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US Funding for FALCON Project

An United States  House-Senate Conference Report about a $459 million defense budget revealed that $100 million is to be given for the development of a "prompt global strike" program capable of launching a precision-guided warhead that can be detonated at any point in the world two hours after deployment.

The program FALCON, which stands for Force Application and Launch from CONSUS, was described by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency intelligence reporter Walter Pincus as "a reusable Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle capable of delivering 12,000 pounds of payload at a distance of 9,000 nautical miles from [the continental United States] in less than two hours."

An United States  House-Senate Conference Report about a $459 million defense budget revealed that $100 million is to be given for the development of a "prompt global strike" program capable of launching a precision-guided warhead that can be detonated at any point in the world two hours after deployment.

The program FALCON, which stands for Force Application and Launch from CONSUS, was described by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency intelligence reporter Walter Pincus as "a reusable Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle capable of delivering 12,000 pounds of payload at a distance of 9,000 nautical miles from [the continental United States] in less than two hours."

The vehicle, which is set to be launched into space via a rocket, is set to "provide the country with significant capability to conduct responsive missions with quick turn-around sortie rates while providing aircraft-like operability and mission-recall capability" stated DARPA.

The Washington Post reported that an additional $8 million is to be given for research for a counter-satellite-communications system set to develop capabilities of "disruption of satellite communication signals in response to U.S. Strategic Command requirements, as explained by the Pentagon. It will be a second-generation system, with the first-generation already operational.

The developments are to be integrated to a command-and-control system already in place. The project is set to be started by mid-2008.