House overwhelmingly passes $717B NDAA | Army gears up to field-test Lockheed-made exoskeleton tech | Lockheed receives $282M radar contract for US, allies
May 25, 2018
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House overwhelmingly passes $717B NDAA
The House version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act passed on Thursday with a vote of 351 to 66. The $717 billion policy bill seeks to grow the size of the armed forces while shrinking the Pentagon's back office functions.
Politico (5/24) 
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Army gears up to field-test Lockheed-made exoskeleton tech
By year's end, the Army will begin field-testing the Lockheed Martin ONYX powered exoskeleton. The technology is expected to be on the battlefield in 2020.
Breaking Defense (5/24) 
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Lockheed receives $282M radar contract for US, allies
Lockheed Martin has been selected as the vendor for "phased array tracking on radar to intercept advanced capability-3 missile support center post-production support" for the US and its allies under a contract valued at more than $282 million. The allies include Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.
United Press International (5/24) 
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UK, Turkey tighten trade ties amid Brexit
Turkey and Britain are working on a trade agreement as Britain prepares to leave the EU, a step that could make it Turkey's top Western weapons supplier instead of the US. "Both partners have a long-term, strategic view of their cooperation on defense technologies," a British diplomat said.
Defense News (5/24) 
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Commentary: DIUx would benefit from worldwide rollout
Daniel Kliman of the Center for a New American Security and Brendan Thomas-Noone of the University of Sydney's United States Studies Centre highlight the global potential of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental. "DIUx could become a key platform by which the United States and its allies and partners come together to address shared military challenges -- if its next managing director and supporters in the Pentagon and Congress are prepared to seize the moment," they state.
Defense News (5/24) 
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Civil Aviation
FAA's acting head calls on agency to embrace innovation
Dan Elwell, acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration, says that "[t]he era of red tape strangling good ideas is over" for the agency. He cited partnerships with not only standard aviation entities but the latest startups in Silicon Valley to support his statement.
Air Transport World (5/24) 
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Butterfly aircraft represents possible future of Uber air taxis
Karem Aircraft's Butterfly electric quadcopter showcases the type of vertical-takeoff-and-landing capabilities Uber will need to get its air taxi concept off the ground.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (5/24) 
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A&D Workforce
Boeing's Ampofo offers insight into the aviation job market
William Ampofo, Boeing's vice president of business aviation and general aviation, shares his perspective on the future of aviation job opportunities. "The need for jobs and aviation skills in Boeing's 20-year outlook are at a shortage, worldwide. Aviation maintenance technicians, airline pilots, aviation safety inspectors -- all of these specializations need talent," he says.
AOPA Online (5/22) 
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Space
White House directs government to cut red tape for space companies
President Donald Trump's latest space policy directive calls on the government to ease the path for private companies to reach space. "Many innovative companies [are] working hard to build a bright future in space, and our policies should help ensure their success," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (5/24) 
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NASA to tap commercial landers for small lunar payloads
NASA is seeking commercial providers to take payloads and cargo to the moon's surface under the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. "We have a strong push to get a lander service to the moon as quickly as possible," NASA's James Reuter said.
Space News International (5/24) 
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Propulsion technologies get boost from smallsats
The need for propulsion by small satellites has set off a wave of innovative technologies by several companies such as Neumann Space, Additive Rocket and Enpulsion. "What we are seeing right now is a reasonably large disruption in the propulsion community," Enpulsion founder and CEO Alexander Reissner said.
Space News International (5/24) 
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Policy and Legislation
Lawmakers support bill designed to protect US intellectual property
The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act is gaining traction in the House and Senate as the US looks to curb industrial espionage by China that targets US technological innovation.
The Epoch Times (5/24) 
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Senate Armed Services panel approves $716B defense policy bill
The Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of the $716 billion 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill forbids the Pentagon from working with any company that is a customer of China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE. The bill next must pass the full Senate before going to conference with the version the House passed Thursday.
Reuters (5/24) 
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Editor's Note
The dailyLead will not publish Monday
In observance of Memorial Day in the US, the dailyLead will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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