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26 Jan 18. New Army missile defense strategy due out this summer. Given the many emerging changes to strategies, concepts and doctrine over the past several years, the Army is crafting a new air-and-missile defense strategy that is due out this summer.
Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, the service’s Space and Missile Defense Command commander, said Jan. 25 at a missile defense event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington that the strategy has been in the works since March 2017. The final product incorporates priorities noted in the recent National Defense Strategy and the Army Operating Concept, as well as the changing operational environment, evolving threats and emerging technologies.
The new strategy will focus on the 2018 to 2028 time frame and will “nest” with the National Defense Strategy, the Army’s operating concept and the service’s new doctrinal concept of multidomain battle.
The strategy will include a comprehensive review — from doctrine to organization to training to equipment to policy and everything in between, according to Dickinson.
And as the strategy is developed, he added, the Army continues to refine its vision for the future AMD force, which is consistent with the Vision of 2020 Joint Integrated Air-and-Missile Defense strategy: where all AMD capabilities from “defensive, passive, offensive, kinetic and non-kinetic are integrated into a comprehensive joint and combined force capable of preventing an adversary from effectively employing any of its offensive air-and-missile weapons.”
The new Army AMD strategy will come on the heels of a overarching missile defense review that is expected to be released soon. (Source: Defense News)
26 Jan 18. Boeing loses in dispute with Canada’s Bombardier. Delivering a big defeat to Boeing, a U.S. trade panel ruled Friday that the U.S. aircraft giant was not harmed by competition from Canada’s Bombardier.
The 4-0 decision by the independent International Trade Commission effectively blocks the Trump administration from slapping 292 percent tariffs on Bombardier. The Commerce Department ruled last year that the Canadian firm had unfairly received government subsidies and sold its C Series planes at artificially low prices in the United States. The trade panel disagreed.
The case threatened to raise tension between Washington and U.S. allies Canada and Britain, which has a Bombardier plant in Northern Ireland.
Bombardier immediately praised the ruling as a “victory for innovation, competition, and the rule of law.”
Boeing said it was “disappointed” and vowed to continue to document the damage from “illegal subsidies and dumped pricing.”
Boeing had charged that Bombardier sold Delta Air Lines 75 CS100 aircraft for less than it cost to build them. But Delta said Boeing didn’t even make the medium-size jets it needed.
On Friday, Delta said it was “pleased by the ITC’s ruling rejecting Boeing’s anticompetitive attempt to deny U.S. airlines and the U.S. traveling public access to the state-of-the-art 110-seat CS100 aircraft.”
The Trump administration has repeatedly clashed with Canada over trade, including Canadian softwood lumber imports. It has launched contentious talks to renegotiate the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico — a pact that President Donald Trump has called a job-killing disaster.
Last October, Bombardier sold a majority stake in the C Series program to Europe’s Airbus for no cost. The C Series headquarters was slated to stay in the Montreal area, but a second assembly line for the 100- to 150-seat plane is scheduled to be set up at Airbus’ plant in Mobile, Alabama.
(Source: Defense News)
26 Jan 18. General Dynamics to pump nearly $2bn into its shipyards. General Dynamics is investing about $2bn into its shipyards in the coming