Five leading defense contractors -- Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon -- had combined sales to the US government of more than $110 billion in 2016. These companies are well-positioned as the government prepares to increase its investment in defense.
A new report uncovers the 5,600 San Diego County, Calif., businesses that are supported by the defense industry, accounting for 62,000 jobs. Jesse Gipe of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. says planned increases to defense spending will benefit the area's economy.
The Army plans to invest an additional $535.5 million next year in the development of advanced radar capabilities for air and missile defense systems. Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Technovative Applications are working on the project.
The Air Force is planning to launch two advanced extremely high-frequency satellites in coming years, adding to the four already in orbit. These are designed to ensure communications in the event of a nuclear war.
A Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness directive set to kick in on Feb. 28 will require repetitive inspections of many models of Textron Aviation twin-engine airplanes to check for cracks in the left and right forward lower carry-through spar caps. Cracked spar caps are to be replaced before further flight and inspection results reported to the FAA.
NASA has approved the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for certain science missions.
Lisa Gordon-Hagerty has been confirmed by the Senate as the Department of Energy's undersecretary for nuclear security. John Gibson received confirmation as the chief management officer for the Defense Department.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to ease tensions between the two nations over US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria. At a NATO meeting in Brussels, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the two nations are finding common ground.
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