First audit finds issues with DOD | Air Force picks up maintenance pace to reach readiness goal | UK firms up order for next 17 F-35s
November 16, 2018
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First audit finds issues with DOD
As expected, the Defense Department will not pass its first audit. "We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn't even do the audit," Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said.
Defense News (11/15) 
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Defense
Air Force picks up maintenance pace to reach readiness goal
The Air Force is stepping up aircraft maintenance efforts as it works to reach an 80% readiness rate for fighter aircraft. The service is on track to fill out its maintenance ranks by the end of 2018.
Air Force magazine online (11/15) 
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UK firms up order for next 17 F-35s
The UK has confirmed its order for its next 17 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. So far the UK has received 16 F-35s.
FlightGlobal (U.K.) (11/15) 
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S. Korea selects Northrop Grumman for Global Hawk support services
South Korea has tapped Northrop Grumman to supply logistics support for its RQ-4 Global Hawk drones.
United Press International (11/15) 
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Civil Aviation
Honeywell tests software designed to help pilots avoid runway accidents
Honeywell has completed initial testing of its Surface Indications and Alert System software, which is designed to help pilots steer clear of runway accidents and collisions. "With solutions such as Honeywell's SmartRunway, SmartLanding and now SURF IA, we are pioneering accident prevention through better pilot awareness, less latency in decision-making and quicker actions," said Honeywell's Mike Stewart.
Avionics International (11/13) 
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Al-Qahtani orders 10 A320neos
Al-Qahtani Aviation, owner of SaudiGulf Airlines, has ordered 10 Airbus A320neo passenger planes. The sale has a list-price value of $1.1 billion.
Reuters (11/15) 
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Space
Massive SpaceX satellite constellation receives FCC approval
The Federal Communications Commission has given the green light to satellite constellations proposed by SpaceX, Kepler Communications, Telesat and LeoSat. Of the 8,000 satellites that received approval, more than 7,500 would come from SpaceX.
Space News International (11/15) 
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Advisory council wants NASA to speed up moon plan
Members of the National Space Council's Users' Advisory Group want NASA to accelerate its timeline for returning humans to the lunar surface. "We can do it sooner," said Eileen Collins, a former space shuttle commander.
Space Policy Online (11/15) 
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Policy and Legislation
Space Force cost estimate updated, reduced to $5B
The Pentagon has updated cost projections for standing up a Space Force to $5 billion or less, much lower than the initial $13 billion estimate. "The president is going to be making some decisions to put forward a proposal in concert with his fiscal year 20 budget proposal that will go to the Congress in February," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said.
Defense News (11/15) 
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Congress receives report on Turkey F-35 buy
The Pentagon has delivered its assessment of Turkey's planned purchase of 100 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and challenges arising from Turkey's planned purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defense system.
Reuters (11/15) 
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Senate lets arms sale to Bahrain proceed
The Senate has shut down an effort led by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to stop arms sales to Bahrain. It was one of several proposals aimed at curtailing US involvement in Yemen's civil war.
Defense News (11/15) 
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