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February 12, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • AIA: "Sequestration affects all Americans"
    Defense-industry leaders are issuing warnings on the consequences of drastic defense budget cuts. "The danger that sequestration poses to the economy and our national security cannot be overstated," said Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. "More than 2 million jobs are at stake from all sectors. Sequestration affects all Americans and we must pull together to set it aside." IndustryWeek (2/11), C-SPAN (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
IR&D Budgets In Aerospace & Defense:
How Much Is Enough?

What role does IR&D play in a firm’s strategy? IR&D Spending: “How Much is Enough?” – You’re Asking the Wrong Question analyzes IR&D spending in A&D and concludes the answer isn’t as simple as understanding R&D benchmarks. It requires a systematic assessment that considers the role of R&D investments within the overall growth strategy of the company.
  • Obama reportedly will urge nuclear-arsenal cuts in speech tonight
    In his State of the Union speech tonight, President Barack Obama will urge governments around the world to reduce their nuclear arsenal, reports show. The United States has an arsenal of 1,700 nuclear weapons, and sources say that Obama has negotiated with the U.S. military to trim the the number to about 1,000. Defense News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senator says Hagel "nomination should be defeated"
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to move the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary for a vote this week. However, some Republican senators say they plan to oppose Hagel's nomination. "By my count, the people who find Hagel objectionable are such a number that he could be defeated, and I think his nomination should be defeated," said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Turning Projects Into Profits for 30 Years
Productivity growth is a key driver of profitability. Look around your shop floor. How many paper-filled binders, inventory logs or process manuals do you see? Do you have multiple, disparate systems that present different data views of the same contract order? Would 70% productivity improvement, 34% cost reduction and 37% cycle reduction improve your profits? Learn More
  Commercial Aviation 
  • Lawmakers are concerned about use of UAVs to fight terrorism
    President Barack Obama's aggressive stance on using unmanned aerial vehicles to kill Americans suspected of being al-Qaida allies has made Democrats and Republicans nervous. Lawmakers are urging tighter oversight of the president's UAV program. "It just makes me uncomfortable that the president -- whoever it is -- is the prosecutor, the judge, the jury and the executioner, all rolled into one," said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine. "So I'm not suggesting something that would slow down response, but where there is time to go in and submit it to a third party that is a court, in confidence, and get a judgment that, yes, there is sufficient evidence here." Associated Press (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lockheed looks to human spaceflight for diversification
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems plans to expand its role in human spaceflight, building on its position as a leader in robotic spaceflight. "We're looking across human spaceflight for what other things can we do to bring our processes, people and experience in to level-load a facility better so that our costs are lower, so that we're more effective and efficient in what we do," said Jim Crocker, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager for civil space. Aviation Week & Space Technology (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Urgent call to action – Write Congress and the White House to stop sequestration
    On March 1, the federal government will begin implementing the initial round of sequestration budget cuts to defense and other important federal programs. Now is the time to reach out to your elected officials to communicate the urgent need to repeal sequestration. Go to the Second to None website to send a letter to your elected officials in Washington today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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