Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO David Melcher is calling on president-elect Donald Trump's administration to support US exports and end the 2011 Budget Control Act. Melcher said the US must "make a conscious decision to invest in national security, civil space, aeronautics and 21st century air transportation systems."
Experts and lawmakers say it is imperative for the US to update its aging nuclear arsenal, citing the improving capabilities of foreign governments. "At some point we're going to wake up and our public is going to wake up to the fact that the head of North Korea ... is probably going to have the capability to hit our country with an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead on top of it," said Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska.
Boeing has grabbed 466 net orders for aircraft in 2016, while Airbus had 410 in the first 11 months of the year.
As Congress pursues a continuing resolution to fund the US government in the short term, NASA's authorization bill is facing long odds of passage. The bill authorizes NASA's funding for the 2017 fiscal year and also contains policy provisions.
A report that the Pentagon hid an internal document that detailed $125 billion in wasteful spending has been challenged by the White House. Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the report by the Defense Business Board was published in early 2015 and has been available to anyone to examine since that time.
Language in a short-term budget extension announced by top GOP officials in Congress would help clear the way for retired Marine Gen. James Mattis' nomination as defense secretary. President-elect Donald Trump officially announced Mattis as his pick for Pentagon chief, but Mattis needs a Congressional waiver to serve because of a law requiring a seven-year wait following retirement from the military.
As Defense Secretary Ash Carter prepares to leave office, he is highlighting efforts to prioritize innovation at the Pentagon. He says such innovation is important as the department counters Russian aggression, manages historic changes in the Asia-Pacific region, strengthens "deterrence and defensive capabilities against North Korea," checks "Iranian aggression and malign influence in the Gulf" and accelerates the end of ISIL.
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