Boeing snags 747 order, delivers to Turkish Airlines, Oman Air | Budget uncertainty takes toll on Navy, Marines | DOD office seeks drone-bombs, digital technology to identify threats
December 11, 2017
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Boeing snags 747 order, delivers to Turkish Airlines, Oman Air
Boeing's recent commercial aircraft deliveries include a 777 freighter to Turkish Airlines as well as a 787-9 Dreamliner to Oman Air. An unidentified buyer also placed an order for a 747 passenger jetliner.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Seattle (12/8) 
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Defense
Budget uncertainty takes toll on Navy, Marines
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer details the toll the Budget Control Act has taken on the Navy. "The resultant effect of continuing resolutions and lack of budgets produces a US Navy and Marine Corps team that is operating at a level less than optimal when compared to known funding on a regular budget cycle," he writes.
Defense News (12/10) 
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DOD office seeks drone-bombs, digital technology to identify threats
The Defense Department's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office is seeking drones that can loiter over a target and act as a bomb and imaging technology that could potentially identify terrorists and weapons.
Defense One (12/8) 
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Hungary plans to buy 6 military transport planes
Hungary intends to purchase six military transport aircraft as part of a 10-year modernization program that also includes buying helicopters.
Defense News (12/9) 
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DOD asks Lockheed to make laser-armed fighter jets a reality
The Defense Department has tapped Lockheed Martin to develop laser weapons that can be deployed on fighter aircraft, starting with the F-15. DOD wants a laser than can disable missiles or drones from more than a mile away.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/8) 
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Civil Aviation
Boeing may resume production of 767
Boeing will soon decide whether to restart production of the 767 passenger jet. Watchers say the iconic jetliner's return is likely.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Seattle (12/8) 
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Wichita works with Spirit to keep expansion local
Wichita, Kan., officials helped Spirit AeroSystems keep its expansion local.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Wichita, Kan. (12/8) 
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A&D Workforce
TARC a key part of engineering education for school district
Engineering clubs at Texas' Harlingen school district participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge in addition to other programs, such as the GreenpowerUSA battery-powered car race.
Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Texas) (12/11) 
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Space
White House directive calls for return to moon, exploration of Mars
A return to the moon is part of President Donald Trump's new space policy directive, which the president is scheduled to sign Monday. Human exploration of Mars in the future is also part of the directive.
SpaceNews (12/11) 
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NASA to announce major Kepler discovery found with help from Google AI
NASA is expected to make a major announcement this week regarding a discovery by the Kepler space telescope. Google artificial intelligence technology aided in the discovery.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (12/11) 
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Policy and Legislation
DOD comptroller: Audit to "reach into every corner"
The Defense Department is commencing its first full audit. "Although I do not anticipate a clean opinion initially, I do anticipate that the audit will help us to improve our financial management processes and direct our efforts to the highest-priority areas," writes DOD comptroller David Norquist.
Defense News (12/11) 
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AIA News
AIA names 2018 executive committee
AIA names 2018 executive committee
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Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy will serve as chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association in 2018, and William Brown, Harris Corp.'s CEO, will serve as vice chair. "We are one of our nation's great sources of rewarding, good-paying, noble jobs that help millions live the American dream," Kennedy said.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/7),  Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (12/8) 
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