AIA weighs in on policy governing sale of armed drones | Lockheed CEO says discussions with Trump over F-35 positive | N. Korea missile test a failure, officials say
March 22, 2017
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AIA weighs in on policy governing sale of armed drones
The Aerospace Industries Association is calling on the US to proceed carefully when it comes to joining an international agreement on the use and export of weaponized drones. "The way you identify American interests in this technology and the use of this tech and the export of this tech -- it's all about the words," said AIA's Remy Nathan.
Defense News (3/21) 
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Defense
Lockheed CEO says discussions with Trump over F-35 positive
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson is crediting President Donald Trump for his business savvy and eye for cost cutting. "We had a good dialogue about how do we get through the current negotiations, how do we continue to bring the price down, how do we get to a point where we can get to a more economic order quantity -- multiyear, block buy, or something like that," she said. "He recognizes the capability was needed of the F-35, but he also recognized he wanted to get the best price."
Defense News (3/21) 
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N. Korea missile test a failure, officials say
Wednesday's missile test by North Korea failed, according to US and South Korean officials. In the meantime, a US B-1B bomber flew over South Korea as part of a joint military exercises there.
The Associated Press (3/22) 
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Civil Aviation
FAA: Airline industry flying away from boom-bust cycles
The Federal Aviation Administration says demand for air travel will grow in the long term, fueled in part by airfares that won't outpace inflation. "Looking ahead, there is confidence that the industry has been transformed from that of a boom-to-bust cycle to one of sustainable profits," according to an FAA report.
Air Transport World (3/21) 
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Startups take on key role in defending against drones
Tech startups including Airspace Systems and Dedrone are coming to the market with various approaches to detecting and stopping drones that enter places where they're not wanted. Worldwide, at least 70 firms are developing drone defense technologies, said Mike Blades, aerospace and defense analyst with Frost & Sullivan.
Reuters (3/21) 
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US-bound travelers from 10 foreign airports must check most electronics
US-bound travelers from 10 foreign airports must check most electronics
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The Department of Homeland Security announced new rules affecting US-bound travelers departing from 10 airports, located primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. Travelers from the listed airports will not be allowed to carry on electronics larger than a cellphone, but may pack the devices in checked luggage.
Forbes (3/21) 
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A&D Workforce
Texas team readies for TARC
The Hypersonic team at Kilgore High School in Texas has set its sights on the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Teams have until April 3 to submit scores for the competition.
Kilgore News Herald (Texas) (3/21) 
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Space
Blue Origin closes in on test phase for BE-4 engine
Blue Origin is close to beginning tests of its BE-4 engine, according to founder Jeff Bezos. The company recently unveiled images of the completed engine.
Space News International (3/21) 
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Rocket Lab attracts $75M in funding on path to first launch
Startup Rocket Lab has received $75 million in venture funding as the company prepares to begin its small satellite launch service. The company's Electron launch vehicle can handle satellites of up to 330 pounds.
Reuters (3/21) 
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Policy and Legislation
Trump signs $19B NASA authorization bill
President Donald Trump has signed a $19.5 billion NASA authorization for 2017, legislation that he says underscores the country's commitment to human space exploration. "America's space program has been a blessing to our people and to the entire world," Trump said.
USA Today (3/21) 
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House Democrats use Pentagon efficiency study to blast Trump budget proposal
House Democrats pointed to a study on Pentagon efficiency that suggested the Defense Department could save about $125 billion over five years as they criticized President Donald Trump's budget proposal. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., questioned the proposal's $54 billion budget boost for defense when the Defense Business Board study showed how much the DOD was wasting.
Defense News (3/21) 
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AIA News
DISCS Security Cooperation Management Industry course
AIA is once again pleased to host the Defense Institute for Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) Security Cooperation Management Industry Course April 4-6. The course is designed for aerospace and defense industry representatives to gain familiarity with the security cooperation apparatus of the US government. At the end of the course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of US security cooperation and related policy, processes and organizations involved. This is a critical course for aerospace and defense trade professionals. The three-day course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Security Cooperation Management and USG Organizations
  • Security Cooperation Organization Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Technology Transfer and Export Controls
  • Foreign Military Sales Process
  • Acquisition for FMS and Offset Policy
  • International Financial Management
  • International Armaments Cooperation Policy
  • Comparison of FMS and Direct Commercial Sales
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