Opinion: New Strategic Imperatives For The Defense Industry
Changing needs of military advantage will challenge traditional business practices.
arturo.mora@av… Fri, 05/14/2021 - 08:00
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Germany, Poland Reach Cross-Border Air Policing Agreement 
German aircraft responding to Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) missions will be able to operate in Polish airspace and vice-versa in an arrangement that mirrors a similar pact between the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
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Fast Five: NASA Administrator Bill Nelson On His Return to Service
The former senator pledges a bipartisan approach to the space agency and continued support for commercial space.
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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson

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The Week In Defense, May 13-20, 2021
F-15 tests new loadout; Australian defense budget released; U.S. Navy Reserve turns to Air Force jets; Space Force solicits launch tech.
jack.freifelde… Thu, 05/13/2021 - 08:00
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USAF Seeks To Avoid R&D Funding Cuts In Fiscal 2022
Gen. Charles Brown singled out the Advanced Battle Management System as a top priority for research and development funding, but the program has become a punching bag for Congress.
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HASC Member Foresees DOD Policy Bill Passage After August Recess

By Lee Hudson May 12, 2021
House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Anthony Brown (D-Md.) said he believes the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill will not pass the full House until after the August recess.
Budget, Policy & Operations
Orbiting Chinese Space Station Module Awaits First Visitors
After a successful launch, an uncontrolled 18-ton booster landed in the Indian Ocean.
audra.avizieni… Wed, 05/12/2021 - 08:00
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Chinese Space Station Module Awaits Visitors

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A-29 Finally Set To Land In U.S. Defense Fleet

By Steve Trimble May 11, 2021
First A-29 deliveries come after a decade-long audition, but orders fall far short of original expectations.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Which Military Training Aircraft Will Dominate The Future?

By Craig Caffrey May 10, 2021
Though four trainers are emerging as leaders, competition in this segment is fierce.
Multi-Mission Aircraft

RAF Planning October Deployment Of Typhoons, MRTT To Southeast Asia

By Chen Chuanren May 10, 2021
The UK Royal Air Force is looking to deploy its Eurofighter Typhoons as well as the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Voyager to Southeast Asia in October to participate in a milestone edition of Exercise Bersama Lima.
Multi-Mission Aircraft

U.S. Armed Overwatch Competition Restarting After Six-Month Hiatus

By Steve Trimble May 10, 2021
Special Operations Command has selected five aircraft for a demo this summer, continuing the long quest to acquire a light attack fleet.
Defense and Space

Which Aircraft Will Congress Let The U.S. Air Force Retire?

By Jen DiMascio May 07, 2021
In a long-running drama, the U.S. Air Force and Congress have been at odds over which aircraft to retire and which ones to keep. Though the Biden administration has yet to release its budget, the Air Force’s hit list already includes the KC-10 and KC-135 tankers as well as the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Lawmaker Pressures USAF To Appoint Space Acquisition Chief

By Jen DiMascio May 07, 2021
The leader of the U.S. House committee in charge of defense spending wants the Pentagon to move faster to appoint an executive in charge of space acquisition, but the Air Force is suggesting that Congress could play a role in speeding up the process.
Space

U.S. Air Force B-1Bs Return To Flight

By Jen DiMascio May 06, 2021
The first U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to flight operations on May 3 after a safety stand-down, Air Force Global Strike Command said on May 6.
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China To Build UAV Industrial Base In Zigong

By Chen Chuanren May 06, 2021
China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) has signed a project agreement with Zigong Municipal People’s Government to build a dedicated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industrial park in the city that will eventually see an annual output of 100 medium to large drones.
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Contenders Make Final Commitments To Finnish Fighter Contest

By Tony Osborne May 06, 2021
Bidders in Finland’s fighter contest must include the whole suite of aircraft, weapons, training and support in their €9 billion package.
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The Week In Defense, May 6-13, 2021

By Jen DiMascio May 06, 2021
Egypt to buy more Rafales; A Space National Guard proposal; Navy training system to start production and the U.S. halts Minuteman test.
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Will Send Carrier-Based F-35s To Counter Islamic State Insurgency

By Tony Osborne May 04, 2021
UK F-35s will see action again in the skies over Iraq and Syria, this time operating from the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Egyptian Rafale Follow-Up Buy Will Double Fleet 

By Tony Osborne May 04, 2021
Egypt is planning to more than double the size of its Dassault Rafale fleet after inking agreements with France for 30 more aircraft. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Italian F-35s Deploy to Estonia for Air Policing Mission

By Tony Osborne May 02, 2021
Italy has deployed its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for Baltic Air Policing, the first time the fighter has been used for the mission. The Italian Air…
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Saab Bid Proposes One-for-One Finnish Hornet Replacement

By Tony Osborne Apr 30, 2021
Sweden is proposing to replace Finland’s F/A-18 Hornets on a virtual one-for-one basis by offering 64 Gripen fighters for Helsinki’s €9 billion ($10.9 billion) HX fighter requirement. 
Multi-Mission Aircraft

The Week In Defense, April 30-May 6, 2021

By Jen DiMascio Apr 30, 2021
Finland fighter bids submitted; Air Force One’s costs rise; Pentagon’s R&D nominee; and Top Aces win renewal.
Aircraft & Propulsion

DC Capital Alum Launches New PE Firm For Defense, Gov M&A

By Michael Bruno Apr 29, 2021
With mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in aerospace and defense expected to ramp up this year in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, another private equity (PE) group is jumping into the market.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Finland Receives Final HX Fighter Proposals

By Tony Osborne Apr 29, 2021
Finland has received the best and final offers from governments in the bidding for the country’s HX fighter contest. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Commercial Results Deflate Hopes Of Quicker Financial Recovery

By Michael Bruno Apr 28, 2021
Boeing used up less cash in the first quarter of 2021 than it did the year before, but the beleaguered aerospace and defense giant also brought in less revenue and still cannot hazard an official forecast of what finances will look like this year.
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