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  • Defense industry worries Congress will punt budget deal into 2021

    September 18, 2020 | Information, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security, Other Defence

    Defense industry worries Congress will punt budget deal into 2021

    Joe Gould WASHINGTON ― As Congress readies a stopgap spending measure this week, the defense industry is girding for a long-term funding patch that could delay both new procurement programs and needed fiscal certainty into next year. Democrats say they are considering whether to offer a continuing resolution that would stretch 2020 funding levels into next February or March, or whether to go along with a stopgap through mid December, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is seeking. Trade groups said this week that passing a CR by the Sept. 30 deadline is better than a government shutdown, but they warned that because CR's ban most new start programs, that will add more turbulence for firms already suffering from pandemic-related economic shocks. “As threats continue to multiply and the COVID-19 crisis continues, sustained and stable funding in national security takes on new meaning for the U.S. military and the defense industrial base that supports it,” Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning, said in an email to Defense News. AIA represents roughly 340 manufacturers. “Relying on continuing resolutions, for any length of time, removes that stability, undermining the shared supply chain and endangering the solid progress made in readiness and modernization over the last several years.” Defense advocates say continuing resolutions of any length are inefficient for government and disruptive to the budget certainty that businesses need in order to make decisions, but the pandemic and sagging economy add new wrinkles. Smaller defense firms, many hit by cash flow problems related to the pandemic, were of particular concern to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries, which was among large firms that accelerated millions of dollars in payments to help small suppliers over recent months. “The effects of a long term continuing resolution can be harmful to the defense industrial base by delaying or prohibiting work,” HII spokesperson Beci Brenton said in an email. “Our greatest concern with a long term CR is the impact to our thousands of suppliers located in all 50 states who are already impacted by the COVID pandemic.” Despite a longstanding deal on the budget top lines, only the House has passed full-year appropriations bills, which means Congress will need more time to pass an FY21 appropriations package. Congress would likely need to draft a CR this week and pass it next week to avert a government shutdown. That's just what House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters this week that House leaders are planning. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., say they have agreed to a “clean” CR, free of policy riders. It's not expected to include COVID relief funds, but further details have not been announced. Beyond timing, the defense industry is also watching which anomalies Congress includes to permit select new start programs. The White House sent Congress a list that included the Columbia-class submarine and new W93 submarine-launched nuclear warhead, as well as funds to ramp up the new Space Force ― along with select federal programs across multiple agencies. The National Defense Industrial Association's senior vice president, Wesley Hallman, said delaying new starts means delaying new revenue streams for companies and, for some, new hiring decisions. “How many new starts are planned for 1 October, I can't tell you, but if we go to March or February there are more new starts over that entire period,” Hallman said. “If it's bad in October, it's really bad if it's going into March.” Professional Services Council president and CEO David Berteau, whose group represents services contractors across government, said his member are worried about long delays for a budget deal. “Our members are always concerned because it slows down new contract awards, and it adds uncertainty to every program manager ― not only in the Defense Department, but across the federal government ― because they don't know how much money they're going to get or when they're going to get it,” Berteau said. The duration of the CR has special political dimensions this year. If the bill runs through December, President Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Senate would negotiate over the final spending package. Depending on the outcome of the election, a CR that stretches into the next calendar year could be negotiated by a President Joe Biden or a Democratic-led Senate, which would give Democrats more leverage. Berteau was concerned that Biden, like Trump in 2017, would not enter office Jan. 20 ready to immediately hammer out a budget deal. It took until that April for Trump to sign a deal, and it took President Bill Clinton ― who entered office under similar circumstances in 1993 ― until that June. “If you don't get it now, history says you won't get it for six months,” said Berteau, “and that's debilitating for industry.” “Our members are always concerned because it slows down new contract awards, and it adds uncertainty to every program manager ― not only in the Defense Department, but across the federal government ― because they don't know how much money they're going to get or when they're going to get it,” Berteau said. The duration of the CR has special political dimensions this year. If the bill runs through December, President Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Senate would negotiate over the final spending package. Depending on the outcome of the election, a CR that stretches into the next calendar year could be negotiated by a President Joe Biden or a Democratic-led Senate, which would give Democrats more leverage. Berteau was concerned that Biden, like Trump in 2017, would not enter office Jan. 20 ready to immediately hammer out a budget deal. It took until that April for Trump to sign a deal, and it took President Bill Clinton ― who entered office under similar circumstances in 1993 ― until that June. “If you don't get it now, history says you won't get it for six months,” said Berteau, “and that's debilitating for industry.” https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2020/09/16/defense-industry-worries-congress-will-punt-budget-deal-into-2021/

  • Drones R&D Portfolio and Opportunity Analysis Report 2019 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

    July 30, 2019 | Information, Aerospace, C4ISR

    Drones R&D Portfolio and Opportunity Analysis Report 2019 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

    DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Drones: R&D Portfolio and Opportunity Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that are finding application opportunities in various industries and have the potential to transform military as well as consumer applications. Drones essentially combine various sensing and communication technologies along with remote control or autonomous capabilities. Drones were initially developed for military purposes, which is still the most prominent application of this technology. However, with substantial decrease in the cost of individual components, drones are poised to impact multiple industries in various capacities. Drones for commercial applications represent a market that is entering the growth phase. Military drones have been around for some time, but commercial drones enable diverse applications to benefit because various stakeholders will experience high growth in the near term. Drone technology is an example of convergence of various technologies such as sensors, artificial intelligence, analytics and so on, that enables greater connectivity by acting as a carrier for the Internet. Key Questions Answered in the Technology and Innovation Report 1. What is the significance of drones? 2. What are the technology trends and key enabling technologies? 3. What are the factors that influence technology development and adoption? 4. Who are the key innovators driving developments? 5. What are the opportunities based on patent and funding trends? 6. What are the future prospects of the technology? 7. What sort of strategies do OEMs need to embrace to gain entry and sustain in the competitive marketplace? Key Topics Covered: 1. Executive Summary 1.1 Scope of the Technology and Innovation Research 1.2 Research Methodology 1.3 Research Methodology Explained 1.4 Summary of Key Findings 2. Drone - Technology Significance and Trends 2.1 Technology Significance and Classification of Drones 2.2 Drone Types, Benefits and Applications 2.3 Current Trends Boosting the Drone Market 2.4 Drone Technology - Industry Value Chain Analysis 3. Factors Influencing Technology and Market Potential 3.1 Market Drivers: Growing Trend Toward Fully Autonomous Drones and IoT 3.2 Demand for Fully Autonomous Drones and Big Data Analytics Expected to Increase in the Future 3.3 Market Challenges: Stringent Regulatory Environment and Lack of Business Models Restrict Wider Adoption of Drones 3.4 Stringent Regulatory Environment and High Investment Cost are Key Challenges 3.5 Market Potential and Market Attractiveness of Drones 4. Application Assessment - Key Trending Applications 4.1 Key Trending Applications of Drones 4.2 Key Applications - Military & Defense, Emergency Response & Disaster Management and Urban Planning 4.3 Key Applications - Healthcare, Agriculture, Waste Management 4.4 Key Applications - Mining, Telecommunication, and Media 4.5 Drone Application Significance and Advantages 5. Global Patent Landscape, Funding, and Regional Adoption Assessment 5.1 Drone - Global Patent Trend Analysis 5.2 Funding Trends Shows High Interest from Government for Healthcare and Homeland Security Applications 5.3 Funding Boosts Growth Opportunities in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Sector 5.4 Drone Adoption Assessment in North America 5.5 Drone Adoption Assessment in Europe 5.6 Drone Adoption Analysis in APAC 6. Key Innovations, Technology Developments and Megatrend Impacts 6.1 Innovations in Drone Flight Technologies 6.2 Developments in Drone Features and Applications 6.3 Advancements in Technologies Enabling Fully Autonomous Drones 6.4 Key Stakeholder Initiatives and Developments 6.5 University-based Innovations Enabling Drone Applications 6.6 Megatrends that Influence the Drone Industry 7. Growth Opportunities, Future Trends and Strategic Imperatives 7.1 Drone Technology Development Trends 7.2 Policy Regulations and Economic Factors Influencing Drone Industry - PESTLE Analysis 7.3 Growth Opportunities - Fully Automated Drone Delivery and Monitoring Systems 7.4 Strategic Imperative Analysis 7.5 Key Questions for Strategic Planning 8. Synopsis of Key Patents in the Drone Sector 8.1 Key Patents - Drone Collision Avoidance and Delivery Systems 8.2 Key Patents - Swarm Drones and Networked Drones 8.3 Key Patents - Drone Network Delivery System and Detection 8.4 Key Patents - Optical Recognition System and Printed Can Lid 9. Key Industry Contacts For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/p8i79h https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190729005465/en

  • Ball hits milestone with weather satellite for military operations

    April 22, 2020 | Information, Aerospace, C4ISR

    Ball hits milestone with weather satellite for military operations

    Nathan Strout A new satellite that will provide weather data for U.S. military operations has passed its critical design review, Ball Aerospace announced April 20, and the company is now moving forward into full production. The Weather System Follow-on satellite is meant to fill three vital space-based environmental monitoring gaps identified by the Defense Department: ocean surface vector winds, tropical cyclone intensity and low-Earth orbit energetic-charged particles. The satellite will include a passive microwave-imaging radiometer instrument for the first two missions, which will provide timely weather collection in support of maneuvering forces. A government-furnished energetic-charged particles sensor will be used for the third mission, which will provide important space weather capabilities such as the ability to characterize operational orbits, space situational awareness and information on the ionosphere. “Measuring and understanding the physical environment is critical to military operations, from determining tropical cyclone intensity for asset protection and maneuver operations to how wind and sea state play into assured access and aircraft carrier operations,” Mark Healy, Ball Aerospace's vice president and general manager of national defense, said in a statement. In addition, the WSF satellite will collect information on sea ice characterization, soil moisture and snow depth. Ball Aerospace is the prime contractor for the entire WSF system, meaning it will deliver the space vehicle along with instrument, spacecraft and system software and algorithms for data products. The company was initially awarded $93,713,423 in November 2017 to design the system, and a year later was awarded an additional $255,418,494 to develop and fabricate the satellite. According to the Space Force, the WSF satellite is projected for a launch in fiscal 2024. https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2020/04/21/ball-hits-milestone-with-weather-system-follow-on/

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