The Army is creating a "persistent cyber training environment" for training its cyber defense personnel. "It will make a huge difference in collective training for cyber teams and improve their readiness," Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command says.
Embraer Commercial Aircraft CEO John Slattery says his company's merger with Boeing is good for customers. "If the customers feel, as a result of this, there are increased efficiencies from the OEM and those efficiencies can be passed in a meaningful way directly to the customers, then the customers are the beneficiary," he said.
Lawmakers in the House are voicing opposition to the Air Force's plan to select only two providers under the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement. The Air Force is defending its plan, saying it does not stifle competition cut out new entrants.
The American Security Drone Act of 2019, recently introduced in the House, would prevent any federal agency from procuring Chinese-made drones. Local governments would also be banned from using federal funds from buying drones made in China or other countries deemed adversaries.
The Senate Appropriations Committee wants to add $436 million to the defense budget to develop cybersecurity for 5G communications. An additional $100 million is proposed for cybersecurity for satellites and land-based missiles; National Guard cyberdefense programs; and various education programs.
NASA's UAM Grand Challenge seeks to provide a unified framework for the testing and regulatory approval of urban air mobility vehicles. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration's approval process for UAM is fragmented.
With $3.5 billion in hypersonic contracts in hand, Lockheed Martin is building a new facility in Alabama for testing and development of hypersonic weapons. "This is where we are going to put the hypersonic production capability for all three services for all of the programs we have been talking," Lockheed's Eric Scherff says.
The new Boeing-made training jet for the Air Force has been dubbed the T-7A Red Hawk in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. Boeing used digital technology to control costs when designing the new jet, winning a $9.2 billion contract to supply the trainer.
Aviation Week is predicting long term growth of commercial aircraft fleets and the maintenance, repair and overhaul sector across Asia. Fleets are expected to grow at a rate of 4.5% for the next decade.