The Senate has passed an $855 billion spending bill, including $674 billion in defense appropriations, keeping Congress on track to deliver federal spending bills on time and avoid a government shutdown. "After subjecting America's all-volunteer armed forces to years of belt tightening, this legislation will build on our recent progress in rebuilding the readiness of our military and investing more in the men and women who wear the uniform," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The bill also includes a continuing resolution for the rest of the government, keeping agencies open through Dec. 7. The bill must now pass the House and be signed by President Donald Trump.
Huntington Ingalls Industries will provide development services for nuclear submarine modernization under a $104.2 million contract modification with the Defense Department.
The Air Mobility Command is looking for answers as to how it will operate in a "contested, degraded, or operationally challenged threat environment," according to Gen. Maryanne Miller. The command is putting new cockpits in the C-17 and upgrading its Air Operations Center in Illinois.
Lockheed Martin says it can expand the capabilities of the F-35 to detect aircraft using infrared technology.
Raytheon is speeding up modernization of the Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System using agile software development methods. Raytheon moved away from the waterfall approach more than a year ago and has instituted at least six updates since.
China Southern Airlines is expecting to expand its fleet to 1,000 passenger jetliners in the next two years and reach a fleet total of 2,000 by 2035, driven by the growth in outbound travel from China. The airline has 14 Boeing 787-9s and 41 737 Max 8s on order, in addition to 14 Airbus A320neo-family jets and 20 A350-900s.
The Air Force is looking for private-sector solutions to gaining more intelligence on the space environment. Companies such as Slingshot Aerospace see growth potential in serving the needs of "space battle management."
The Army says that provisions within the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would allow for the service's strategic fires weapons, which include a missile with potential range of 1,000 nautical miles.
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