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December 3, 2012News for the aerospace industry

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  • Waiting on sequestration, contractors make few moves
    Defense companies are doing little to prepare for possible sequestration spending cuts, focusing instead on what they say are achieving greater efficiencies for the long term. The Aerospace Industries Association says companies are making individual decisions based on their business plans and that the plans haven't shown a pattern indicating a single reaction to the looming sequestration. Defense News (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DOD budget cuts, with or without sequestration, are seen
    Experts suggest procurement and personnel will be the two hardest-hit areas of the Pentagon budget, and that cuts will come even if lawmakers and the White House avert sequestration. "Whether we get budget sequestration or some alternative in the new year, it's pretty clear that military spending will continue drifting downward as our divided political system grapples with deficit reduction," said Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute. Google/Agence France-Presse (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Air Force chief urges no new cuts to F-35
    The F-35 program shouldn't bear additional cost cutting, says Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, who warned against further reducing the number of jets on order. "I think we're making progress in the program," Donley said. "Still some challenges, but we're going to make it work." The Wall Street Journal (11/29), Bloomberg (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New technologies are seen for sixth-generation stealth aircraft
    Gen. Mike Hostage, head of Air Combat Command, says it's uncertain what the capabilities of sixth-generation aircraft will be, but that the military is examining technologies that could be significant for the aircraft, which would replace F-22 and F-35 fighters. "I think it will be a combination of really interesting combination of technologies that produce a game-changing capability," Hostage said. AOL Defense (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boeing expects tanker will be safe under sequestration
    Boeing hopes its new refueling tanker for the Air Force will be spared if sequestration cuts to defense spending go forward, and a top official expressed cautious optimism that the project would be safe. "I think actions will be taken to protect the schedule on the tanker, and to keep it at a full funding level," said Denis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing's defense business. The company has been making some moves to prepare for possible cuts, including looking for more foreign customers and reducing its workforce. Associated Press (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Curiosity's findings will be "an update," NASA says
    Seeking to downplay rumors that its Mars rover has made a breakthrough discovery, NASA says that its announcement expected for today will be more of "an update" than a major surprise. Further, Curiosity hasn't found organic compounds in the soil, officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California have said. "The news conference will be an update about first use of the rover's full array of analytical instruments to investigate a drift of sandy soil," an announcement from the lab said. (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Newest Air Force satellites will double output
    The new Wideband Global Satcom now being built will nearly double the output of Air Force satellites and provide wider global coverage that the military is seeking, the Air Force says. The newest satellites, being developed by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, will launch between 2013 and 2018. Space News International (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senate passes No-Hassle Flying Act
    The Senate has passed a bill that would allow the Transportation Security Administration to waive screenings for baggage from international destinations if the TSA determines that the departure site's screening was adequate. Some U.S. airports are also exploring programs that allow passengers on international flights to move through their destination airport more quickly. The Hill/Floor Action blog (11/29), Houston Chronicle (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AIA News 
  • AIA calls for balanced solution to "fiscal cliff"
    Statement by Marion C. Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association: "On behalf of the aerospace and defense industry, which employs more than one million workers across all 50 states, we are encouraged that there are serious negotiations occurring between the White House and Congressional leadership to avoid our nation's imminent 'fiscal cliff.' " Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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