President Donald Trump is calling for NATO allies, especially Germany, to meet the organization's target of investing 2% of economic output for defense. "We're still waiting on 20 member states to meet their NATO commitments and spend at least 2% on defense. And 2% is a very low number. The number really should be 4%," Trump said.
John "Jay" Gibson II, the Pentagon's first chief management officer, has set a goal of finding efficiencies within the Defense Department's massive bureaucracy in order to boost investment in war-fighting capabilities. This approach is already being applied to how the military contracts for medical services.
Sikorsky has delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion to the Marine Corps for final testing ahead of a 2019 go-live date.
Phil Straub of Garmin aviation highlights the contribution of general aviation to the Kansas economy, citing 90,000 jobs in the state connected to the industry. He praised the House and Senate for supporting general aviation in Federal Aviation Administration funding measures.
The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act now making its way through the House would give the Defense Department oversight of military space payloads that are placed on private launches. Hitching rides on commercial launches offers "opportunities to increase resiliency and capacity," said Todd Harrison, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Defense Department is expected to bid out its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract for cloud services soon, worth up to $10 billion over a decade. The vendor will be responsible for protecting national nuclear secrets.
The Navy has tapped Raytheon for a $242.1 million contract to produce the vessel self-defense Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 system. RAM is a lightweight, supersonic, fire-and-forget weapon designed to target enemy surface craft, aircraft and helicopters.
The Army plans to keep its fleet of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters flying for another two decades, with potential upgrades to include laser weapons and a compound wing. "You're not going to replace 791 Apaches overnight," said Richard Tyler, deputy project manager of the Apache Attack Helicopter program.