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December 4, 2012News for the aerospace industry

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  • Defense execs call for "reasonable" compromise on cuts
    While there is a growing acknowledgment among some defense experts that cuts to defense spending will be part of a sequestration solution, industry executives at a press conference this week cautioned that any sequester deal should be "reasonable," as Pratt and Whitney President David Hess put it. "We're not here to prescribe solutions, I think it would be presumptuous of us to try to do that," Hess said. Like Hess, Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush would not comment on a specific sequester fix but said any solution must be "balanced and pragmatic." The Wall Street Journal (12/3), Defense News (12/3), The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (12/3), AOL Defense (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senate moves defense bill forward
    The Senate today will consider amendments to the 2013 defense authorization bill, following a vote Monday to end discussion on the measure. Coming up next will be debate over an amendment to the bill that would require lawmakers to be briefed on U.S.-Russia arms talks. The Hill/Floor Action blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spending on anti-WMD plans will continue, Obama says
    The U.S. will continue to invest in programs that seek to halt weapons of mass destruction around the globe, President Barack Obama said in a speech Monday at the National Defense University. Even with budget strains, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program must be strengthened, Obama administration officials say. That program contains and dismantles nuclear, biological and other mass-destruction weapons material. Defense News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EADS may revamp management, structure
    A shakeup of management and company structure is likely coming at EADS, as the company confirmed this week that its major French and German shareholders are discussing changes to the stakes they hold in the aerospace company. "EADS' state shareholdings are going to change ... and we will therefore have to revise the shareholder pact," said French President Francois Hollande. "We are working on it, and a deal is close." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • No defense cuts are proposed in Obama, House plans
    Although they remain far apart on how to solve looming sequestration and the "fiscal cliff," President Barack Obama and GOP leaders agree on one thing: The Pentagon budget shouldn't be cut further. The White House's initial plan involves tax rate increases, some new taxes and a package of tax and domestic-program reforms, while the House Republicans' proposal raises revenue through closing tax loopholes and other changes. Neither side, so far, is proposing deeper defense cuts. Defense News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Boeing splits commercial jet business into development, production
    Boeing has announced plans to restructure its commercial jet business into two divisions -- development and production. The company plans to increase its production by 25% over the next 18 months, says Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The reorganization is intended to support that effort. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/3), Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Voyager 1 discovers solar system's final layer
    The Voyager 1 spacecraft appears to be at the solar system's final edge, and it has discovered what scientists are calling the "magnetic highway," a region in which particles are exchanged from within and outside the solar system. "We do believe this may be the very last layer between us and interstellar space," said Voyager scientist Edward Stone. "This region was not anticipated, was not predicted." (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AIA News 
  • Longtime public relations practitioner recognized with Lyman Award
    David J. Shea, a longtime public relations practitioner with more than 50 years of experience, has been selected to receive the 2012 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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