UPS will create 100 jobs over the next five years near Kansas City, Kan., as it invests $220 million in area facilities. "Kansas is at the center of the reliable UPS network to keep packages rapidly moving in all directions across the country," said Fern Shaw of UPS.
Loren Thompson points out the potential role the Aerospace Industries Association could play in helping to bring reforms to the bureaucracy-laden security clearance process in the US. "Few organizations understand the nexus between industry and government better than AIA, and reform of the clearance process needs an advocate outside the government," he writes.
The 2018 budget request for the Air Force totals $183 billion, with research and development gaining $5 billion to reach $25.4 billion. The budget includes funding for 140 security and tactical vehicles.
The Defense Department's fiscal 2018 budget request included a boost in the amount of new munitions, thanks to Defense Secretary James Mattis' intervention. The Pentagon wants to refill its stocks for the fight against the Islamic State and is asking for about $3.5 billion to buy "preferred munitions."
The Trump administration's 2018 budget request for the Defense Department includes 70 F-35s: 46 for the Air Force, 20 for the Marine Corps and four for the Navy.
The 2018 budget proposal released by the White House cuts five NASA Earth science programs and would end the agency's education office. NASA is facing $560 million in cuts under the proposal.
The Federal Aviation Administration may turn to Congress for help now that the administration's drone registration rules face a legal challenge. Some 820,000-plus drone owners have already registered.
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