The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin are in the final stages of negotiations for what looks to be the largest F-35 order to date, likely including at least 250 aircraft.
The Pentagon says laser weapons are in sight and could be available for battle within a few years. "You're going to see in upcoming budgets for missile defense a renewed emphasis on laser scaling across several technologies because we feel we have to do that," says Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.
Civilian supersonic jets being developed by NASA in partnership with Boom Technology and Aerion Supersonic may attract interest from the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works is among the defense firms involved in the project.
General Andre Lanata, who recently took his post as head of NATO's Allied Command Transformation, called upon tech startups to help the alliance pick up the pace of innovation. This week 10 startups and small companies gave the command their pitches for ways to defeat large clusters of airborne and land-based drones.
More construction companies are using drones, and those that have a culture of safety can use them to help decrease risk at job sites. Drones can be used to inspect roofs and other areas that are hard to get to, which can reduce safety risks.
Boeing will begin assembling the airframe for its Phantom Express spaceplane next year. Phantom Express is designed to be reusable and serve a rapid mission tempo.
Defense Department Undersecretary Ellen Lord has "no fundamental concerns" regarding the proposed merger between Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies. The Department of Defense and regulators are reviewing the proposal.
The National Defense Strategy Commission is warning that the US has let its military lead falter and risks losing should it go to war with Russia or China in the present state. "US military superiority is no longer assured and the implications for American interests and American security are severe," the commission says.
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