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January 18, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • Sen. Inhofe sends letter to Pentagon about sequestration
    Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has sent a letter to the Department of Defense about sequestration. "Rather than simply blaming Congress ... it is my hope that you and the [White House] will work with Congress to ensure that an agreement can be reached to spare our military from further devastating cuts," said the letter. Inhofe is the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hagel could defend DOD from cuts, experts say
    Although some industry professionals worry that Chuck Hagel, nominee for defense secretary, will cut defense budgets if he is confirmed, the same worry was present when Leon Panetta was nominated. Instead, Panetta has advocated for the Pentagon during his tenure as defense secretary. "This happens in Washington," said Larry Korb, a former assistant secretary of defense. "When you take over an agency, you become its spokesman." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Extending "continuing resolution" will harm defense, Navy chief says
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says that extending the "continuing resolution" funding the government will be just as harmful to defense as sequestration. "Most of the attention is put on sequestration because it was such a big deal leading up to the 'fiscal cliff,' " Mabus said. "We have an equal, equal concern about CR." AOL Defense (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army faces accelerated timeline for Ground Combat Vehicle
    The U.S. Army will have to decide in 2014 between BAE Systems and General Dynamics Corp. as the contractor to build its Ground Combat Vehicle, according to Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition Frank Kendall. A directive issued this week sped up the timeline for choosing a contractor for the tanklike vehicle, which will replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Bloomberg (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FAA is looking at battery manufacturer for 787 fires
    The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing are studying batteries from the same batch as a possible cause of fires aboard the 787. The batteries were manufactured by a Japanese firm, GS Yuasa Corp. "Anything that involves the potential for fire on board an aircraft you've got to get to the bottom of and figure out what the corrective action is, and they will," said Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/18), The Wall Street Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boeing offers extended contract to engineers
    Boeing has offered to extend a large part of its current contract with members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. "Agreeing to this contract as soon as possible will allow all of us to focus our time and energy on the immediate challenges facing the company," Boeing said in a statement. The contract offer keeps in place health care plans and allows salary increases of 5% per year. Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NASA, SpaceX to proceed with rocket launch in March
    NASA and SpaceX say they plan to go ahead with a March launch of the Falcon 9 despite a mishap during an October launch of the rocket. The unmanned rocket will travel on a mission to the International Space Station. "As is often the case with a failure like this on a system you don't get back, it was hard to find a specific smoking gun to point to, but a number of things were believed to be contributors that have been looked at," said Mike Suffredini, NASA's ISS program manager. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AIA urges Congress, President to find a permanent bipartisan solution to sequestration
    Statement by Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, on the failure to fix sequestration in the fiscal cliff deal: "While we are pleased Congress made some headway on tax elements of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, we are concerned that they could not agree to a long term solution to fix a problem no serious person wants -- sequestration." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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