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March 14, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • Democrats propose cuts, tax increases to chop sequester
    Senate Democrats have put forward a budget that would cut the Defense Department's sequestration hit in half by raising revenue through corporate tax increases and spending cuts. The measure, which Republicans criticize for the revenue increases, would leave the Pentagon with about $240 billion in cuts, instead of the $500 billion called for under sequestration. Defense News (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DOD official: Sequester will cause "draconian changes"
    The military will have to undergo "draconian changes to force structure and modernization" as a result of sequestration, says Christine Fox, director of the Pentagon's primary cost analysis group, because the Pentagon can't squeeze enough reductions out of base closings and efficiencies alone. Under the cuts, "[w]e'd have to do terrible things to modernization," she says, a process that would affect upgrades of weapons programs. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • F-35 funding still safe, Kendall says
    The Pentagon wants to shield funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet even as it faces sequestration reductions. "We'll try to protect F-35," said Pentagon weapons purchasing chief Frank Kendall, speaking at a defense conference. "There's no question about its priority. Despite sequestration, we'll still have a budget that's adequate to support F-35." The F-35 program has been plagued with cost overruns and the GAO estimates it will cost $400 billion. But Kendall said the F-35 would give the U.S. needed "dominance in the air." Reuters (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Commercial Aviation 
  • Embraer reports profit for Q4, full year
    Embraer reported a profit for the fourth quarter, as well as the full year of 2012. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer received a boost from a more stable exchange rate during the fourth quarter. Embraer delivered 23 commercial aircraft and 53 executive jets during the quarter. Reuters (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Southwest has firm order for 31 Boeing aircraft, exec says
    Southwest Airlines could buy more Boeing aircraft to help the carrier expand service, according to Brian Hirshman, senior vice president of technical operations. "Next year we have firm orders of 31 airplanes from Boeing, all -800s, and we're looking at is that enough or do we need to substitute that with some used airplanes," he said. Southwest is also the launch customer for the Boeing 737 MAX, which is due out around 2017. Reuters (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group says China should join the space station
    China should become a partner in the International Space Station, despite prohibition of such a partnership under U.S. law, according to Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Further, the think tank says that due to budget restrictions, the U.S. will be hard-pressed to meet its goal of providing a commercial crew transport system by 2017 and should put a stronger emphasis on unmanned robotic space missions. "Staying on the present course does not provide the nation with a meaningful and visionary program," according to a Baker Institute assessment led by senior fellow George Abbey, a former director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Aerospace Daily & Defense Report (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AIA News 
  • AIA announces first cyber security standard
    The Aerospace Industries Association announces that the first National Aerospace Standard written specifically on cyber security was released January 31, 2013. National Aerospace Standard NAS9924, "Cyber Security Baseline" provides guidance that benefits the aerospace and defense suppliers of all capability levels by giving the supply chain a base line of standard practices they can follow to better protect their information system infrastructures from cyber threats. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Selling out fast - AIA SMC meeting with Northrop Grumman
    AIA's Spring Supplier Management Council Meeting is selling out fast. Space is very limited - and almost gone- for one-on-one, business-to-business meetings with Northrop Grumman. Learn more about the meeting here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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