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12/2/2016

The T-50A training aircraft by Lockheed Martin started the test-flight stage of its development Nov. 19. Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries are collaborating on the T-50A's development.

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Lockheed Martin
12/2/2016

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.

12/2/2016

Some members of Congress are calling for a side-by-side evaluation of the A-10 Warthog and F-35 prior to any final decision to retire the aging A-10.

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Congress
12/2/2016

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.

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Orion, NASA
12/2/2016

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.

12/2/2016

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.

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Motherboard
12/2/2016

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.

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C4ISR & Networks
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US Strategic Command, NDAA, Pentagon
12/1/2016

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.

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Royal Air Force, CPB
12/1/2016

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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Defense News
12/1/2016

Israel's planned F-35 fleet will increase to 50 now that it has approved the purchase of 17 additional Joint Strike Fighter jets. A new military assistance agreement with the US paved the way for the purchase.