The Boeing Co.'s Current Market Outlook report projects that the airline industry will need more than 2.1 million new workers to fill pilot, technician and cabin crew positions over the next 20 years.
Technology that enables aircraft components to store energy could solve one of the hurdles of electric flight, eliminating the added weight of batteries. Current battery technology would greatly increase the weight of an electric powered aircraft, and NASA is working on solving the issue.
A new study by the Government Accountability Office concludes that the Air Force moved forward with plans to retire the A-10 Warthog without fully understanding how the A-10's role would be filled. The GAO says the full extent of the resulting capability gaps are still unknown.
Marine Corps System Command says upgrades to the M1A1 Abrams tank will provide a "hunter-killer edge." Changes include improved sights and integration of display and targeting systems.
The US is sending 16 F-35s to its base in Japan next year in the fighter jet's first overseas deployment. "The (F-35) deployment is simply upgrading the type of aircraft and is not linked to the US military realignment," said Shunsuke Takei, Japan's parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs.
The Cessna Citation Longitude is on track to perform its first flight in the coming weeks now that it has successfully completed its first round of ground engine tests. The aircraft is powered by Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines.
Jeff Williams is breaking the record for most days in space by a NASA astronaut. The 58-year-old will have spent 534 days in space when his current six-month mission aboard the International Space Station ends Sept. 6, eclipsing Scott Kelly's record.
Finland and the US are close to signing a groundbreaking defense collaboration agreement. "It would cover areas where we already work together, like military training, information sharing and research," said Jussi Niinisto, Finnish defense minister.
The Navy has tapped Raytheon to develop Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar under a $92 million contract with options that could bring the total contract to $723 million.
Congress is risking a potential government shutdown as the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year approaches. "There are not enough votes in the House to vote for a (continuing resolution) that does not reflect the increase in funding for the Department of Defense," said Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio.
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