Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, speaking at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in D.C. on Dec. 4, said the service has found new age-related issues with the oldest of the C-5 fleet, the A models, that make modernization questionable, reports Andrea Shalal-Esa with Reuters. Wynne said, “There comes a time when age does catch up with us.” Currently the whole C-5 modernization effort is under review by DOD, following USAF’s declaration of a Nunn-McCurdy breach. A “senior defense official” told Reuters that the review might extend into the New Year, given the complexity of the issue. A Boeing official earlier this week said he believes Congress will permit the Air Force to buy additional new C-17s in the 2008 defense war on terror supplemental.
The White House announced its United States Space Priorities Framework in a document released concurrently with Vice President Kamala Harris' first National Space Council meeting. Listed among five U.S. priorities is to “defend its national security interests from the growing scope and scale of space and counterspace threats.”