President Donald Trump expects the recommendations in the Missile Defense Review to be fully funded, but some members of Congress see budget issues. "I will accept nothing less for our nation than the most effective, cutting-edge missile defense systems," Trump said.
The US is looking to emerging technologies to address the rising threat of new missile technologies being developed by North Korea, China and Russia. The updated Missile Defense Review addresses hypersonic missiles and defending the US.
Singapore's government says the F-35 has been selected to replace the country's fleet of approximately 60 F-16 fighter jets. "We want to procure a few planes first, to fully evaluate the capabilities of the F-35 before deciding on the acquisition of a full fleet," Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said.
The US Air Force is preparing to field fighter aircraft armed with lasers in coming years. "Laser weapons offer warfighters opportunities for quick and precise target engagement, flexibility and lighter and more responsive support logistics," an Air Force Research Laboratory spokesperson said.
Aviation groups say the pain of a prolonged government shutdown is being felt. "The shutdown has halted work on new aircraft certification, interactions between [the Federal Aviation Administration] and other nations, some aircraft registrations ... and airport construction approvals," the National Air Transportation Association said.
Blue Origin has provided an illustration of the next iteration of its large New Glenn rocket, which is being designed with a recoverable first stage.
William LaPlante, a member of the Section 809 Panel, says the US should not rush acquisition reform at the Pentagon. "When you add up everything that's happened, going back to the 2015 NDAA, on acquisition reform, there's been a lot and the system can only accept so much, so fast," he says.
The Trump administration has resubmitted its Export-Import Bank picks: Claudia Slacik, Kimberly Reed, Spencer Bachus III and Judith Delzoppo Pryor -- people the Aerospace Industries Association previously supported. "The Ex-Im Bank is incredibly important to our industry's competitiveness in the global market," AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning says.
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