Trump administration proposals to cut approximately $300 million from the Federal Aviation Administration are being criticized by the Aerospace Industries Association for threatening research and the NextGen program. "The NextGen modernization program represents the future of the nation's aviation infrastructure," said AIA's David Silver.
Raytheon's work on the Army/Navy transportable radar system for the UAE could reach $740.9 million after the latest contract modification.
Delta Air Lines may be among the first to buy Boeing's developmental mid-market passenger plane. "Delta finds it to be an interesting concept and could be a long-term replacement for some 757s and 767s," Delta's Morgan Durrant said.
Frank Slazer, the vice president of space systems for the Aerospace Industries Association, says it "will be very hard to turn ISS into a truly commercial outpost because of the international agreements that the United States is involved in. It's inherently always going to be an international construct that requires US government involvement and multinational cooperation."
The Defense Department will invest $2 billion in new global positioning system satellites that can stand up to electronic attacks by US enemies. The competition to build 22 GPS 3 satellites for the Air Force will begin next year.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says 15 of 29 member countries are on track to meet the defense spending goal set by the alliance by 2024. "Clearly NATO has reversed what was a downward trend, and so now we're well into the second year, I believe, where the nations are spending more on defense," Defense Secretary James Mattis said.