July 30, 2021
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President Joe Biden has reportedly selected AIA's Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Alex Wagner as Biden's nominee for the post of US Air Force secretary of manpower and reserve affairs.
Full Story: Military Times (tiered subscription model) (7/30) 
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Defense
The defense industry and military leaders are increasingly looking toward environmentally sustainable practices while the US and NATO make addressing climate change a priority. "We've got this unique situation right now. We've got national leaders focused on this, and the technology is maturing very quickly," says Jim Miller of BAE Systems.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (7/29) 
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The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has issued a $482.89 million contract modification to Raytheon for the production of AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles. Foreign recipients of these missiles include Canada, Hungary, Netherlands, Qatar and South Korea.
Full Story: Shephard.co.uk (U.K.) (7/29) 
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The UK Ministry of Defense has signed a $349 million contract with BAE Systems to develop and design the Tempest fighter aircraft, also known as the Future Combat Air System. "Boosting our already world-leading air industry, the contract will sustain thousands of jobs across [Britain] and will ensure that [Britain] remains at the top table when it comes to combat air," said UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.
Full Story: United Press International (7/29) 
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The US Air Force has awarded a $301.37 million task order to DynCorp International for the maintenance support services covering T-1A Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II and T-38C Talon training aircraft at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Full Story: Shephard.co.uk (U.K.) (7/29) 
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Civil Aviation
Collins Aerospace's TransAction software will enable integration of International Air Transport Association's Travel Pass data with airline passenger management systems. "With the use of Collins Aerospace's technology, Travel Pass will verify the secure flow of necessary information to give governments the confidence to reopen their borders," said LeAnn Ridgeway of Collins Aerospace.
Full Story: Airport Technology (UK) (7/29) 
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US air travelers to the UK will not have to follow quarantine restrictions beginning Aug. 2, provided the travelers are fully vaccinated. Coronavirus testing before and after flights will still be required.
Full Story: Airport Technology (UK) (7/29) 
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Students fix flats, fly drones at Texas summer camp
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Middle-school students attending Valour SkillZ Camp learned how to fix a flat bicycle tire, build and fly a drone and repair a lawnmower. Camp founder and Judson Middle School assistant principal Danny Stanley says the idea was to introduce students to area mentors while teaching them valuable life skills.
Full Story: KLTV-TV (Tyler, Texas) (7/28) 
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Space
Calls for investment in NASA's infrastructure are gaining traction in Congress. The agency has compiled a list of $5.4 billion infrastructure needs to address deferred maintenance and other challenges.
Full Story: FedScoop (7/29) 
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Policy and Legislation
Senate infrastructure bill advances to debate
Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Susan Collins, R-Maine (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Senate has voted to proceed to debate on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would provide $550 billion in new spending, $110 billion of which would go toward highways, bridges and major transportation projects. The bill would also allocate $73 billion for electric power upgrades, $65 billion for broadband, $55 billion for drinking water infrastructure, $50 billion for resilience, $25 billion for airports and $17 billion for maritime ports.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (7/28),  NBC News (7/28) 
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