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2/17/2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told reporters that he doesn't believe a continuing resolution would pass in the House. He told CNN he expects the White House to send a supplemental defense spending bill to Congress, "which would go a long way to show that we're willing to stand up for ourselves, partly to counter what Russia and others have been doing."

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Breaking Defense
2/17/2017

The Air Force is expanding its schedule for its UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program, pushing the final request for proposals to this summer. The delay is due to a lack of off-the-shelf capabilities available to meet all requirements, and the updated RFP will allow nondevelopmental items to be included.

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Defense News
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2/17/2017

Juneyao Airlines has ordered five Boeing 787-9 aircraft valued at $1.32 billion. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019.

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Juneyao Airlines, Boeing
2/17/2017

The US must maintain its presence on the moon, according to Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., a leading contender to head NASA under the Trump administration. "We all want to get to Mars in 2033 (but the moon) is critically important to the geo-political position of the United States of America," he said.

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USA Today
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NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine
2/17/2017

The Senate confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., as the head of the Office of Management and Budget. While Democrats disagreed with Mulvaney's stance on defense spending, he won the seat with a 51-49 majority vote.

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The Hill
2/17/2017

NASA is at work on a contingency plan for accessing the International Space Station if commercial crew vehicles do not win certification by the end of next year. SpaceX and Boeing are scheduled to have certification reviews of their respective vehicles in the second half of 2018.

2/16/2017

The Aerospace Industries Association has tallied aerospace and defense exports for 2016 at $146 billion, a record. More than $2 billion in exports originated in Kansas.

2/16/2017

Pratt & Whitney will spend $386 million to expand its Columbus, Ga. maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. A new, 200,000-square-foot facility will overhaul geared turbofan engines. "The investments will go toward the purchase of automated machinery and equipment upgrades and construction of two new buildings on the property," said the company.

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Air Transport World
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Pratt & Whitney
2/16/2017

The Navy has approached GE Aviation for a proposal to upgrade engines on the Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G. Boeing has seen rising demand for its F/A-18 Super Hornet, including commitments from Canada, Kuwait and Qatar.

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Boeing, Navy, GE Aviation
2/16/2017

The Navy has contracted with Bell-Boeing to support its V-22 Osprey fleet. Services will include avionics-upgrades planning, engineering support and flight-test planning.

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Navy, Osprey