Senate Democrats are pushing back against the latest short-term spending bill that would keep the federal government running. The House passed a continuing resolution Thursday night in a 230-197 vote to fund the government. The Senate has until 11:59 p.m. today to reach an accord.
The US will have to contend with competition from the might of China and Russia in a defense environment of "long-term strategic competition," according to the latest National Defense Strategy.
Order volumes for Boeing and Airbus commercial jets have beat expectations and show no signs of a slowdown. Both companies ended 2017 with 900-plus orders, and both are working through record backlogs.
A yearlong continuing resolution would stifle the Air Force's B-21 Raider program. "We would be limited to the FY17 funding level, which is far below the FY18 budget request. This will have the effect of postponing delivery of the critical strategic capability to the joint warfighter," Undersecretary Matt Donovan said.
Investment in the ground-based midcourse defense system should not be withheld based on current test results, writes Rebeccah Heinrichs, a Hudson Institute senior fellow. She cites pressure to perform perfectly as a factor slowing down the program.
The Government Accountability Office is reviewing the Federal Aviation Administration's "aircraft registry transparency" following requests by lawmakers. The agency has been accused of sloppy bookkeeping when it comes to general aviation pilots and aircraft.
The Aerospace Industries Association has congratulated the Commercial Aviation Safety Team/Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing for winning the 2018 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the "Commercial, Safety" category. "We applaud the work of the CAST/ASIAS initiative and the recognition of its accomplishments by the Aviation Week Network," AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning said.
The Senate Commerce Committee has advanced the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., to head NASA and Barry Myers to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Defense Innovation Board says the Pentagon struggles with adopting innovations and is fooling itself with "innovation theater." The board is considering a list of recommendations for the Defense Department, including a fast-track program for technology and the creation of an incubator.
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