The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental is now called the Defense Innovation Unit, indicating its permanency. "Though DIU will continue to experiment with new ways of delivering capability to the warfighter, the organization itself is no longer an experiment," Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan says.
Following an Air Force recommendation, Congress has prioritized the Advanced Battle Management System, scrapping funding for the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System. Retired Gen. John Loh argues that JSTARS is viable with the right strategies, noting that legacy E-8C JSTARS aircraft remain in active operations.
Research by the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency finds an incremental approach could help control the cost of development of a sixth-generation fighter jet. "As in the case of the F/A-18E/F, an incremental approach was followed that began with a new airframe, but used existing avionics," agency analyst David Stem explains in a report.
The Defense Department's approach to space includes the formation of a Space Force military branch and the establishment of a unified Space Command. DOD also plans to establish a Space Development Agency and a Space Operations Force.
Academic researchers are proposing encrypted command systems for small satellites, citing the potential for the satellites to be compromised and thus draw heavy-handed regulation from government. "We would propose as a policy that, for those cubesats and smallsats that have propulsion, that the industry adopt a 'no encryption, no fly' rule," Yale University's Andrew Kurzrok says.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says the Trump administration has been receptive to Boeing's concerns regarding a trade war with China. "We do have some challenges around tariffs, trade, we have some concerns there, but the fact is that we have a voice at the table, and we see the administration leaning forward to support us as a business while we deal with the realities of the trade war situation," he says.
Missile Defense Agency Director Gen. Samuel Greaves says that "serious consideration and support [is] being given to the need to deploy these space sensors." The Overhead Persistent Infrared global scanning system could be used to alert the Pentagon of threats detected in space.