Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says the Pentagon is responding to guidance from the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, but progress has been slow. Schmidt took the helm of the advisory board last year.
Private sector interest appears to be reaching critical mass when it comes to developing orbiting robots that can service satellites. A sustainable market for these services remains a decade into the future.
The space sector is predicted to hit $2.7 trillion over the next 30 years. Major powers such as the US and China are likely to be rivals in space.
The Air Force has contracted with Boeing to deliver 10 communications upgrade kits for the B-52 bomber.
The US State Department has cleared the proposed sale of Raytheon's Patriot missile defense system to Poland in a deal that could be worth $10.5 billion.
Turkey's decision to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system could mean US sanctions, though US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison says allies continue to work with Turkey on the issue. The Russian system poses interoperability problems for NATO.