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11/15/2018

China has sent a written response to the US regarding its repeated demands for Chinese concessions in the ongoing trade dispute, according to three separate US government sources. The content of the response has yet to be disclosed, but it is hoped it will represent an easing in relations ahead of a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping.

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11/14/2018

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin are in the final stages of negotiations for what looks to be the largest F-35 order to date, likely including at least 250 aircraft.

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11/14/2018

The Pentagon says laser weapons are in sight and could be available for battle within a few years. "You're going to see in upcoming budgets for missile defense a renewed emphasis on laser scaling across several technologies because we feel we have to do that," says Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.

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11/14/2018

Germany has budgeted $6.3 billion for 2019 to replace its heavy transport helicopter fleet. Germany is considering the Sikorsky CH-53 and Boeing CH-47E.

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11/14/2018

Civilian supersonic jets being developed by NASA in partnership with Boom Technology and Aerion Supersonic may attract interest from the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works is among the defense firms involved in the project.

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11/14/2018

General Andre Lanata, who recently took his post as head of NATO's Allied Command Transformation, called upon tech startups to help the alliance pick up the pace of innovation. This week 10 startups and small companies gave the command their pitches for ways to defeat large clusters of airborne and land-based drones.

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11/14/2018

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says the US and China have a shared economic interest in aerospace. "We think both countries are interested in a mutually successful aerospace ecosystem," he said.

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11/14/2018

More construction companies are using drones, and those that have a culture of safety can use them to help decrease risk at job sites. Drones can be used to inspect roofs and other areas that are hard to get to, which can reduce safety risks.

11/14/2018

Boeing will begin assembling the airframe for its Phantom Express spaceplane next year. Phantom Express is designed to be reusable and serve a rapid mission tempo.

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11/14/2018

Defense Department Undersecretary Ellen Lord has "no fundamental concerns" regarding the proposed merger between Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies. The Department of Defense and regulators are reviewing the proposal.

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