The Defense Department has awarded contracts to two companies to design an improved bug-bounty program that would make payments to good-guy hackers who report security vulnerabilities to the agency. The Pentagon tested the idea with a pilot program this year.
B-2 pilots say that even though the B-21 bomber will be "optionally manned," pilots will still be needed for unexpected emergencies.
Five think tanks have come up with trillions of dollars in options for the direction of US defense under the next president. Factors include dealing with the rise of China, aggression by Russia and terrorism by the Islamic State group.
F-35 deliveries to Japan and Israel should remain on schedule. "Rapid progress is being made in fixing 15 operational F-35A aircraft needing modifications to repair non-compliant Polyalphaolefin (PAO) coolant tubes," according to the F-35 Joint Program Office.
Authorities are concerned that Acars, a system used for air traffic control and to provide status updates about various aircraft components during flights, could be vulnerable to hacking. The system lacks some of the safeguards that protect more modern systems.
Lockheed Martin is pursuing a partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to create Japan's homegrown stealth fighter aircraft. Japan is working to expand its military capabilities, including replacing its fighter jet fleet.
The Air Force is working to protect its computer networks and onboard aviation systems against cyberthreats. "If some piece of cyber malware gets in there, it can take that plane out for the duration," said Todd Probert of contractor Raytheon.
Boom Technology is leading the way in supersonic commercial passenger aircraft with its design capable of Mach 2.2 while seating 50 passengers. The company says it could utilize two off-the-shelf engine cores.
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