The Trump administration reportedly will nominate Kimberly Reed to lead the US Export-Import Bank. "By restoring the Export-Import Bank's board quorum, Ex-Im will be able to help level the playing field," Jeffrey Gerrish, the Ex-Im Bank's acting president.
Lockheed Martin has delivered its 300th F-35. "The F-35 weapons system is a key enabler of our National Defense Strategy and is providing our war fighters the combat-proven, advanced capabilities they need to meet mission requirements," said Vice Adm. Mat Winter.
Pratt & Whitney is providing details on the F135 engine upgrade path, which includes two phases over four years.
United Technologies Corp. is establishing a $300 million technology incubator in New York with the goal of accelerating aerospace innovation. "We have given them what we want. We give them the vision and data, then they get to work," said Robert Leduc, Pratt & Whitney president.
House members are doubling down on efforts to create a Space Command under a provision in its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. "I support what we have in the House bill," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, chair of the House Armed Services Committee.
The House Appropriations Committee easily passed its $674.6 billion Defense Department spending plan in a 48-4 vote. The legislation includes $145.7 billion for equipment and upgrades.
Aerospace industry groups want Congress to move on Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization this session. The National Air Transportation Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association are all calling for the bill to advance.