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"Senate Appropriators Pile On Congressional Criticism Of Next-Gen Missile Warning Program" by Theresa Hitchens
Byron Callan quoted in Theresa Hitchens' Breaking Defense article, "Senate Appropriators Pile On Congressional Criticism Of Next-Gen Missile Warning Program"
The article reads:
In its budget released last week, SAC cut $343 million from Space Force’s $2.4 billion request for the program, citing in part “unjustified” cost growth. The move comes despite public assurances from Space Force officials that everything is on track.
Byron Callan, long-time defense industry financial analyst at Capital Alpha, said that while he didn’t “have a good read” on what exactly is happening with Next-Gen OPIR, in general if similar concerns have shown up “across multiple committees and GAO, I would think it’s a reasonable assumption that there’s some smoke somewhere there.” And that, he added, then leads to the question of “how big is the fire.”
The program is designed to replace the current Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellites first developed in the 1990s with upgraded capabilities including improved anti-jamming.