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1. F-35 will be the Navy's last manned fighter jet, Navy secretary says

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 17, 2015

Unmanned aircraft will become "the new normal" of air combat in the future, according to U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, noting that the F-35 will likely be the service's last manned fighter jet. "For example, as good as it is, and as much as we need it and look forward to having it in the fleet for many years, the F-35 should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly," he said. Verge, The (04/17) (04/16)

2. Boeing sells its C-40 to international market as a cost-effective way to move troops

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 15, 2015 (05/01)

3. DOD can't pay for new subs, bombers, nuclear missiles

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 15, 2015

The Department of Defense says it does not have enough funding to replace aging nuclear-armed submarines, long-range bombers and ICBMs, regardless of sequestration. "I frankly think the only way we can address it and keep the force structure in the Department of Defense that we would like to have is higher budgets," said Frank Kendall, undersecretary for acquisition. "I really don't right now see any management solutions that will help us." Defense One (04/14)

4. Kendall says DOD needs to offer incentives to big tech companies

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 14, 2015

Department of Defense acquisition head Frank Kendall says the military must provide major technology companies with the "incentive to do business with us," citing the fact that the military doesn't "have enough business to make them excited." Defense News (04/13)

5. FAA approves 3D-printed component for use inside GE jet engines

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 16, 2015

The T25 housing sensor is the first component produced on a 3D printer to gain approval for use inside GE commercial jet engines. GE is also working on additional 3D-printed parts for its GE9X engine, the largest ever built. Product Design & Development online (04/15)

6. New Horizons provides "up close and personal" view of Pluto

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 16, 2015

The NASA probe New Horizons has delivered the first color images of Pluto and its moon Charon. "Scientific literature is filled with papers on the characteristics of Pluto and its moons from ground based and Earth orbiting space observations, but we've never studied Pluto up close and personal," said NASA's John Grunsfeld. USA Today (04/15)

7. SpaceX takes rocket retrieval attempt to solid ground

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 16, 2015

SpaceX has announced a plan to attempt a rocket retrieval on solid ground after repeated failed attempts to land on a floating platform. "Just purely the boat moving, even in a low sea state, it's hard to imagine that vehicle is going to stay vertical," said President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. "That vehicle is big and tall, compared to the itty-bity-greater-than-a-football-field-size ship." Defense News (04/15)

8. U.S. Navy faces a range of aviation initiatives

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 14, 2015

The U.S. Navy's ongoing aviation initiatives include development of the F-35C, preservation of the F/A-18 Hornet fleet, planning for drones and the incorporation of new tiltrotor cargo aircraft. Navy Times (04/13)

9. USAF in search of "Big Cyber" weapons

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 20, 2015

The Department of Defense is interested in cyber weapons that can "make an enemy air defense system go completely blank in the first minute of the conflict" and similar debilitating attacks on networks, according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. "I've been calling it 'Big Cyber,' " he said. "How does the Air Force get into big Air Force cyber stuff? ... How do you create airpower through the cyber domain?" Politico (04/18)

10. Textron receives $84M hovercraft order from USN

AIA dailyLead® | Apr 14, 2015

Textron Systems New Orleans has announced an $84 million contract from the Navy to build a pair of hovercrafts. These will be used as landing craft for supplies, including vehicles and heavy equipment. Washington Times, The (04/13)

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