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US military services proceeding with separate ground-launched, intermediate-range missile concepts

27 August 2019
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Pentagon leaders are monitoring US military service efforts to develop their own respective ground-launched, mid-range missiles once banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, but they have not instituted a department-wide acquisition plan.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord fielded reporters' questions on 26 August on a variety of topics, including department plans to develop weapons previously banned under the treaty that are ground launched and fly between 500 km and 5,500 km.

"The services are developing capability. But the entire department is watching that, so everything we do will be complementary and will meet one another's needs," Lord said. "We're really in this interoperable, multi-domain battle now. You have to look at command and control and, kind of, [electronic warfare] across the entire department to go fight together."

Since Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was sworn into office in late July, the department and services leaders have been meeting on Mondays to discuss critical metrics, programmes, and strategy.

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