The Air Force wants to invest $504 million in a program to bring the latest technology to an air war. In coming years, the service could invest $11 billion in research and development efforts.
Small satellite launches, drones and hypersonic weapons are all part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's $3.44 billion budget request.
This analysis underscores the importance of drone development to the future of the US military. The military is still incorporating drone technologies on the battlefield.
Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Thursday the airplane manufacturer is making progress on a deal with Brazilian plane maker Embraer. "We have structured a deal concept that will satisfy the needs of everybody involved ... [and] I am hopeful we can bring that deal to a successful conclusion," he said.
The latest Air Force budget request includes funding to create a program for small, quick satellite launches to combat enemy attacks on satellites. It would cost $192.5 million over five years and rely on commercial launch services.
Despite a pledge to return to the lunar surface, the Trump administration is calling for flat NASA budgets going forward. Space exploration goals have been repeatedly under-funded by recent administrations.
The US is falling behind in hypersonic weapons development compared to China. "We need to continue to pursue that and in a most aggressive way to ensure that we have the capabilities to both defend against China's hypersonic weapons and to develop our own offensive hypersonic weapons," Adm. Harry Harris Jr. recently told lawmakers.