President-elect Donald Trump has officially chosen retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his defense secretary nominee. Mattis is among several former military leaders that Trump is eyeing for top cabinet and national security posts.
NASA's Orion capsule will perform a fly-around of the moon and come back toward Earth in its first flight. It will stay out of lunar orbit this time.
United Launch Alliance has rolled out the interactive RocketBuilder website to allow potential customers to generate price estimates for trips into space. "It will be easier to buy a ride in space than to get a plane ticket home for the holidays," said CEO Tory Bruno.
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula says the Air Force needs about 2,500 fighter aircraft "to ensure a survivable, sustainable fighter force structure at a level necessary to support our national security strategy." President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to increase US military strength, including additional fight jets, but details have been elusive.
The proposed 2017 National Defense Authorization Act would elevate US Cyber Command as an independent command, taking it out from under the authority of the US Strategic Command. The new structure will make cyberdefense a priority for the Pentagon.
General Atomics' Certifiable Predator B drone has successfully completed its first fight and is on track for 2018 deliveries to the Royal Air Force. The US recently approved the sale of 26 CPB drones to the Royal Air Force, a deal worth $1 billion.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., appears to have put his mark on the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, a plan that eliminates the role of chief weapons buyer at the Department of Defense and cuts officer ranks. "These are the most significant reforms since Goldwater Nichols, without question," said Arnold Punaro, former staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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