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AIA’s Fanning On Trump’s Trade Wars, Allies & Arms Exports

Posted by Colin Clark on


“Some of the things the president is doing very forcefully to support American industry are good for American aerospace and defense. Other things could aggregate up second and third order effects in ways that create  problems,” said Eric Fanning, head of the Aerospace Industries Association.

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As Pentagon Demands Cybersecurity, Industry Group Offers New Standards: AIA

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the DoD prepares to make cyber security a key pillar for what it buys — and from whom — a defense and aerospace trade group unveils a new standard that will allow companies, and the government, to see how secure contractors really are.

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Meet the New U.S. Export Policy, And The Tariffs Complicating Things

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A slate of poorly understood new tariff and sanctions rules are complicating the Trump Administration’s own efforts to boost arms exports, even as sales of American-made weaponry blow past previous highs.

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Trump Tariffs Roil Markets, Complicate New Push For Foreign Military Sales

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum have sparked promises of quick and strong responses from America’s allies, are creating concern in the defense industrial base, and have free-trade Republicans worried.

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Trump’s Tariffs May Put Defense Jobs at Risk, Increase Costs

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: The pushback to President Donald Trump’s global steel and aluminum tariffs — announced Thursday —  has been swift and blunt. Republicans, Democrats, top defense officials, Trump advisors and trade groups have all made public their misgivings, saying the taxes could actually prove harmful to national security, and end up costing the Pentagon money. But… Keep reading →

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AIA’s Melcher Hopes Hill Has ‘Moral Courage’ To Fund DoD & Rest Of Budget

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The federal government needs to spend more money on civilian agencies like the State Department, NASA, and the FAA, not just defense, the aerospace industry’s top lobbyist said today, but there’s no reasoning with a portion of Congress that wants cuts at any cost. “There’s a part of Congress that’s suspicious of everything,” said… Keep reading →

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Keep Innovation Alive, SecArmy Fanning Implores Trump

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: What’s the most important initiative in the Obama Pentagon that the Trump team should pick up and run with? It’s innovation, outgoing Army Secretary Eric Fanning said last night: “Some of the most important work we’ve done in the last eight years is trying to set up places in our procurement system where we… Keep reading →

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Day One: Next Prez Must Be Ready For Crisis

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Whoever is elected the next president of the United States must stand ready for crisis to strike “at 12:01 on January 20th,” the Secretary of the Navy warned today, lest America’s adversaries see a window of opportunity. What Ray Mabus and his fellow service secretaries didn’t say, at least out loud, speaks volumes. With Russia meddling in… Keep reading →

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Army $40B Short On Modernization Vs. Russia, China: CSA Milley

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Congress hasn’t passed a budget for 2017, but we’re already hearing rumblings of the 2018 budget war coming from inside the Pentagon. The Army needs to radically overhaul its equipment, training, and even its culture for chaotic future conflicts against high-end adversaries like Russia and China, the largest service’s top leaders said today. But… Keep reading →

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Army’s New Rapid Capabilities Office Studies Electronic Warfare Boost

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: The brand new Army Rapid Capabilities Office is studying proposals to spend between $50 and $100 million on urgently needed electronic warfare gear, Breaking Defense has learned. The options include sensors to detect radar and radio signals, and jammers to block them, mounted on ground vehicles, soldiers’ backpacks, and drones. Where will the money come… Keep reading →

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