Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says the US needs to "grow our margin of dominance in space," touting the potential for the Space Force to accelerate the development of military space capabilities. He notes that China's program is advancing quickly and sent 38 rockets into orbit last year.
Germany and France's plan to jointly develop a fighter aircraft faces serious challenges, Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia says. "The first problem is a misalignment in foreign policies and arms-sales practices," he writes.
An ongoing rivalry between the US and China in space has serious military implications, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency. "For the US and China, space is clearly a frontier of strategic competition," Elsa Kania of the Center for New American Security says.
Charlie Leocha of Travelers United writes that there is no need to increase passenger facility charges paid by airline passengers, as proposed by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. "A tax increase, even if painful, could be justified if airports were running out of money and struggling to raise new funds. But they're not, which means there's no reason for DeFazio to make travel more expensive," writes Leocha.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can use their points to book trips to Asia with the airline's Global Partners -- American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Korean Air. This article includes tips for travelers on booking a trip and what to expect when they arrive.
Officials at Alaska's Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport are expecting 68,000 more passengers than last year, an increase of 6%. "We're very excited at the fact that we've got two new destinations we're serving this year nonstop," the airport's manager, Jim Szczesniak, said.
Actor and general aviation advocate Harrison Ford on Wednesday presented the 2019 Hoover Trophy to Clay Lacy, an aviation legend who has flown 53,000 hours in more than 300 aircraft, earned 32 type ratings and set 29 world speed records. Lacy established a fixed-base operation at Van Nuys Airport more than 50 years ago that today employs more than 500 workers.
Volunteers with the Commemorative Air Force flew "That's All, Brother," a WWII-era C-47, from San Marcos, Texas, to Dayton, Ohio, to visit WWII veteran Jim "Pee Wee" Martin. Martin is one of the last remaining "Toccoa Originals," US Army paratroopers who parachuted into France in 1944.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has asked the agency's inspector general to conduct a formal audit into the procedures followed during the certification of Boeing's 737 Max aircraft.