The latest spending measure from Congress will require the Air Force to obtain congressional permission before diverting funds from the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System program, a move that could stall Air Force plans to cancel the program. The bill states that the "proposal to cancel JSTARS recapitalization, pursue alternatives, and ensure no duplication between efforts requires careful consideration by Congress through the fiscal year 2019 budget process."
The State Department has approved $1 billion in foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia, including $670 million for 6,700 Raytheon anti-tank missiles.
Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that most commercial drone flights will be autonomous by 2022. "This innovation will create new industry opportunities as drones will be used as a tool to make operations more efficient while drone maintenance and security will become prominent areas for revenue stream development," the company says.
Appropriations legislation recently passed by Congress includes $600 million for the Air Force to purchase a pair of Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM satellites. The Air Force did not ask for money for the satellites.
Aerospace Industries Association's recent briefing before the House Aerospace Caucus underscored the need for predictable long-term funding for the Defense Department, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration. "A lot of what these three agencies do gets spread over many years because of continuing resolutions, government shutdowns, late budget deals," said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning.
Congress has released details of a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the government and avoid a shutdown, and it includes $80 billion more for defense. The Trump administration has indicated it will support the bill.
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