Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford says the US and China are committed to working out their differences. Dunford is in Beijing meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Joint Staff Chief and People's Liberation Army Gen. Fang Fenghui.
The Air Force is upgrading its Middle East command center in Qatar. The Combined Air Operations Center will get new software for its classified computer systems that track the air campaigns taking place in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
A total of 995 general aviation aircraft were delivered through the first half of 2017 with a value of $9 billion. Shipments increased 2.7% over 2016, but the value of the aircraft was down 3.4% for the period.
As the small-satellite industry grows, companies are keen to avoid intrusive government regulation. Scientific Systems is calling for self-regulation by the industry to address potential collisions and similar issues that otherwise would attract regulatory attention from the federal government.
NASA's Mars 2020 mission will require its rover to exhibit a new level of autonomy and artificial intelligence. "Work we are doing today focuses not so much on general intelligence but on trying to allow systems to be more independent, more self-reliant, more autonomous," said NASA's Kelly Fong.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Aerojet Rocketdyne's John Schumacher are reportedly on the Trump administration's short list to fill the No. 1 and 2 spots at NASA. Bridenstine is said to be Trump's pick for the role of NASA administrator.
Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx, credited his company's exceptional 2017 -- reporting $60 billion in revenue for the fiscal year ending in May -- with its focus on investment, integration and innovation. "FedEx has never been better positioned for significant long-term growth that delivers increased value to shareowners and a more promising future for our team members," he wrote in a letter to shareholders.
In a featured Q&A, David Abney, chairman and CEO of UPS, says roads and bridges in disrepair cause delays that in turn lead to lost profits. "We have about 100,000 drivers, and if we have a five-minute congestion delay on each of those drivers every day, that's $105 million a year," he said.
Bill Flynn, CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, discusses his company's increased focus on express shipping over heavy freight, a shift that led Atlas to sign an agreement to provide services for Amazon.com. Flynn said 70% of Atlas' freighter fleet will be devoted to express services by 2018.