Following a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says the company will help the White House lower the cost of the next Air Force One. The Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, Frank Kendall, says costs can be reduced by lowering the requirements.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson says the F-35 is "on a completely different level" than the Boeing F/A-18. "We need the F-35s," he said, noting that the F/A-18 is a fourth-generation fighter and the F-35 has fifth-generation capabilities.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., has unveiled a plan to build up the US military over five years for $430 billion more than current plans. McCain outlines the plan in a white paper, which aims to eliminate spending caps and the Navy's littoral combat ship program while increasing manpower and emerging technologies.
The Air Force is revamping aging US nuclear silos as part of the New START intercontinental ballistic missile reduction treaty.
Russia's fifth-generation fighter aircraft is gearing up for its pilot testing phase. The Russian air force will take delivery of its first five T-50 PAKFAs this year.
China's C919 jetliner could make its first flight this coming March, marking a key developmental milestone in China's quest to build a second commercial airliner. The aircraft, developed by Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, is in the pre-flight trial stage.
Russia and the US are collaborating on a potential journey to Venus, and an international team is solidifying the goals of the future mission, dubbed Venera-D. "Russia has always been interested in going back to Venus," said NASA's David Senske.
Defense Department chief weapons buyer Frank Kendall is warning Congress that rushing to reform the acquisitions process could lead to more wasteful red tape at the Pentagon. "Because everything ... gets put in statute, we have to implement to demonstrate compliance, and that adds and adds and adds to the body of regulation that is a burden to our acquisition system," he said.
Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David Melcher is praising Sen. John McCain's $640 billion plan to update the US military as a "strong first step," noting AIA's stance that national security has long been underfunded in the US. "AIA believes it is critical that Congress appropriate adequate funds, achieve an appropriate balance among accounts funding force modernization as well as readiness and operations, and do so both consistently and on time," he said.
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