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February 8, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • White House, Boehner are at an impasse on sequester
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is standing by his call for spending cuts, but no tax hikes, as a sequester solution. However, the White House is faulting him for what it calls a "list of demands" before sequestration takes place. The White House is referring to options Republicans previously floated as an alternative to the across-the-board cuts. Neither side has put forward a detailed plan this year that would halt the sequestration, due to hit March 1. The Hill (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Defense cuts are "utterly unconscionable," Kendall tells Wall Street
    In a meeting this week with Wall Street finance executives, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall made it clear how he feels about looming cuts to the defense budget. "It is utterly unconscionable -- utterly unconscionable -- that Congress will allow sequestration to go on," Kendall said at an aerospace and defense industry conference in New York. Kendall also affirmed his support for performance-based logistics contracts, which he said typically save the Defense Department about 15% on costs. AOL Defense (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sequester would hit F-35, tanker deal and flying time
    If sequestration goes through, the Air Force will have to reduce flying hours, delay production of a new drone, cut the number of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet it buys and throw into question a $52 billion Boeing tanker contract. That's the message the Air Force sent to Congress during a presentation Wednesday, and it's a message likely to be followed by similar warnings from other service branches. All are telling lawmakers this week about how they will deal with the sequestration cuts if they take place. Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Budget cuts harm U.S. nuclear defense, general warns
    The U.S. is less able to prevent a nuclear attack and lodge its own airstrikes when needed due to squeezed budgets and the reduced flying hours the Air Force will see if the sequester takes place, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, warned this week. "If you basically stop flying for three months, you're not only going to lose your air crew proficiency, you're going to lose proficiency of all of those maintainers," Kowalski said. U.S. News & World Report (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Economy slowing due to tax hikes, spending squeeze
    Sequestration cuts and tax increases will hamper the economy's growth, slowing it this year to 1.4%, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this week. The CBO projects a pickup in the economy in 2014, and said sequestration would shrink the deficit until 2015, but that beyond that time, deficits would grow again as the population ages and federal debt servicing and health care costs climb. CNNMoney (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Curiosity completes minidrill test
    Curiosity has proven it can drill holes on the surface of Mars, having completed its first minidrill test of the equipment designed to pulverize rock into sample-size particles. The rover created a hole 0.8 inches deep into a rock scientists call "John Klein" and which was chosen because it appears to have once been subjected to water. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shift to private flight is keyed to space station, NASA says
    The International Space Station will create the market needed for private spaceflight to grow, says William Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations. Using the station to drive the market for commercial enterprises will be key in the future as government space budgets are squeezed, he said. "At some point we need to show that there's a market advantage, there's a reason that commercial companies want to be in space, independent of the government," Gerstenmaier said. Aerospace Daily & Defense Report (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AIA Member Spotlight: Southco, Inc.
    Recently joining AIA as an associate member, Southco is a global industry leader in engineered access innovation and design excellence. The company's goal is to combine unique products and services with industry expertise to help its customers differentiate their brand and enhance the user experience. See full list of AIA member companies. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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