President Donald Trump, speaking at his first NATO summit as US commander in chief, told NATO leaders that most nations aren't paying their full commitment to fund operations agreed upon during a summit in 2014, saying it's unfair to US taxpayers. NATO alliance members have pledged to spend 2% of the gross domestic product on defense, but only five member countries currently meet or exceed that amount.
The Aerospace Industries Association and 36 members are sponsoring the USA Partnership Pavilion at the Paris Air Show this year. "Our participation in the pavilion at Paris underscores our commitment to engage with worldwide beneficiaries of American defense, civil aviation and space products," said AIA President and CEO David Melcher.
Through "iterative innovation" Boeing has ensured its fighter aircraft production lines will continue into the 2020s as its aircraft retain service lives into the 2040s. "For an in-production air-superiority aircraft, nothing compares to an F-15 today," says Boeing's Steve Parker, who notes that "[n]othing flies faster, nothing goes higher, nothing carries more."
Stakeholders are watching closely as the Federal Aviation Administration prepares its response to a federal court's invalidation of the FAA online drone registry. "In the FAA trying to do this regulatory land grab, they stepped on a landmine," said attorney Jonathan Rupprecht.
Military leaders met this month with civilian aviation experts to discuss ways to address the shortage of pilots that has hit both sectors. Among the ideas: finding new ways to recruit potential pilots, utilizing technology for better pilot training and exploring the possibility of shared pilots who would fly for airlines and the military.
Industry has work to do when it comes to protecting satellites from cyberattacks, experts say. Satellites remain attractive targets, especially for nation states that want to shut down an enemy's communication capabilities.
The huge arms deal President Donald Trump struck with Saudi Arabia is facing bipartisan opposition in Congress. Senators Rand Paul, R-Ky., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Al Franken, D-Minn., have introduced legislation disapproving of the deal, while Reps. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wrote to the House Foreign Affairs Committee seeking a hearing on the precision-guided munitions sale to the Saudis.
Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., expects additional details on President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan during the next few weeks. The budget proposal indicates that $200 billion will be spent over 10 years on public-private partnership projects.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., discusses the Trump administration's 2018 budget request with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. He also offers an analysis of US foreign policy strategies and Iraqi citizens' views on security.
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