The Aerospace Industries Association is cautiously optimistic that defense spending will increase under the Trump administration. "AIA is calling for base defense spending to increase from the $539 billion agreed to in the recent National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 to $620 billion in the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriation," writes AIA president and CEO David Melcher.
A "Trump Doctrine" could build the defense capabilities of allies using weapons manufactured by US defense companies, says Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO David Melcher. "On Day One, President Trump should direct the departments of State, Defense and Commerce to develop a National Security Cooperation Strategy and ask for the resources and support from Congress to successfully execute this strategy," he writes.
The Air Force's first draft for replacement of its UH-1N Huey helicopter fleet calls for new aircraft to be able to carry at least nine troops while reaching cruise speeds of at least 135 knots. The Air Force is looking for significant improvements in speed, range, endurance, payload and survivability in its future helicopters, according to the draft.
The exhibit "Design, Build, Fly" is set to open in December 2017 at the Exploration Place museum in Wichita, Kansas. The museum is working with aviation companies and others to design the exhibit, with the aim of encouraging children to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
TeamIndus has announced a contract with the Indian Space Research Organization for its lunar lander mission. TeamIndus is competing for the Google Lunar X Prize.
Raytheon is making progress in the development of ground-based control stations for the latest-generation of GPS satellites, according to the Department of Defense. The program is behind schedule, but DOD is optimistic Raytheon will deliver, according to Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall.
President-elect Donald Trump may have difficulty keeping his promise to raise defense spending when he takes office, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. It comes down to ending sequestration, and Graham says deals will need to be made with Democrats, who insist that military spending increases be matched by nondefense spending.
President-elect Donald Trump has officially chosen retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his defense secretary nominee. Mattis is among several former military leaders that Trump is eyeing for top cabinet and national security posts.
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