Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David Melcher has been named to Executive Mosaic's 2016 Wash100 list of influential leaders in government contracting. Melcher took the helm at AIA in June 2015. Melcher was also named to the 2014 list as head of Exelis.
Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh is calling for investment in new, cutting-edge platforms. "The platforms and systems that made us great over the last 50 years will not make us great over the next 50 years," Welsh said in comments before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is pushing back against recent overtures by leading Republicans to increase spending on defense. He said another showdown over defense spending would risk a government shutdown.
Lockheed Martin has confirmed that it will pitch its T-50A aircraft as a replacement to the fleet of T-38 training jets now used by the Air Force. Lockheed developed the T-50A with Korea Aerospace Industries.
NASA could scrap the InSight Mars lander program after a glitch is forcing the agency to miss its planned March mission, which was scheduled for a launch window that opens only once every two years. "We are making a decision in the March time frame as to whether we will continue support to InSight for the next launch opportunity in 2018, or go some other route," said NASA CFO David Radzanowski.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan says the F-35A will hit a price point between $80 million and $85 million by 2019, and go even lower from there. The next lots of the aircraft will come in at about $100 million per plane, Bogdan said.
Saudi Arabia and other allies have pledged to step up their efforts to fight the Islamic State following meetings with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Carter has said some countries aren't doing enough to battle the militant group. Countries vowing to do more include Romania, Poland and Denmark.
The Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine is crucial to making sure the Air Force does not face a "gap" in access to space, said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, speaking before a Senate panel.
The Aerospace Industries Association believes that President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget request does not provide the funding needed to ensure safe air transportation, make America more secure, promote space exploration and ensure a vibrant and innovative industrial base. If this budget is adopted, we will fail to address the serious mismatch between our resources and the new threats and challenges our nation faces today. Read more here.
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