Tag Archives: Aerospace Industries Association

$696M Defense Appropriations Bill Includes Separate Funding Accounts for Space Force

Eric Fanning

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) would receive $15.2 billion under the $696 billion fiscal 2021 defense spending bill approved by Congress as part of a government appropriations package, reflecting its first budget as a separate military branch. The $2.3 trillion omnibus bill includes operations, maintenance, procurement, research, development, test and evaluation program lines for USSF.

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House Panel Asks FCC to Delay Vote on Proposed Space Debris Rules

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The House Science Committee has called on the Federal Communications Commission to delay an April 23 vote on its updated space debris regulations, SpaceNews reported Friday. The FCC on April 2 issued its draft “Mitigating Orbital Debris in the New Space Age” regulations, which would allow the commission to deny licenses to companies operating satellite networks with a collective collision risk of more than 1 in 1,000.

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DoD Study Examines Compliance of Small, Large Firms With Cyber Standards; Kevin Fahey Quoted

A recent Department of Defense study says small and large contractors are struggling to comply with DoD’s new cybersecurity standards, Defense One reported Monday. “For the most part, the big companies do very well,” Kevin Fahey, assistant defense secretary for acquisition, told reporters at the Pentagon Monday. “But in no case do they meet everything that they thought they met.”

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Trade Group Warns Against Potential Defense Budget Cuts

The Aerospace Industries Association has urged Congress and President Donald Trump to ensure a “steady and stable growth” in defense budget for fiscal 2019 and beyond in order to counter threats posed by transnational terrorism, China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, Defense News reported Thursday. AIA said in its Thursday statement lawmakers and the administration have started to provide the Defense Department with additional budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to build up military readiness against multiple threats.

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Rescinds Contractor Payment Proposal

The Defense Department has decided to withdraw its proposed rule to regulate payments to contractors based on performance, Defense News reported Monday. “Recently, proposed amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) were prematurely released, absent full coordination,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a statement obtained by the publication.

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Ellen Lord: DoD Warns Military, Contractors Against Chinese, Russian Software

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, has said the Defense Department started distributing to the military and contractors a list of software platforms that should not be purchased, Defense One reported Friday. This is because such software platforms have failed to meet national security requirements, Lord said. “What we are …

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Reports: Trump Imposes Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum Imports

President Donald Trump on Thursday imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum in a push to build up national security and put an end to “aggressive foreign trade practices,” The Hill reported Sunday. Mexico and Canada would be exempted from the …

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