The Aerospace Industries Association is voicing its support for the confirmation of Kimberly Reed to lead the US Export-Import Bank. "The Ex-Im Bank is incredibly important to our industry's competitiveness in the global market," said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. "More than $40 billion in American exports have been stalled while we wait on these nominations. We need the bank to offset our foreign competitors' advantage so our industry can grow manufacturing jobs in the United States."
Outfitting the US naval fleet with lasers and electromagnetic rail guns is a difficult engineering task, according to Capt. Mark Vandroff. "If you have a big enough load that comes along for a warfighting application or any other application you might want, it is going to take technical work and potential future modification in order to get there," he said.
The Army has selected Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control for maintenance work on tactical missile systems in 10 cities. The contract is worth $364 million.
State Farm has partnered with Virginia Tech to advance the development of autonomous drones under a Federal Aviation Administration pilot project. The White House and FAA are using 10 pilot projects nationwide to help perfect the use of drones in the US for efforts such as crop monitoring and medical deliveries.
Aegean Airlines is ordering 10 Airbus A321neo and 20 A320neo passenger aircraft with a list-price value of $5 billion.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the department is moving forward with its effort to reform the regulation of commercial space and has submitted proposed changes to regulations governing commercial remote sensing.
The Users Advisory Group of the National Space Council sees the Defense Department's cumbersome acquisition system as the No. 1 issue facing the Defense Department in space. "There is so much advancement, innovation, privately developed technologies the Air Force could adopt immediately, but the acquisition is just so slow," said panel member Eric Stallmer, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
NASA and the US Strategic Command have come out in support of the Commerce Department's oversight of space traffic. "It's the right move, and I commit to work with the administration, the Department of Commerce and the Congress to meet the president's space traffic management goals," Air Force Gen. John Hyten told lawmakers.
Citing China's efforts to steal US intellectual property, the Pentagon says it will consider security when selecting contractors. "We must establish security as a fourth pillar in defense acquisition and also create incentives for industry to embrace security, not as a cost burden, but as a major factor in their competitiveness for US government business," said Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Kari Bingen.
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