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November 30, 2012News for the aerospace industry

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  • White House threatens to veto defense bill "in its current form"
    The White House has issued a Statement of Administration Policy that threatens to veto the defense authorization bill "in its current form" due to the Senate's changes regarding provisions for transferring detainees at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. The detainee issue, a source of conflict in the past, is not expected to be insurmountable, this feature says. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Defense 
  • Pentagon official is "cautiously optimistic" about sequestration
    Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale says he is "cautiously optimistic" about the tone he's observed between Republicans and Democrats regarding the budget cuts set to take place Jan. 2. He says that he has noted an increased willingness to negotiate now that the elections have passed, and that the Pentagon is making budget plans that assume that sequestration cuts will not occur. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • There's money to be had in defense business, Pentagon official says
    There is still "a lot of money" to be made in defense despite increased budget pressures and reduced spending, says Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. He says new strategies that focus on the Asia-Pacific region and emphasize cybersecurity and space are opportunities for growth in the defense industry. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Northrop Grumman will cut 200 jobs by March
    Defense contractor Northrop Grumman has revealed plans to eliminate about 200 jobs at two sites by March. The company has offered a voluntary buyout plan to employees in the affected division. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Commercial Aviation 
  • Congressional blocks impede some NextGen benefits
    Some of the benefits of the Next Generation Air Transportation System include consolidation and modernization of radar facilities, but a Bloomberg study has found that efforts toward that end have been blocked consistently by lawmakers in Congress. “You tell a congressman that you’re pulling a center out of his or her district, you’re going to have a gigantic scream,” said former Federal Aviation Administration associate administrator George Donohue. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA acknowledges UAVs pose privacy, safety issues
    In a letter to members of Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged the need to address privacy and safety concerns that accompany an increasing number of unmanned aerial vehicles flying in U.S. airspace. Gretchen West, executive vice president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, asserts that the FAA's mandate is to create safety in the skies, not protect personal privacy. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Space 
  • NASA chief's future is an open question, sources say
    Charles Bolden's tenure as administrator of NASA is uncertain now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, this feature says. Obama will determine whether Bolden stays with the agency; conflict between the two has led some to doubt Bolden's reappointment. An indication from the White House is anticipated within the next month, this feature says. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: U.S. partnership with China may be the future in space
    The U.S. should consider a partnership with China to maintain its leadership status in space exploration, George Abbey and Leroy Chiao write. Bringing China into the International Space Station program would allow the U.S. to maintain a leadership role while it formulates a new plan for space exploration. Discovery (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AIA News 
  • Register now for AIA-sponsored Latin America & Caribbean Aviation Summit
    American Association of Airport executives, in partnership with Aerospace Industries Association, will be hosting the Latin America & Caribbean Aviation Summit in Miami, Fla., from December 3 to 5. The summit will feature subject matter presentations by U.S. industry and U.S. government officials on technical, regulatory and commercial issues of interest both to U.S. firms and to the participating Latin American and Caribbean attendees. Register now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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