The Aerospace Industries Association is praising the Trump administration for its ambitions to return the US to the moon and eventually reach Mars. "On the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission, it's particularly appropriate to note the strong, sustained partnership between government and industry that enables our drive to explore the cosmos," David Melcher, AIA president and CEO, said.
The Army wants to quickly make up for lost time when it comes to acquisition and modernization programs. "Our failure to modernize as quickly as possible will most likely exacerbate the significant risks the total Army now faces," said Army Secretary Mark Esper.
The Coast Guard's latest Legend-class national security cutter was christened Monday by Huntington Ingalls' shipbuilding division. The Midgett is named after John Allen Midgett, honored for his rescue in 1918 of British sailors from the UK tanker Mirlo, which had been hit by a German U-boat's torpedo off North Carolina.
Additive manufacturing is positioned to improve the quality of casting and metal forging due to increased competition, according to GE Additive's Mark Meyer. The next market for metal additive manufacturing is replacement parts.
A modified Boeing 747 that can deliver 19,200 gallons of fire retardant liquid in up to eight drops per flight has joined the fight against wildfires raging in California. Wired offers a 3D tour of the aircraft.
SpaceX and NASA say the use of a reused Falcon 9 first stage does not pose a significantly higher risk to the upcoming cargo mission to the International Space Station. "We're very comfortable that the risk posture on this vehicle is not significantly greater than a new booster," NASA's Kirk Shireman said.
Individual branches of the US military will continue to gain control of programs as the office of the secretary of defense focuses on strategic decision-making. "AT&L needs to be the strategic body with focus across the board, driving affordability and accountability, reducing timelines, and equipping the Services to execute their programs," said Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, logistics and technology.
President Donald Trump says Democrats in Congress are obstructing military spending as a bargaining tool to gain traction on other issues, such as immigration. "It's time for Democrats in Congress to drop the threats of shutdowns of government and support a clean appropriations bill that fully supports and funds our military," he said.
Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy will serve as chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association in 2018, and William Brown, Harris Corp.'s CEO, will serve as vice chair. "We are one of our nation's great sources of rewarding, good-paying, noble jobs that help millions live the American dream," Kennedy said.
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