Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle says the Air Force should accelerate the acquisition of sixth-generation fighter jets, citing the importance of "penetrating counter-air" capabilities. This technology is targeted to come on line in the 2030s.
The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to boost defense spending while cutting back nondefense programs and keeping entitlements at current levels. The Pentagon, Homeland Security, intelligence activities and law enforcement are all slated for increases in the administration's budget proposal, according to a senior official.
Independent experts have found that 34 older interceptors in the US Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system may need to be retrofitted, though so far the military is making no move to do so. "If there's a foreign object in one unit, it's sort of whistling past the graveyard to assume that that's a once-in-a-lifetime event," said L. David Montague, retired president of missile systems at Lockheed.
Raytheon has won a $1 billion contract to deliver an early warning radar system to Qatar, according to the Defense Department.
GE Aviation has invested $200 million to build a pair of ceramic matrix composite production facilities in Alabama that together will be capable of producing 20 metric tons of materials annually. The Air Force Research Laboratory has contributed nearly $22 million for one of the facilities.
UPS is testing the feasibility of making deliveries using drones launched from trucks. It successfully demonstrated the technology in Lithia, Fla.
The $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled for liftoff atop an Ariane rocket in October 2018, capping 25 years of development. The telescope is seen as NASA's successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel wants to see a "compelling rationale" for crewing the Exploration Mission 1 instead of sending it up without astronauts aboard. "If the benefits warrant the assumption of additional risk, we expect NASA to clearly and openly articulate their decision-making process and rationale," panel Chair Patricia Sanders said.
The Trump administration is pursuing a wide-ranging effort to reduce federal regulation with a new executive order creating reform task forces within agencies. Lockheed Martin was represented at the signing by President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump met with some of the country's top executives Thursday to discuss strategies to improve trade and increase manufacturing jobs in the US. Participants included Harris Corp. CEO William Brown, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, among others.
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