By year's end, the Army will begin field-testing the Lockheed Martin ONYX powered exoskeleton. The technology is expected to be on the battlefield in 2020.
The House version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act passed on Thursday with a vote of 351 to 66. The $717 billion policy bill seeks to grow the size of the armed forces while shrinking the Pentagon's back office functions.
Lockheed Martin has been selected as the vendor for "phased array tracking on radar to intercept advanced capability-3 missile support center post-production support" for the US and its allies under a contract valued at more than $282 million. The allies include Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.
Turkey and Britain are working on a trade agreement as Britain prepares to leave the EU, a step that could make it Turkey's top Western weapons supplier instead of the US. "Both partners have a long-term, strategic view of their cooperation on defense technologies," a British diplomat said.
Daniel Kliman of the Center for a New American Security and Brendan Thomas-Noone of the University of Sydney's United States Studies Centre highlight the global potential of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental. "DIUx could become a key platform by which the United States and its allies and partners come together to address shared military challenges -- if its next managing director and supporters in the Pentagon and Congress are prepared to seize the moment," they state.
Dan Elwell, acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration, says that "[t]he era of red tape strangling good ideas is over" for the agency. He cited partnerships with not only standard aviation entities but the latest startups in Silicon Valley to support his statement.
Karem Aircraft's Butterfly electric quadcopter showcases the type of vertical-takeoff-and-landing capabilities Uber will need to get its air taxi concept off the ground.
President Donald Trump's latest space policy directive calls on the government to ease the path for private companies to reach space. "Many innovative companies [are] working hard to build a bright future in space, and our policies should help ensure their success," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
NASA is seeking commercial providers to take payloads and cargo to the moon's surface under the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. "We have a strong push to get a lander service to the moon as quickly as possible," NASA's James Reuter said.
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