President Donald Trump met with some of the country's top executives Thursday to discuss strategies to improve trade and increase manufacturing jobs in the US. Participants included Harris Corp. CEO William Brown, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, among others.
US military branches will deliver supplemental budget requests to the Office of Management and Budget by March 1, with the Air Force confirming plans to request funds for a light aircraft flight demonstration. The Air Force could buy light attack aircraft to take pressure off of its advanced fighter jets.
Boosting missile defense systems in Japan and South Korea is a possibility after North Korea's recent ballistic missile test, according to President Donald Trump. However, he said China could handle the situation with North Korea "very easily if they want to."
Boeing's first factory in Europe is going up in Sheffield, England, and will provide parts for the 737 and 777. "Our decision to start manufacturing high-value components in the U.K. is a step-change in our engagement and a further example of Boeing's commitment to grow here," said Boeing Europe President Michael Arthur.
A SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying supplies has successfully linked up with the International Space Station. The connection was delayed by one day after an aborted attempt.
The direction NASA takes in space exploration could impact cooperation with the European Space Agency and its contribution to deep space exploration, including the Exploration Mission-1. ESA has proposed a pair of Orion service modules and the development of a propulsion system.
Defense Secretary James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford appear to be gaining influence with President Donald Trump, according to experts. "It should be reassuring that they are visible with Trump and cementing their influence," said Christine Wormuth of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Boeing is considering upgrades that will keep the F/A-18 in the skies into the 2040s, buoyed by sales to Kuwait and indications that Canada and the US will buy more of the fighter jets. The Navy could order 100 or more F/A-18s in coming years.
The Army wants to revive its short-range air defense force, including the deployment of 50 Avenger systems to Europe and the potential purchase of new Maneuver SHORAD equipment. The program has suffered due to budget shortfalls.
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