The US military is "not doing as good as we need to do in job one in cyber, which is defending our own networks," said Defense Secretary Ash Carter following a review of cyber and space defenses. "Our military is empowered by and also dependent upon networks for its effective operations. So we have to be good, and I would say we have to be better at network defense than we are now."
The Export-Import Bank is an institution that partners with the private sector for many transactions, doesn't cost taxpayers any money and gives American companies a chance to compete overseas, but critics have held up its reauthorization, writes Loren Thompson. "The critics all seem to harbor the same fanciful misconceptions about Ex-Im being a corrupt product of big government that hands out subsidies to favored companies," Thompson writes. "That view is utter nonsense, as the legislators could easily learn by talking to the thousands of workers in their districts who rely on the agency."
Layoffs announced by Boeing recently have stoked fears regarding the fallout for the aerospace industry if the US Export-Import Bank is not reauthorized. "It's increasingly important for these companies to successfully export," said AIA's Frank Slazer. "Export controls were important in that respect, but financing is another key issue. It's a little too soon to see extensive impacts yet, but it will grow over time."
The Army has announced plans for its first sizable watercraft procurement in 15 years to support the US military's pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region. The Army will solicit proposals for approximately 24 Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) landing craft.
The Defense Department will focus on developing cargo drones with the 2016 operational energy capability improvement fund. "What we're talking about is unmanned aerial vehicles for resupply," said DoD's Steve Mapes.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. is publicly defending the agency's handling of investigations into rocket failures involving SpaceX and Orbital Sciences. "In both ... accident investigations, NASA has significant insight into the findings and rationale developed by the contractors," Bolden wrote in a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. "In addition, the government is being afforded access to all data and physical evidence, as well as access to the contractor teams in support of both independent review team efforts."
The National Transportation Safety Board is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to require "rugged, crash-resistant fuel systems" aboard new civilian helicopters.
The launch of an estimated 1,400 satellites over the next decade will generate $255 billion in revenue, according to a report by Euroconsult. Approximately 90% of this market will be concentrated in 10 space industry countries.
Commercial demand for drones -- including in real estate, agriculture, construction and insurance -- will drive economic growth and job creation if the proper regulations are in place, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. "This is about serving major segments of the US economy that are just waiting to fly," said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the association.
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