The Air Force is setting its strategy road map for electronic and cyber warfare. The F-35 is seen as a key component.
The head of the National Background Investigations Bureau says the backlog of security clearance investigations is less than 500,000, a 32% drop. Federal agencies are working to streamline the clearance under a program called Trusted Workforce 2.0 program.
Future Army helicopters and combat vehicles will require a new type of network. "There's an Army network that we're trying to integrate, and it's going to go into vehicles and it's going to go into aircraft, but then sometimes there's unique communications requirements for things like robotic vehicles that you want to build something that's sort of tailored and purpose-built to meet more stringent requirements," Maj. Gen. David Bassett says.
The use of single-aisle passenger jets on long-haul routes could change the way airlines operate. The Boeing 737-8, for example, enabled Gol Airlines to connect Orlando, Fla., and Brasilia with an eight-hour direct flight.
WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., has launched the first US medical drone delivery program approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to transport blood and urine samples from the hospital to its primary testing lab in three-minute flights on a daily basis. The flights are conducted in partnership with drone manufacturer Matternet and the United Parcel Service, using drones that can travel 12.5 miles with a load of up to 5 pounds.
Increased connectivity aboard modern passenger aircraft is bringing with it heightened vulnerability to hackers. Government researchers are attempting to understand the scope of the problem.
The Air Force is planning June launches for the Space Test Program-2 and Advanced Extremely High Frequency missions, with more launched for the Global Positioning System-3 coming the following month. The STP-2 mission will be the third launch for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy and will feature reused boosters.
Lawmakers are asking the Pentagon what role the National Guard will have relative to a proposed Space Force. "The Department of Defense has not yet decided what role the Guard and Reserve will play in this new service," Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, D-R.I., says.
Defense Department efforts to accelerate the development of hypersonic weapons means $2.5 billion in ongoing contracts for Lockheed Martin. "We have been investing in hypersonics for many, many years, and as a result of that, that's why we're leading in this trend of being able to bring capabilities forward. In terms in how the market is developing, it's basically threat-driven, if you look at what was in the National Defense Strategy, Missile Defense Review," CEO Marillyn Hewson says.
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