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3/19/2019

Despite investing billions of dollars in cybersecurity, the US is woefully unprepared for attacks from foreign adversaries, especially in the private sector, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday. Companies, schools and other public entities are at a growing risk, Nielsen said during a talk at George Washington University, "and until now our government has done far too little to back them up."

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The Hill
3/19/2019

Companies like Bell Helicopter are working to develop flying taxis. Conversations about the technology were prevalent at SXSW, where AIA released its Vision 2050 report. AIA predicts the use of flying taxis and other autonomous drones will be widespread, thanks mainly to artificial intelligence.

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Daily Mail (London)
3/19/2019

Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems are integrating MBDA SPEAR and Meteor missiles into F-35 weapons systems, with plans to add Raytheon Paveway IV missiles in the future. "This initial package of work officially commences the integration of Meteor and SPEAR and will enhance the operational capability of the UK's Lightning Force in the future; it is also a positive step for the wider F-35 enterprise as it adds additional capability choice for international customers," MBDA's Cliff Waldwyn says.

3/19/2019

Serbia has ordered three Airbus H215 helicopters for delivery beginning in 2021. The country previously committed to the purchase of nine H145M helicopters.

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FlightGlobal (U.K.)
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Airbus
3/19/2019

India's Defense Research and Development Organization and the Air Force Research Laboratory are jointly developing an air-launched drone for cargo planes under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative.

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Defense News
3/19/2019

The Federal Aviation Administration is expanding the use of the cost-saving Data Communications digital technology program to more airports. As of 2018, 62 airports were using it.

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AIN Online
3/19/2019

Mark Dickinson, Inmarsat's vice president of satellite operations, highlights the issue of space debris. He calls on satellite operators to "share key satellite operations information elements including planned maneuvers, spacecraft characteristics, and Radio Frequency (RF) information."

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Via Satellite online
3/19/2019

The first commercial launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket has been slated for next month. The rocket will carry a Lockheed Martin-built Arabsat-6A satellite into orbit.

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Falcon Heavy
3/19/2019

Intelligence programs would receive a 6% boost under the White House's 2020 budget proposal. This includes $22.95 billion for military intelligence programs and $62.8 billion for intelligence agencies.

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The Hill
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White House
3/19/2019

JetBlue Airways President and Chief Operating Officer Joanna Geraghty talks about the airline's possible plans to offer service to London, how JetBlue encourages girls to consider STEM careers and the importance of keeping in touch with workers. "You take care of your people; they take care of your customer. Whether its pay, benefits, tattoos or nail-polish color, we try to find solutions to make their work life better," she said.

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Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue