The Pentagon will stay with a single contractor for cloud services, despite pushback from industry. "It is not something that we believe is up for debate with industry," said Timothy Van Name, deputy director of the Defense Digital Service.
The Trump administration plans to release a new, "whole of government" approach to US defense sales abroad, including a call to speed approval of deals to key allies and partners. The Aerospace Industries Association began outreach on this issue to then-candidate Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The White House is asking Congress to reallocate $65 million from the Department of Energy to the National Nuclear Security Administration for "engineering development, and any subsequent phases, of a low-yield nuclear weapon."
China has announced plans to end restrictions on foreign ownership of aircraft manufacturing companies within the country. Currently, a Chinese firms must own 51% of any aircraft company in China.
The International Air Transport Association is supporting efforts by the International Civil Aviation Organization to create an international drone registry. "The intention at present is to merge this activity into the ICAO registry for manned aircraft, so that the sector has a single consolidated registry network," said ICAO spokesman Anthony Philbin.
The Commerce Department is preparing to take over responsibility of space traffic management from the Air Force. "The regulatory framework is over 25 years old and no longer meets the burgeoning needs of space markets," said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
The National Reconnaissance Office is prioritizing the use of commercial space technologies as it seeks to become more agile in research and development. "Commercial space will be fully leveraged in satisfying user needs and fully considered in the development of every future space system," NRO Director Betty Sapp said.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry has identified 28 Pentagon agencies for across-the-board spending reductions in an effort to save $25 billion in three years. The cuts would eliminate seven agencies.