amid concerns over recent Russian aggression. The United States is currently planning on fielding modernized Standard Missile 3 Block 1B interceptors on warships home-ported in Spain and at a base in Romania beginning in 2015. A ...

After Crimea, U.S. Nuclear Agency Reviews Russia Aid

April 1, 2014 The U.S. Energy Department's nuclear-security arm is reviewing its assistance to Russia amid continuing tensions with Moscow over Ukraine. The National Nuclear Security Administration assessment is part of an Energy-wide "ongoing internal review of Russian-related activities," department spokesman Bill Gibbons said in a statement last week. The review comes against ...

Energy to Spend Millions on Improving Arms Control Verification Methods

April 1, 2014 The U.S. Energy Department has awarded a multimillion-dollar research grant to explore new technologies for verifying foreign nonproliferation commitments. A consortium of universities will use the $25 million grant by the department's National Nuclear Security Administration over the next half-decade to investigate, among other things, geophysical models for aiding in ...

Negligence to Blame in All 73 Incidents of Missing Radioactive Materials in 2013, Report Finds

March 21, 2014 Negligence was involved in all 73 incidents last year in which radioactive substances reported went missing, concludes a new expert report on nuclear trafficking. The report finding by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies could suggest there is much work yet to be done in international efforts to improve ...

Report: Delays in Missile Defense for Poland, Romania

March 17, 2014 U.S. congressional auditors have concluded the Pentagon is likely being too optimistic in its time schedule for achieving certain antimissile capabilities in Europe. The Defense Department presently intends to declare the second and third phases of the European Phased Adaptive Approach "technically capable" in 2015 and 2018. This is in ...

Energy Dept. Seeks $8.3 Billion for 2015 Nuclear-Arsenal Work

March 5, 2014 The Energy Department is seeking $8.3 billion in fiscal 2015 funds for nuclear-arsenal activities -- a proposed $534 million increase over current fiscal-year levels. The department's total budget proposal for the semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration is $11.7 billion, which includes $1.4 billion for naval atomic propulsion systems, according to ...

Technology That Undercuts Missile Defense Should Face Tighter Export Controls, Report Says

March 3, 2014 A new U.S.-funded report calls for tightening international export controls on the sale of technologies that could be used to skirt ballistic-missile defenses. The policy paper -- produced by the RAND Corp. think tank for the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency -- recommends the international Missile Technology Control Regime adopt ...

Nuclear Agency Faulted in Nonproliferation Cost Overruns

February 20, 2014 A U.S. Congress watchdog is faulting the Energy Department for not having a clear idea why costs have risen so much on a key nonproliferation program. The department's semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration forecasts a roughly $3 billion increase in the cost to its efforts to dispose of surplus weapons-grade ...