The Trump administration has added nine Chinese companies to the Defense Department's list of firms with Chinese military ties. These include Comac and Xiaomi Corp., banning them from US investment.
The US Joint Chiefs of Staff along with civilian and military leaders of the Air Force and Space Force have sent out letters denouncing the riots at the US capitol and calling on service members to defend the Constitution. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond signed a letter calling for the military to be "unwavering in safeguarding American ideals."
President-elect Joe Biden's team has reportedly asked Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist to serve as acting secretary of defense while Biden nominee Lloyd Austin goes through the confirmation process.
Stacy Cummings, a deputy assistant secretary for defense acquisition, has been selected to serve as the Pentagon's acquisition chief in a temporary capacity under President-elect Joe Biden. She will succeed Ellen Lord, the current undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment.
The Indonesian Army has received the first of nine Bell 412EPI helicopters from PT Dirgantara Indonesia. The aircraft are being made by Bell in the US and delivered to PTDI for final changes to meet the army's specifications.
Boeing, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems are now among defense companies that have temporarily stopped political contributions in response to recent riots that disrupted work by Congress. Currently, six of the 10 largest US defense firms are declining to make donations.
Honeywell will deliver its fourth-generation, digital cabin pressure control and monitoring system to customer Piaggio Aerospace by year's end. The fully electric CPCMS is easier to maintain and can be used by military, business, and regional airplanes.