The Aerospace Industries Association is supporting the Trump administration's review of the country's defense industrial capacity and supply chain. "Our industry's contributions are vital components of US national security and economic well-being and can't be taken for granted," said AIA President and CEO David Melcher.
The Top 100 global defense firms saw revenue grow in 2016, turning around five years of shrinking revenues. With $364.8 billion in total revenue, the 2016 total grew by 3.6%, and US companies represented 42 of the Top 100.
After reorganizing its defense group, Boeing is in a position to pursue more "big franchise wins," says Boeing's Leanne Caret. "Part of this is the speed by which we advance new products, be innovative, respond to customers, be listening," she said. "My goal is a year from now, two years from now, when folks look back at what we did, they're going to say we made the right decision and it resulted in more wins."
Textron will refurbish 15 Beechcraft T-6A trainer aircraft for use by Iraq's air force under an $8.8 million contract.
The recently commissioned USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier represents the latest super carrier to join the Navy fleet, but policymakers continue to grapple with right-sizing the makeup of the fleet between large carriers and lighter versions. Carriers such as the Ford are three times more expensive than smaller America-class ships.
Members of the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee are panning proposed budget cuts to the agency's Earth science program. Agency officials, meanwhile, are taking a more nuanced approach in their response, with division Director Michael Freilich saying the cuts are "significant" but not "existential."
The recent reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security bodes well for securing US network infrastructure even as other measures regarding cybersecurity languish. Insiders say the DHS bill shows that Congress may be able to make progress on cyberdeterrence legislation.
The Defense Department is leading a review of US industrial capacity ordered by President Donald Trump. The study seeks to identify shortcomings in capacity and the domestic supply chain with plans for the government to come up with solutions.
The Army is prioritizing its pursuit of all-encompassing network technology, including hosting a series of roundtables with industry players. Army chief of staff Gen. Mark Milley is heading up the effort.
The Navy needs a force of 355 ships to be operational in the 2020s, a goal that would dramatically increase the pace of shipbuilding. The service plans to improve networking between assets as it waits for new ships to come on line.
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