In a few weeks, Bombardier says it will distribute an update on the flight test schedule of its new CSeries aircraft. Philippe Poutissou, marketing vice president for the company's business jet segment, said in October that Bombardier was upgrading its Parker Aerospace fly-by-wire system prior to testing the aircraft in "normal" mode.
Boeing completed the first test flight of its 787 Dreamliner with a retooled lithium-ion battery system on Monday. The flight, with six crew members aboard, lasted about two hours. "The crew reports that the flight went according to plan," said spokesman Marc Birtel.
Several Republican lawmakers have indicated they are willing to consider a White House budget proposal that would significantly reduce Pentagon budget cuts put in place by sequestration. "I would consider any plan that avoids sequestration," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Russia could renegotiate its missile defense pact with the U.S., according to the Pentagon. Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu indicated during a phone call with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday that he wants to return to the negotiating table.
The U.S. has agreed to provide support for South Korea in the event of an attack or "provocation" by North Korea. A statement released by the U.S. offered few details about what would constitute a provocation, but one South Korean official cited a 2010 shelling of Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea.