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3/21/2019

The Defense Department will develop offensive hypersonic weapons before focusing on defensive systems to combat hypersonics. "The defensive aspect, we're making significant investment in the underlying technologies and the knowledge necessary to move forward aggressively to build a system, and I suspect that's not very far behind," Mike White, Pentagon assistant director for hypersonics, says.

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3/21/2019

The Army is prioritizing the development of new missiles starting in 2020, including a future interceptor, a hypersonic missile and a mobile-capable medium-range missile.

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3/21/2019

Boeing will produce 78 F/A 18 fighter jets for the Navy and has received a $4 billion contract for materials.

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3/21/2019

Airbus is giving the public a glimpse of its second BelugaXL aircraft, MSN1853. This could be the first BelugaXL to enter service in the future.

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3/21/2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Reactor on a Rocket program wants to create a nuclear thermal propulsion system that can be assembled in space. "The program will initially develop the use of additive manufacturing approaches to print NTP fuel elements," according to DARPA's budget proposal.

3/21/2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says the US needs to "grow our margin of dominance in space," touting the potential for the Space Force to accelerate the development of military space capabilities. He notes that China's program is advancing quickly and sent 38 rockets into orbit last year.

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3/21/2019

SpaceX not only will launch its Mars Starship in Florida but will build it in the state too. "The possibilities are endless. I love what it's doing for space exploration," NASA's Jon Cowart says.

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3/21/2019

Germany and France's plan to jointly develop a fighter aircraft faces serious challenges, Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia says. "The first problem is a misalignment in foreign policies and arms-sales practices," he writes.

3/21/2019

An ongoing rivalry between the US and China in space has serious military implications, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency. "For the US and China, space is clearly a frontier of strategic competition," Elsa Kania of the Center for New American Security says.

3/21/2019

Charlie Leocha of Travelers United writes that there is no need to increase passenger facility charges paid by airline passengers, as proposed by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. "A tax increase, even if painful, could be justified if airports were running out of money and struggling to raise new funds. But they're not, which means there's no reason for DeFazio to make travel more expensive," writes Leocha.

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