President Donald Trump is reportedly shifting away from plans to cut defense spending for 2020 in favor of a $750 billion budget. "With the help of Sen. [James] Inhofe and [Armed Services Committee] Chairman [Rep. Mac] Thornberry, President Trump agreed to $750 billion top line," one official says.
The F-35 is living up to its "central role" in defense for the US and allies. "More than a fighter jet, the F-35's ability to collect, analyze and share data is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, sea and ground-based assets in the battlespace, while ensuring our war fighters can execute their mission and return home safe," writes Vice Adm. Mat Winter of the F-35 Joint Program Office.
Japan is putting its defense budget on a five-year growth track, with plans to invest $240 billion by 2024. Japan recently ordered its second Boeing KC-46 tanker aircraft.
Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre are advancing recycling of aircraft composite material as Boeing plans to recycle the majority of excess carbon fiber produced across 11 plants. "Recycling composites will eventually be as commonplace as recycling aluminum and titanium," Kevin Bartelson, Boeing's 777 wing operations leader, says.
Bombardier anticipates sales growth from Middle East customers, especially the UAE. "In spite of the global economic uncertainties in 2018, the Middle East remains a solid market for Bombardier," the company's Khader Mattar says.
Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, says lawmakers will likely reach a deal on 2019 funding for federal agencies, including NASA, avoiding an extended continuing resolution. "It looks very promising," he said.
SpaceX was the first commercial provider to dock with the International Space Station and is working toward ferrying astronauts to ISS aboard its Dragon spacecraft under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Boeing is developing the CST-100 Starliner under the program as well.
Despite fears of renewed trade tensions in the wake of the arrest of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says US-China trade talks are going well. He also noted that President Donald Trump was not aware of plans to detain Meng, adding that the arrest and trade talks will be treated as separate issues.
Japan appears to be planning to upgrade about 100 Boeing F-15 Eagles and is reportedly planning to purchase an additional 100 F-35 Lightning fighter jets. Boeing will support the F-15 upgrade.