Boeing is pursuing "step-function improvements that are measured in 20%, 50%, 70% to 90% increments in some of our key value chains inside of our factories," CEO Dennis Muilenburg said, noting that incremental improvements are not enough for the company's aspirations. Boeing's ambitions could spark American manufacturing.
Lockheed Martin's developmental SR-72 aircraft relies on the latest digital manufacturing and design technologies. "Now we can digitally print that engine with an incredibly sophisticated cooling system integral into the material of the engine itself and have that engine survive for multiple firings for routine operation," Lockheed's Jack O'Banion said.
Boeing will develop a line of passenger aircraft seats under a joint venture with Adient. "Seats have been a persistent challenge for our customers, the industry and Boeing, and we are taking action to help address constraints in the market," Boeing's Kevin Schemm said.
Research by the Aerospace Industries Association cites the potential for a global shortfall of 85 million skilled workers in aerospace by 2020. "(The lack of aviation employees) is created by baby boomers retiring and the fact that a lot of our young people think this is an elitist occupation which they can't aspire to, which is not true," John Barry, president and CEO of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, said.
The Air Force plans to create a new three-star general role to help oversee the Colorado-based Space Command from Washington. The vice commander of Air Force Space Command will "assist the commander of Air Force Space Command with his/her responsibility to organize, train and equip space forces."
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. is concerned that another continuing resolution to keep the government running in lieu of a budget deal could cause problems for the country's military. "Sometimes when you're forced to spend all the money in a compressed period of time at the end of the fiscal year, it isn't necessarily as efficient a use of the resources as you'd want it to be," he said.
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