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February 4, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • Pentagon will submit sequestration plan by Friday
    The Pentagon will submit a plan for dealing with sequestration to the White House by the end of this week, sources say. The Friday deadline will give the Defense Department several weeks to prepare for the defense cuts scheduled for March 1. The automatic cuts include $500 billion over 10 years. Defense News (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Officials should "disarm" sequestration, BAE Systems CEO says
    Defense contractors are urging Congress to find a way to halt the automatic defense cuts from sequestration. "It's time that our elected officials focus and disarm the so-called doomsday device they set in motion," wrote Linda Hudson, president and CEO of BAE Systems, in a blog post. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Embraer will sell KC-390 to international markets
    Embraer's KC-390 is undergoing a critical design review with the Brazilian air force. After the review is finished, Embraer plans to sell the twin-turbofan tanker/transport to international markets. "[By June] we will be ready to go to market with terms and conditions and a final configuration," said Luiz Carlos Aguilar, the CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. Aerospace Daily & Defense Report (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Navy to prep for sequestration by canceling ship maintenance
    The U.S. Navy plans to cancel maintenance on 23 warships this month to prepare for sequestration. The ships include two aircraft carriers and 15 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. "We're already riding these ships much harder ... taking them out on deployments three and fourth months longer," said John Daniels, the Navy League's top spokesman. AOL Defense (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Republican senators oppose Hagel nomination
    After a confirmation hearing for Chuck Hagel last week, more Republican senators say they will vote against him for defense secretary. "Senator Hagel's answers before the committee were simply too inconsistent, particularly as they related to Iran and Israel," said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in a statement. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Commercial Aviation 
  • NTSB is "making progress" on 787 investigation
    The National Transportation Safety Board issued another update on Friday of its investigation into the Boeing Dreamliner 787. "Our investigators are moving swiftly and we are making progress," said Kelly Nantel, an NTSB spokeswoman. Reuters (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AIA sounds the alarm on economic downturn report
    Statement by Marion C. Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association on reports of the contraction of the U.S. economy in the 4th quarter of 2012. – The contraction of the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter underscores AIA's warning for the past 18 months that severe across the board budget cuts—both to defense and non-defense discretionary spending—threaten to throw the economy into a tailspin. Read more. 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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