The Army's Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate has tapped CACI International to develop protection services in a multimillion-dollar contract. CACI said it "will provide software and hardware engineering support to help I2WD secure air and ground platforms against electronic warfare attack and assist in developing countermeasures."
The Western defense export market will face increasing competition in the next 10 years, primarily from Israel, South Korea and Brazil, according to a report by Avascent. In recent years American defense firms have pursed foreign sales to offset slowing military spending by the US, and so far the strategy has worked.
A Mars helicopter, Europa orbiter and wide-field infrared survey telescope are among the cutting-edge programs that could receive funding under current proposals. "One of the biggest problems with NASA headquarters has been an absence of long-term goals," said Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas. "I've done my best with this to give them some short-term and long-term goals based on the scientific decadal study and based on what the public has come to expect from NASA. I want to help NASA inspire the next generation."
Marines who have used the F-35 in operations since last year say the aircraft's software is rarely an issue, referencing a shutdown glitch that the Air Force is currently working through. "If we fly a flight, come back, get gas -- basically our wheels touch the ground and go back out -- sometimes we have issues with the mission systems coming back online after that power cycle," said Capt. Jordan Hedges. "But they usually do come back. It just takes them a little while."
Orbital ATK has revealed plans for its Next Generation Launcher, which would compete for US military and commercial satellite launches. Orbital will buy the rocket's second stage from Blue Origin. "We're working cooperatively with the Air Force to make sure there's room for three players," said Orbital's John Steinmeyer.
Bombardier has scaled back its forecast for the year, reducing its 10-year delivery forecast by 700 jets. "This annual forecast identifies longer-cycle trends that we use in our own strategic decisions, enabling us to react quickly and efficiently to constantly changing markets," said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, vice president of strategy, marketing and innovation. "We have built our leadership position in aviation by continuously monitoring the market and making proactive business decisions based on macroeconomic analyses and our industry expertise."
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., criticized Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's procedural move to delay a vote on the defense policy bill. Reid, D-Nev., effectively put off Senate action on the measure until after the Memorial Day break, saying lawmakers should take more time to study the 1,600-page bill.
General Electric will work with Saudi Arabia's state-owned Aramco to build a $400 million manufacturing facility in that country. "The joint investment and collaboration will be a game changer for the kingdom's industrial and digital sectors," said GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
The House Appropriations Committee is taking up a budget bill that would cut funding for the NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission while boosting the planetary science program.
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