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GAO calls for independent reviews of hypersonic missile interceptor program

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The Pentagon needs a fresh look at the Missile Defense Agency’s effort to acquire a new glide-phase interceptor (GPI) that could shoot down adversaries’ hypersonic weapons, a government watchdog is warning. Current plans are lacking when it comes to important external reviews, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report. “Having independent insights into program technical risks and costs are key components of the knowledge-based acquisition process,” the report…

MDA director unsure if new hypersonic missile interceptor can be fielded before 2030

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Under pressure to develop new capabilities for countering adversaries’ hypersonic weapons, the head of the Missile Defense Agency said he isn’t ready to commit to a timeline for delivering a new glide phase interceptor (GPI). On Monday, MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill was asked if the system will be ready in the 2020s and whether additional funding would help the agency accelerate the schedule for the weapon. “We argue…