The Pentagon is updating the 2016 National Military Strategy to align with the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy.
The Aerospace Industries Association has announced the hiring of Alex Wagner as vice president and senior advisor to AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. "In prior appointments within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Wagner represented the Pentagon to the interagency, seeking to forge consensus on controversial issues where the law is either unclear or undefined -- particularly with respect to detention, drones, landmines and autonomous technologies," said AIA in a statement.
The Defense Department has set its sights on the development of a pair of sea-based nuclear weapons. The warhead for the Trident missile could be ready in two years.
The Aerospace Industries Association says current policy moves are supporting the defense and aerospace sectors, including tax reform and political support for investment in US defense. "There are a lot of things that are breaking the right way, if they are sustained," AIA spokesperson Dan Stohr said.
The Missile Defense Agency has tapped Raytheon's RTN Integrated Defense Systems company to tests sensors in the Ballistic Missile Defense System under a $641.6 million contract.
Denmark is poised to boost defense spending amid increasing tensions with Russia. "Russia's behavior has created an unpredictable and unstable security environment in the Baltic Sea region," Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.
France has taken delivery of its first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft.
Boeing is touting its latest cargo drone design, a vertical-takeoff-and-landing enabled aircraft that can carry 500 pounds. "We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we'll look back on this day as a major step in that journey," Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop said.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich highlighted the development of air taxis during his keynote address at the recent Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in Las Vegas. The Volocopter VC200 prototype was featured at the expo.
The Air Force wants to move to an open-systems platform for the software that controls missile-detecting satellites. It would be part of a $173.5 million modernization effort.