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2/22/2018

The rise of China is a reality the US must face. "The addition of road-mobile ICBMs, continued improvements to Chinese nuclear submarines and associated sea-launched ballistic missiles, MIRV-capable ICBMs, and rapidly developing hypersonic glide vehicle capabilities underscore the evolution of Chinese strategic forces," Air Force Gen. John Hyten said.

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2/21/2018

On the heels of today's National Space Council meeting at the Kennedy Space Center, AIA Vice President for Space Systems Frank Slazer penned an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel calling for greater NASA funding that is aligned with the nation's strong space aspirations.

2/21/2018

Japan will reportedly buy another 20 to 25 F-35 fighter jets in the next six years, sourcing the aircraft directly from Lockheed Martin. Japan would reportedly save approximately $30 million per aircraft by procuring them directly from the US.

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2/21/2018

The State Department has given its approval for up to $1.37 billion in foreign weapons sales, including $1.2 billion in upgrades to Apache helicopters for the Netherlands.

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2/21/2018

BAE Systems is seeing strong demand for its Hawk advanced jet in the Middle East as countries there increase their fleets and seek planes for training and close-air support. "We are looking at Middle East and Gulf markets with which we have an existing relationship, particularly in the Middle East, and those accessible markets who have, or will soon replenish, their front-line fleets with fourth- and fifth-generation fighters," said BAE's Dean McCumiskey.

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2/21/2018

Boeing is collaborating with Oerlikon to develop processes for qualifying additive manufacturing firms that produce 3D-printed metallic aircraft components. "This agreement is an important step toward fully unlocking the value of powder bed titanium additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry," said Boeing's Leo Christodoulou.

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Boeing, Oerlikon
2/21/2018

The White House reportedly is getting behind efforts to ease regulations for space companies, including placing deregulation initiatives under the aegis of the Commerce Department and cutting launch rules. The administration wants to promote space ventures.

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White House, Commerce Department
2/21/2018

Bigelow Aerospace is stepping up efforts to increase its commercial space station business by establishing Bigelow Space Operations. The unit will study the market for B330 expandable space modules.

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Bigelow Aerospace, Bigelow
2/21/2018

The latest CNBC/SurveyMonkey Q1 Small Business Confidence Index surged by five points, thanks to passage of US tax reform legislation.

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CNBC
2/20/2018

The White House is considering limits on steel and aluminum imports as part of its America First policy, raising supply chain concerns among aerospace and defense companies. "We are concerned that tariffs may have an unintended impact on the global supply chains that our industry depends on," an AIA spokesman said. "It's particularly true of aluminum and steel."