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2/22/2018

The White House Council of Economic Advisers has come out against a gas tax increase to fund the infrastructure bill, even though President Donald Trump has expressed support for such an increase. "[T]he gas tax's current design isn't really a 21st century design," said Kevin Hassett, the council's chairman; the council does support using tolls.

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CNBC
2/22/2018

Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, is expressing support for the Trump administration's infrastructure plan, saying some of the ideas in the 53-page document are "surprisingly innovative." He says that several of the proposed programs would benefit his region, and he supports the plan's efforts to shorten the project approval process.

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Smart Highways online
2/22/2018

IBTTA is now accepting applications from individuals who would like to serve on the IBTTA Board of Directors in 2019 and beyond. Learn more about IBTTA's Board and how to apply here.

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ibtta.org
2/22/2018

South Korean and Thai forces joined US Marines on Saturday for a drill that was part of the Cobra Gold exercises in Thailand. In all, more than 11,000 service members from 29 nations are participating in the series of exercises, including 6,800 US troops.

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The Associated Press
2/22/2018

The US Navy says it is committed to patrolling wherever international law allows in the South China Sea despite China's military buildup in the region. "International law allows us to operate here, allows us to fly here, allows us to train here, allows us to sail here, and that's what we're doing and we're going to continue to do that," Lt. Cmdr. Tim Hawkins said aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Philippines.

2/22/2018

The Trump administration's proposed fiscal 2019 budget would set aside $18 million for the first eight over-the-horizon missiles for the Navy's littoral combat ships. In addition, the Navy plans to acquire 12 of the missiles annually from 2020 to 2022 and 20 in fiscal 2023.

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Military online
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Navy, Trump administration
2/22/2018

An $11.9 million service contract is going to General Dynamics for the Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement program. The contract includes options for onboard electronic warfare countermeasures providing early detection and protection from anti-ship missiles.

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General Dynamics
2/22/2018

The Navy's Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers will take on new missions as anti-surface, offensive strike platforms if funding for their conversion is approved by Congress. The changes would include integration of Raytheon's long-range anti-air and anti-surface SM-6 missile in addition to the Tomahawk missile's Maritime Strike variant.

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Defense News
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Navy, Raytheon, Congress
2/22/2018

DNV GL is addressing the problem of stern tube bearing failure with new class rules for single stern tube bearing installations and two class notations. The changes focus on bearing damages most commonly observed in the aft-most part of the aft bearing during starboard turns on right-handed propeller installations.

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Marine Log
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DNV GL
2/22/2018

Five companies will be producing conceptual designs for the Navy's future FFG(X) frigate under $15 million in newly awarded contracts. The companies are Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Austal USA, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Italy's Fincantieri.

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Defense News