Pentagon Pushes Back Decision on Missile Shield Contractor

The U.S. Defense Department has put off until December a decision on which contractor to select for its long-range missile defense system for the United States, Reuters reported (see GSN, Oct. 18).

Boeing is the present lead contractor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are jointly competing against Boeing to win the new contract to manage and broaden the system.

Boeing has received approximately $18 billion since January 2001 under the GMD contract that expires before 2012, company spokeswoman Jessica Carlton said via e-mail.

The U.S.-based long-range antimissile system employs radars, additional monitors and a 20,000-mile fiber optic grid to connect with missile interceptors housed at military bases in California and Alaska. The system is intended largely to protect the country from a long-range ballistic missile attack by North Korea or Iran.

The awarding of the GMD contract was delayed to December "because evaluation won't be completed until then," according to Missile Defense Agency spokesman Richard Lehner. A decision on the contract had previously been pushed back until next month (Jim Wolf, Reuters, Oct. 18).

October 19, 2011
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The U.S. Defense Department has put off until December a decision on which contractor to select for its long-range missile defense system for the United States, Reuters reported (see GSN, Oct. 18).