Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan says his job is to "drive change at scale" at the Pentagon and is bringing some best practices from his time at Boeing. "Instead of developing our own unique solutions to every problem, we should use commercial best practices whenever it makes sense," he says.
Bahrain is buying F-16 Fighting Falcons and Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopters to modernize its air power.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Glide Breaker project is seeking proposals for an interceptor capable of stopping hypersonic weapons such as Russia's Avangard. DARPA and the Missile Defense Agency each have counterhypersonics programs in the works.
BAE Systems and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are developing systems to allow fourth-generation aircraft to control drones. The system eventually could be used aboard the F-35, F-16 and F-15.
Boeing is anticipating future orders from Northeast Asia as carriers update their fleets. Embraer also is eyeing the market, anticipating demand for the E-Jet E2.
The NASA Astrobiology Institute is being replaced with a research network. "The NAI has been incredibly successful at fulfilling its original mandate of creating and building an interdisciplinary community of astrobiologists from the ground up," NASA's Lori Glaze says.
NATO recently began training exercises in Norway, where GPS system failures have been attributed to Russian hackers. In some cases, planes flying en route to airports in northern Norway and Finland reported losing GPS satellite signals while in transit, forcing pilots to rely on alternate navigation systems.
The Defense Department's task force created to improve cybersecurity is expected to keep working for the foreseeable future. "This is not a 'quick-fix' task force," DOD spokesman Joseph Buccino says, noting that the "loss of technology and data critical to our national security is a long-term problem."
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