In the shadowy depths where the brass calls the shots, and the stakes are nothing short of doomsday, Northrop Grumman’s cooked up something that’s got the Pentagon’s corridors buzzing.

It’s the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) – not your granddaddy’s missile defense, but a lean, mean, ICBM-thwarting machine.

This beast just cleared its All-Up Round Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and not just on time – but a whole year ahead of the clock.

That’s not just beating the drum; it’s setting the pace.