The White House is considering limits on steel and aluminum imports as part of its America First policy, raising supply chain concerns among aerospace and defense companies. "We are concerned that tariffs may have an unintended impact on the global supply chains that our industry depends on," an AIA spokesman said. "It's particularly true of aluminum and steel."
Mergers and acquisitions among government contractors are on the rise as firms position themselves to compete for their piece of growing defense budgets. General Dynamics' acquisition of CRSA in a $6.8 billion deal is one of the largest examples of industry consolidation.
The Air Force is shifting its spending priorities, moving away from legacy programs such as the joint surveillance and target attack radar system aircraft in favor of distributed sensors. JSTARS aircraft would be easy targets for attack by Chinese or Russian weapons systems.
In June United Airlines will launch its new Boeing 737 Max 9 jets on domestic routes originating from Houston Intercontinental and Los Angeles International airports. The airline will receive 10 of the new jets in 2018, each configured with 179 seats.
Transferring the International Space Station into private hands is likely to be a long process, experts predict. "If they just flip the switch, it won't work," says Dylan Taylor, founder of Space Angels.
The Air Force plans to scrap its space-based infrared system in favor of more-secure missile-warning satellites. The Air Force's 2019 fiscal year budget includes $643 million for a program to develop next-generation overhead persistent infrared.
The National Space Council plans to address the regulatory environment for commercial space ventures with an eye toward supporting industry growth.
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