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11/19/2018

The Defense Department and Homeland Security have decided how the two will coordinate when it comes to cybersecurity. A new memorandum of understanding "reflects the commitment of both departments in collaborating to improve the protection and defense of the US homeland from strategic cyber threats," according to Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra.

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Defense One
11/16/2018

The Air Force is stepping up aircraft maintenance efforts as it works to reach an 80% readiness rate for fighter aircraft. The service is on track to fill out its maintenance ranks by the end of 2018.

11/16/2018

As expected, the Defense Department will not pass its first audit. "We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn't even do the audit," Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said.

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Defense News
11/16/2018

The UK has confirmed its order for its next 17 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. So far the UK has received 16 F-35s.

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FlightGlobal (U.K.)
11/16/2018

South Korea has tapped Northrop Grumman to supply logistics support for its RQ-4 Global Hawk drones.

11/16/2018

Al-Qahtani Aviation, owner of SaudiGulf Airlines, has ordered 10 Airbus A320neo passenger planes. The sale has a list-price value of $1.1 billion.

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Airbus
11/16/2018

The Federal Communications Commission has given the green light to satellite constellations proposed by SpaceX, Kepler Communications, Telesat and LeoSat. Of the 8,000 satellites that received approval, more than 7,500 would come from SpaceX.

11/16/2018

Members of the National Space Council's Users' Advisory Group want NASA to accelerate its timeline for returning humans to the lunar surface. "We can do it sooner," said Eileen Collins, a former space shuttle commander.

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Space Policy Online
11/16/2018

The Pentagon has updated cost projections for standing up a Space Force to $5 billion or less, much lower than the initial $13 billion estimate. "The president is going to be making some decisions to put forward a proposal in concert with his fiscal year 20 budget proposal that will go to the Congress in February," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said.

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Defense News
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Patrick Shanahan, Pentagon, Congress
11/16/2018

The Pentagon has delivered its assessment of Turkey's planned purchase of 100 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and challenges arising from Turkey's planned purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defense system.

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Reuters
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Pentagon, Congress