Pentagon’s New ICBM Program Facing Problems And Cost Overruns

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US Air Force artist’s rendering of the Sentinel in flight. (Credit: US Air Force)  

Breaking Defense: Sentinel ICBM program ‘struggling’ with ‘unknown unknowns’: Kendall  

Kendall also expressed concern about the effects of a likely continuing resolution on key programs, including the Advanced Battle Management System and the Joint Advanced Tactical Missile.  

WASHINGTON — Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said today he is “nervous” about unforeseen challenges in the $96 billion LGM-35A Sentinel program to develop a next-generation nuclear missile that will push up costs — with the service now assessing what changes may be required. 

“Sentinel, I think, is quite honestly struggling a little bit. There are unknown unknowns that are surfacing … in the program and that the department is gonna have to work its way through,” he told the Center for a New American Security.  

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Update #1: US Air Force’s Sentinel missile ‘struggling,’ faces rising costs (Defense News)

Update #2: New Sentinel ICBM ‘Struggling’ Due to Complexity, Kendall Says (Air & Space Forces Magazine)  

WNU Editor: There is no back-up plan …. Sentinel System: ‘There is No Backup Plan’ (National Defense).