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June 27, 2011News for the aerospace industry

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  • Some Republicans are open to military spending cuts
    Some Republican lawmakers are warming to the idea of cutting military spending as a potential move toward a compromise on the national debt. House GOP leaders said rank-and-file members of the party are willing to consider such cuts, which would have been unthinkable several years ago. "When we say everything is on the table, that's what we mean," said Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. The Washington Post (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Defense experts discuss missions that military could eliminate
    A trio of defense experts have outlined potential capabilities and missions that the military could forgo as part of its effort to reduce defense spending. Christopher Preble of the Cato Institute said the U.S. could relinquish the Libya and Afghanistan missions. An analyst said counternarcotics efforts could be handled by U.S. law enforcement instead of the military, and another suggested that counterinsurgency programs on behalf of foreign governments could be eliminated. Defense News (6/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flight ops for F-35C program resume after software glitch
    The U.S. Navy has resumed flight operations for the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter test program last week after a six-day suspension to resolve a software issue. Engineers had discovered a "logic fault" that could have caused significant issues, leading to the grounding of the aircraft on June 17. "By finding and correcting such issues, the test team is delivering a better product to the fleet," said Lt. Courtney Hillson, a Navy spokeswoman. Defense News (6/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Boeing's 747-8 is slowed by new flight-management system
    Boeing's 747-8, the newest version of the company's largest and most expensive aircraft, has completed some of its function and reliability testing, but its progress has been hindered by its complex flight-management system. The delays mean that the 747-8 will be vying with the 787 Dreamliner, which is not as far along in its function and reliability testing, for first delivery. Bloomberg (6/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • White House, AIA warn of cuts to military space programs
    The White House issued a statement of administration policy regarding a House defense spending bill that it says could hurt a number of military space and satellite programs. Other industry experts also warned about the impact of cutting space programs. "We understand the need for belt-tightening in today's economic climate," said Aerospace Industries Association CEO Marion Blakey. "However, we are deeply concerned that the cuts to national security space go too far." (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Orbital continues to move forward despite recent woes
    Orbital Sciences has been through some disappointments with its Taurus XL rocket program. NASA is waiting until its investigation into a failed launch is complete before deciding whether to use the rocket again. Orbital's woes have occurred during growth in the market for rockets and satellites. The Aerospace Industries Association estimates that sales of space products have grown from about $31 billion in 1997 to an estimated $45 billion this year. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New screening program will allow pilots to speed through security
    Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Miami International Airport this summer will start testing a new screening program that will allow pilots to bypass security scans and pat-downs. The Transportation Security Administration will pre-certify pilots using photos and employment data, and screeners will use laptop computers to verify pilots' identification with TSA records. The program will be tested at other large airports later this year. Chicago Tribune (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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