President Donald Trump announced the new strategy for the ongoing war in Afghanistan on Monday, focusing on "killing terrorists" rather than nation-building. Trump will keep troops in Afghanistan without relying on "arbitrary timetables" and has approved the addition of 4,000 troops to the country.
Boeing and Northrop Grumman have been awarded contracts to possibly replace the US arsenal of aging Minuteman III nuclear missiles, the Air Force said Monday. The work is expected to be done in 2020.
Adding 300 off-the-shelf light attack aircraft to the Air Force fleet would help the service put more trained but less-experienced pilots to work faster. Currently, the Air Force is training more pilots than squadrons have room for.
Testing of Bombardier's Global 7000 will continue as planned despite a flameout incident earlier this month. On Aug. 16, a GE Aviation Passport engine stalled at 41,000 feet, prompting a single-engine landing.
NASA is in the preliminary design phase of creating a missile that could change the trajectory of asteroids that threaten Earth. NASA has identified an asteroid that the Double Asteroid Redirection Test could target in 2022 and 2024.
President Donald Trump's pick of Scott Garrett to head the Export-Import Bank has caused free-market advocates and pro-business trade groups to pressure Senate Republicans to vote according to their respective agendas. "The logjam over the Ex-Im Bank is just the most recent battle in the ongoing ideological war within the GOP between its pro-business wing and the free-market absolutists," said analyst Isaac Boltansky of Compass Point Research & Trading.
The Office of Management and Budget is warning Congress that passage of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act could trigger Budget Control Act spending cuts if lawmakers fail to raise 2018 spending limits. "If the 2018 discretionary caps remain unchanged, this report estimates that, if enacted, the actions to date by the House of Representatives would result in a sequestration of $72.4 billion in the defense category," according to OMB.
JetBlue Airways announced it will introduce three new daily flights from Atlanta, beginning March 8, 2018. The airline will fly once a day to Orlando, Fla., and twice a day to New York's JFK airport and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We are excited to bring our award-winning service and low fares to even more markets from Atlanta," said JetBlue executive Marty St. George.
American Airlines Cargo has chosen Heavyweight Air Express to serve as its general sales agent in the United Arab Emirates. HAE also handles American's sales in several African countries.
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