The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a budget for the Pentagon’s proposed space-based sensor layer to detect and track high-speed threats from Earthâs orbit, C4ISRNet reported Thursday.Â Funding for the project was added to the panelâs version of the $750 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, which now heads to the full Senate for confirmation.Â
In March, the Missile Defense Agency told lawmakers that it marked the sensor layer as its top priority that lackedÂ funding.Â Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of MDA, said the space infrastructure would include two constellations of satellites that will serve different roles. One system will track ballistic missiles, while the other will focus on hypersonic missiles.
âThe threat is moving fast and faster, and the reason I include it as my top priority in the unfunded list is that I believe that as time is the enemy, letâs not waste it, and if additional funding is provided, thatâs where it would go,” Greaves said.Â
DoD did not include extra funding forÂ sensor layer in itâs formal budget request for FY20.Â