Christopher Kubasik, CEO of L3 Technologies, and William Brown, the CEO of Harris Corp., say the merger of their companies was hardly a shock. "I think, in reality, people thought for years that this combination made sense. It was due to Bill and I working hard that we actually got it done," Kubasik said.
Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy says a thorough analysis and right-sizing of Army programs are key steps in funding priorities going forward. "In many cases there are systems that are going to be replaced, but there is also just the rigor behind what are your requirements for every program in the Army," he says.
The F-35B Lightning II has demonstrated its capability to perform a shipborne rolling vertical landing onto the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Raytheon will finish its replacement of air traffic control systems across the US under the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System program.
GE Aviation's Affinity engine will power Aerion's supersonic AS2 Mach 1.4 business jet. "Aerion and our industry team, comprised of Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation, and Honeywell, have solved many of the tremendous challenges in creating a supersonic renaissance," Aerion CEO Tom Vice says.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says future launches of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft are not likely to be delayed due to a recent launch failure, citing the initial investigation into the failure. "I fully anticipate at this point that we will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket, and I have no reason to believe at this point that it won't be on schedule," he says.
The Air Force's 45th Space Wing is shooting for 24 launches in 2018 on its way to a goal of 48 annual launches. A $1.8 billion communications satellite will head into orbit aboard United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket this week.
The US deficit hit $779 billion in President Donald Trump's first full budget cycle in office, up $113 billion from 2017. "The president is very much aware of the realities presented by our national debt," said Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
United Airlines next year will add 22 new domestic routes, improving hub schedules to add more flights and more destinations for local travelers while providing more options to connecting customers. Some short-haul routes will shift from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport. Among the new routes, the airline is also adding Hilton Head, S.C., to its network, offering nonstop service from Chicago, Newark and Washington, D.C.