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February 19, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • With sequester near, defense companies plan layoffs
    Defense contractors are bracing for the effect of sequestration, which is scheduled to take effect March 1, and some already are projecting the jobs they'll cut as a result. BAE Systems estimates that it will eliminate 4,000 jobs in the next year, and small defense firms may have the earliest layoffs. The Washington Times (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Work with Congress" on sequester, Va. governor tells president
    Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell is telling President Barack Obama and lawmakers that looming sequestration cuts will damage his state's economy and is urging action to stop them. "In order to mitigate the negative impacts as effectively and as quickly as possible, and to ensure a continued robust economy in Virginia, it is critical that you lead Mr. President, and that you work with Congress to come together in the best interests of the nation," McDonnell wrote in a letter to the president. Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cybersecurity market attracts conventional arms firms
    The cybersecurity market is becoming an expansion area for traditional arms firms as the market for conventional weapons dwindles for a variety of reasons. Arms dealers are moving into data and network protection and are gobbling up smaller cybersecurity companies to gain needed skills and services, according to Vincent Boulanin of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ohio looks to UAVs for jobs of the future
    Ohio is partnering with Indiana to apply to the Federal Aviation Administration to serve as one of six test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. "If you're building unmanned vehicles, that's the vehicle of the future," said Ohio Gov. John Kasich. "No question about it, it could bring a lot of jobs to Ohio." Bloomberg Businessweek (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Missile-warning satellite set for March 19 launch
    The Atlas V rocket is being prepared for a March 19 launch to carry a missile-warning Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite into orbit for the Pentagon. The launch will be the third for the Atlas V program this year, and one of eight that United Launch Alliance hopes to finish in 2013. Spaceflight Now (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • AIA sounds the alarm on economic downturn report
    Statement by Marion C. Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association on reports of the contraction of the U.S. economy in the 4th quarter of 2012. – The contraction of the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter underscores AIA's warning for the past 18 months that severe across the board budget cuts—both to defense and non-defense discretionary spending—threaten to throw the economy into a tailspin. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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