The Army's wish list includes a missile that can unleash a swarm of armed drones capable of hitting multiple targets at once. "This will serve as a smart augmentation to the standard missile warhead," reads the Defense Department request.
Norway is hoping for a boost to its defense sector from the F-35 program. The country's defense exports dropped by 20% in 2016, and the industry sees an opportunity to return to growth based on subcontracts from the F-35.
President Donald Trump will play a key role in NASA's mission to Mars and the International Space Station. "[He] is inheriting a space program that has this nascent ambition to go to Mars but doesn't have hardware actually flying yet," said Casey Dreier, director of space policy at The Planetary Society.
No one will be in charge of the National Nuclear Security Administration overseeing the nation's nuclear stockpile unless the current team is allowed to stay in place following today's inauguration, according to Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., in a letter to President Donald Trump. "We simply cannot afford to allow national security positions to effectively run on 'auto-pilot,'" he wrote.
The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin are finalizing a $9 billion contract for the F-35 fighter jet that could bring the cost down below $100 million per aircraft. The current talks cover 90 F-35s, with a final deal expected by month's end.
Sen. John McCain's proposal to purchase 300 light-attack fighter aircraft has received support from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. These "low-cost" fighters could be used in less threatening environments, taking some demands off of the F-35 and F-22, he said.
US F-35s have been stationed at their first permanent overseas post with the Marine Corps. The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 "Green Knights" arrived in Iwakuni, Japan, Wednesday.
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