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8/22/2017

Boeing and Northrop Grumman have been awarded contracts to possibly replace the US arsenal of aging Minuteman III nuclear missiles, the Air Force said Monday. The work is expected to be done in 2020.

8/22/2017

Adding 300 off-the-shelf light attack aircraft to the Air Force fleet would help the service put more trained but less-experienced pilots to work faster. Currently, the Air Force is training more pilots than squadrons have room for.

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Air Force
8/22/2017

Testing of Bombardier's Global 7000 will continue as planned despite a flameout incident earlier this month. On Aug. 16, a GE Aviation Passport engine stalled at 41,000 feet, prompting a single-engine landing.

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American Machinist
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GE Aviation
8/22/2017

NASA is touting the progress of its Orion program, including two successful test flights and final assembly work by Lockheed Martin. The next step is for Orion to fly on the Space Launch System.

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SpaceFlight Insider
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Orion, NASA, Lockheed Martin, SLS
8/22/2017

NASA is in the preliminary design phase of creating a missile that could change the trajectory of asteroids that threaten Earth. NASA has identified an asteroid that the Double Asteroid Redirection Test could target in 2022 and 2024.

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PRI
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NASA
8/22/2017

President Donald Trump's pick of Scott Garrett to head the Export-Import Bank has caused free-market advocates and pro-business trade groups to pressure Senate Republicans to vote according to their respective agendas. "The logjam over the Ex-Im Bank is just the most recent battle in the ongoing ideological war within the GOP between its pro-business wing and the free-market absolutists," said analyst Isaac Boltansky of Compass Point Research & Trading.

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Politico
8/22/2017

The Office of Management and Budget is warning Congress that passage of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act could trigger Budget Control Act spending cuts if lawmakers fail to raise 2018 spending limits. "If the 2018 discretionary caps remain unchanged, this report estimates that, if enacted, the actions to date by the House of Representatives would result in a sequestration of $72.4 billion in the defense category," according to OMB.

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Federal News Radio
8/21/2017

General Atomics CEO Linden Blue believes US restrictions on drone sales to allies has helped China build its drone export base. "They are going to learn how to provision spare parts, they are going to learn what kind of maintenance is really necessary, they're going to learn how to integrate the UAVs into those local militaries' other assets and after a few years they will become an inextricable part of those countries' militaries," he said.

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Defense News
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General Atomics
8/21/2017

The $1.25 billion sale of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to Romania has won State Department approval. Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor for the sale, which includes 54 launchers and 81 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

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Defense News
8/21/2017

Raytheon has delivered 4,000 Tomahawk Block IV missiles to the Navy as the service prepares for upgrades to its oldest Block IV long-range strike missiles. "When a country sees a cruiser or destroyer sitting off its coast, one of the primary reasons they are concerned because they know about the capabilities the Tomahawk brings," said Navy Capt. Mark Johnson.

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Defense News
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Navy, Raytheon