Air Force Global Strike Command boss Gen. Robin Rand poses with the crew of a B-1B Lancer that experienced an in-flight emergency in May. The crew attempted to eject, but an ejection seat malfunction, so the crew landed the aircraft at a nearby airport. Photo courtesy Dyess AFB Facebook page
The Air Force has awarded Boeing a six and a half year, $986 million contract to upgrade USAF’s entire fleet of C-17 aircrew trainers and maintenance trailer systems. Ed Dolanski, president of the year-old Boeing Global Services, credited the company’s reorganization of its services division for helping it recapture the contract, which it had lost to L-3 back in 2010. Read the full report by Amy McCullough from Farnborough.
—President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a joint press conference in Helsinki on Monday that they plan to work together on the Syrian crisis, along with working together on Israeli security: The Wall Street Journal.
—The US is ready for direct talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson, leader of the Resolute Support mission and commander of US Forces-Afghanistan said in a Monday interview: Reuters.
—A joint team of BAE, Rolls Royce, Leonardo, and MBDA on Monday unveiled the Tempest, a new fighter jet for the United Kingdom, with the goal of flight by 2035: BBC.
—The Norwegian defense ministry has succeeded in test firing a Joint Strike Missile from an F-16, showing the missile’s ability to avoid a decoy target and fly at low altitudes, following news last month that a US-Norwegian team had completed a major segment of testing:
—The remains of 1st Lt. William Shank, a World War II airman killed on a mission in Germany, were buried with full military honors in Harrisonburg, Va., on Saturday, after the military said in March it had identified his remains:
—Pentagon officials see quantum computing as an area where the US may be behind China and one that is potentially critical for information and space military operations:
—The Air Force, Army, NASA, and the University of Cincinnati are working together on ways to use carbon nanotubes in in military uniforms and fabric that can also function as batteries:
—The Air Force Association on Monday that the Mitchell Institute has hosted its first two Advanced Concepts Engagement Seminars, classified seminars focused on how to rapidly integrate advanced technologies into the fielding of new Air Force weapons systems:
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