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February 6, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • GOP balks at Obama's stop-gap sequester proposal
    President Barack Obama wants to push back the deadline for across-the-board sequestration cuts, but GOP lawmakers say they'll rally against the idea. "If Congress cannot act immediately on a bigger package ... by the time the sequester is [scheduled to] take effect, I believe they should pass a smaller package of cuts and tax reforms to delay by a few more months the sequester," Obama said. Lawmakers critical about the idea said addressing spending now is better than putting off sequestration. Defense News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changes to military export rules ready for Congress
    A reform of the rules governing exporting by defense contractors has been sent to Congress by the State Department, and lawmakers' review of the proposal will begin soon. The proposed changes regulate the export of gas turbines and aircraft products. In a statement accompanying the proposal, the State Department said the redefined aircraft category "does not contain controls on all generic parts, components, accessories, and attachments that are specifically designed or modified for a defense article." Defense News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some GOP leaders may be OK with sequestration
    A growing sentiment among some House Republicans is that the nation's spending is so out of control that allowing sequestration to go forward might not be such a bad idea. "I haven't done the headcount, but I can tell you a large part is committed to saying, we have to reduce spending," said Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. "We'd rather do it another way. But if the only way it can be done is sequestration, then it has to be done." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. defense firms say sequester is already here
    In a meeting this week with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., leaders from Virginia defense firms said the negative effects of the looming sequestration already have hit their businesses and warned that there will be worse fallout if the cuts take place. Firms have slowed research investment, frozen hiring and delayed orders, the contractors told Kaine. "We've been sequestered already," said John Hillen, president and CEO of Sotera Defense. Station, Va. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Commercial Aviation 
  • FAA reported nearly 350 laser strikes on planes in January
    The Federal Aviation Administration reported almost 350 laser strikes on aircraft in January. If the attacks continue at that monthly rate, 2013 will set a new record for laser strikes. "It's a very bright, dazzling beam that comes in, and then the whole inside of the cockpit becomes illuminated with this really bright green light," said pilot Mike Woolner. ABC News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  A&D Workforce 
  • Goodbye, Kitty! Girl launches doll into space
    Lauren Rojas, a 12-year-old from Antioch, Calif., launched her Hello Kitty doll nearly 18 miles into the sky with a weather balloon for her school science fair. The rocket-shaped balloon "basket" carried the doll on a journey recorded with a video camera, and instruments recorded the air pressure and temperature. Rojas created a YouTube video of the project, which will be judged Tuesday. ABC News/Technology blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
February Career Fairs For Polygraph Tested Professionals
Meet the Nation's leading Defense & Intelligence employers at TECHEXPO's Polygraph hiring events. February 12th in Baltimore, MD & February 13th in Reston, VA. TS/SCI clearance with CI or Lifestyle Polygraph is required to attend. To learn more about hiring companies & open positions CLICK HERE
  • Satellite companies want DOD to reform buying
    Executives from a group of satellite companies say they want the Pentagon to change the way it spends money on projects and to consider whether it can save by purchasing commercially built satellites. Executives from SES Government Solutions, XTAR and Intelsat General wrote a letter to the Pentagon suggesting changes that include cost analysis to compare government and commercial satellites and the creation of a single office to manage both kinds of satellites. (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AIA News 
  • 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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