Northrop Grumman vs. Boeing: Who Will Build the U.S. Military's New ICBMs?

The United States Air Force has whittled down the number of would be contractors for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to two. Northrop Grumman and Boeing will move forward into the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase.

As such, the Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $329 million contract and Boeing a $349 million contract for the TMRR phase. Under the contracts, the two companies will mature the GBSD technology and develop a “low technical risk, affordable total system replacement of Minuteman III” ICBM.

UPS’ Innovation Culture Is A Model For Industry And Defense

There is a myth that has captivated many senior business leaders, veteran investment analysts and even leadership in the Department of Defense. The fable is that the source of innovation that will drive the U.S. economy and be increasingly important to the effectiveness of the U.S. military is to be found in small startup companies, particularly those involved in the IT space. Silicon Valley is held up as the wellspring of innovative thinking. Businesses, venture capitalists and government acquisition officials are all on the hunt for the next Apple or the follow-on to the iPhone.

Why North Korea Will Test Another Nuclear Weapon Soon

North Korea says it has developed intercontinental missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.

Now comes the hard part of fulfilling the declared goal of its leader Kim Jong Un: perfecting a nuclear device small and light enough to fit on the missile without affecting its range as well as making it capable of surviving re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.

To do that, weapons experts say, the isolated state needs to carry out at least another nuclear test, its sixth, and more tests of long-range missiles.

Trump Doesn't Want the Same Old Options from the Pentagon on Afghanistan

What does a country do when its military has been fighting a conflict half-way around the world for over a decade and a half, supporting a host government so corrupted internally, disorganized politically, and at a very real risk of collapsing completely without continuous international military and financial support? The United States is in exactly that predicament with respect to its never ending mission in Afghanistan, a nation whose political leadership never misses an opportunity to quarrel with each other and make a mistake.