Retired Lt. Col. Richard Cole, 103, the last surviving member of World War II's Doolittle Raid, describes the beginning of US Air Force Special Operations. He flew missions in Burma during World War II, such as flying supplies as part of the 1st Air Commando Group, the predecessor of the Air Force Special Ops. "[T]he object was to invade Burma by towing gliders so that you can take stuff in and take stuff out," he said.
The UK and Sweden are advancing talks regarding joint development of the Tempest fighter jet.
Upcoming contracts with the Pentagon will include new language regarding cybersecurity and data protection. "Working with our partners in the defense industry and research enterprise, we must ensure the integrity of our classified information, controlled unclassified information and key data," Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle has received NASA's Category 3 certification, allowing its use on priority science missions on the highest level. "LSP Category 3 certification is a major achievement for the Falcon 9 team and represents another key milestone in our close partnership with NASA," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell says.
EU regulators are expected to give conditional antitrust authorization to France-based Thales' $5.4 billion acquisition of chipmaker Gemalto, according to a source. The purchase will add to Thales' digital security services capabilities.
After reports of initial friction, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron held a joint interview Saturday urging greater European defense spending to provide for European security. The leaders met for a "substantial" and "very constructive" hour-long talk prior to the interview.
Democratic control of the House is expected to bring controversial issues to the forefront, including US-Saudi relations and the establishment of a Space Force military branch.
The Aerospace Industries Association is calling on Congress and the president "to provide steady and stable growth" in defense spending for 2020, asking that the US not "backtrack on military investment." The White House has told the Pentagon to cut $33 billion from its planned 2020 budget.
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