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8/18/2017

David Pekoske, the new administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, visited Boston's Logan International Airport on Thursday to introduce himself. "I find that the folks in TSA are very mission-focused," he said.

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8/18/2017

Lockheed Martin is exploring new domains for its comprehensive set of purpose-built missiles, including the potential for taking its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement beyond land-based deployments. "When you start mixing and matching, can you find other areas where these existing systems can come to bear, and we are finding, yes, the answer is yes, they can," said Lockheed's Tim Cahill.

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8/18/2017

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded Boeing a contract modification valued at $7.1 billion for sustainment of C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft into 2021.

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8/18/2017

General Atomics is close to landing a major international customer for its Avenger drone. The company is in discussions with the unnamed buyer for a potential 90-drone order, said President David Alexander.

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8/18/2017

Japan is looking to add to its missile defense systems as it considers a continued threat from North Korea. The country also wants to expand its defense pact with the US.

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8/18/2017

Boeing has been overhauling its fabrication facility in Helena, Mont., to manufacture titanium parts for the 777X. The company finished increasing the size of the facility last month and now plans to install new machinery.

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8/18/2017

The Air Force is staffing up its new A11 space office, including appointing Shawn Barnes as the assistant deputy chief of staff. Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln will serve in a mobilization assistant role to the Space Operations' deputy chief of staff.

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8/18/2017

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried NASA's latest communications satellite into orbit Friday after a successful liftoff from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, dubbed TDRS-M, will be part of a ground-to-space communications constellation.

8/18/2017

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pushing for Republican Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham to oppose Scott Garrett's nomination to the US Export-Import Bank, citing Garrett's known opposition to the bank and its mission. "Boeing and GE are in the state, but the reality is, the suppliers to Boeing and GE are small manufacturers, who indirectly benefit from the Export-Import Bank," said chamber President Ted Pitts.

8/18/2017

Army Maj. Gen. David Bassett says stable funding is essential to the service's ability to modernize its tank and vehicle fleets, including the new Stryker armored vehicle. Bassett cites funding provided by Congress in 2016 for the Stryker program.