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1. Industry eager for word on Long Range Strike-Bomber

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 19, 2015

A decision regarding which contractors will build the U.S. Air Force's newest bomber is expected by the summer, though industry watchers say so far the process has been opaque. Few details have been released on the Long Range Strike-Bomber program, which could have a major impact on the defense industry for the next two decades. Defense News (01/18)


2. Aurora's Orion drone stays in air for 80 hours

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 22, 2015

Aurora Flight Sciences has filed for a world record after its Orion drone's successful completion of an 80-hour flight. The flight started on Dec. 5 in California during a concept demonstration for the U.S. Air Force. Aviation Week & Space Technology (01/22)


3. Textron buys UTC Aerospace

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 22, 2015

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4. Northrop starts early in race to develop next-generation fighter jet

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 21, 2015

Northrop Grumman has assembled a team to develop the "sixth generation" fighter jet, anticipating defense sector needs years in advance. "Northrop Grumman will compete for the next generation fighter," said Tom Vice, president of Northrop's aerospace division. Defense News (01/21)


5. USAF looks to take better control of procurement process

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 20, 2015

The U.S. Air Force is undertaking a new initiative to gain better control of the procurement process through improved communication with contractors and an examination of its internal decision-making processes. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the plan last week in Washington, D.C. NationalDefenseMagazine.org (01/19)


6. DOD cancels F-35 test to keep rollout on track

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 21, 2015

The Defense Department has removed the Operational Utility Evaluation of the F-35's Block 2B configuration from the fighter jet's schedule, opting instead for "limited assessments" in order to meet deadlines. The evaluation would have taken until 2016 to complete. AviationWeek.com (01/20)


7. Former DOD official to lead strategy at Northrop

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 21, 2015

Reuters (01/20)


8. Orbiter photographs lost Beagle 2 Mars Lander

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 19, 2015

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken photos of the U.K.'s Beagle 2 Mars Lander on the surface of the Red Planet more than a decade after Beagle 2 failed to send back data. Bloomberg Businessweek (01/16)


9. Elon Musk announces $15B plan for satellite high-speed Internet worldwide

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 19, 2015

Billionaire Elon Musk has announced a $15 billion plan to launch hundreds of low-altitude satellites into orbit, enabling fast, cheap Internet access worldwide. "Our focus is on creating a global communications system that would be larger than anything that has been talked about to date," he said. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (01/18)


10. USAF will review Raytheon radar system contract after protests

AIA dailyLead® | Jan 21, 2015

Reuters (01/20)




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