A case of ‘Pentagon Hold ‘Em’

Jan. 30, 2012

Friendly card games are often governed by rules agreed to by the players around the table. If a player suggests a modification – such as a wild card – it can become part of the “house rules.” On the other hand, the world of tournament poker is governed by stringent, standardized rules that also enumerate the penalties for various infractions. The higher the stakes, the less flexible the rules become.

Government contracting is also a high-stakes business, but the business of government contracting is far and away different from high-stakes gambling. In the government marketplace, companies…

The Real Defense Budget Challenges Lie Ahead

Jan. 26, 2012

Today’s announcement from Secretary Panetta should be considered with one overarching question in mind – how do we protect our country’s national and economic security if an additional $500 billion in defense budget cuts are forthcoming? The discussion today on how DOD will cut $487 billion over ten years beginning in fiscal year 2013 was only the trailer for a motion picture with an unscripted climax.

The failure of the Super Committee to address entitlement program and tax reform as the only viable solutions to the budget crisis leaves voters and the defense industry…

Boeing, Thales Select EC135 for Helicopter Aircrew Training System

Jan. 26, 2012

Eurocopter aircraft offers proven, low-risk solution

BRISBANE, Queensland, Jan. 27, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Thales Australia today named the Eurocopter EC135 as the preferred platform for their bid on the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Project AIR 9000 Phase 7 – Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS).

"Boeing and Thales' individual expertise and shared strengths, as well as a strong working relationship spanning more than 15 years, have enabled the design of a truly integrated, cost-effective, low-risk aircrew training solution for the ADF," said Kim Gillis, managing director of Boeing…

AIA: National and Economic Security at Stake

Jan. 24, 2012

In advance of tonight’s State of the Union Address, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey released the following statement:

“The State of the Union can be measured in many ways, but first and foremost is the security of the nation. By that measure, the future of our country is unclear. The President’s Budget Request scheduled for release Feb. 13 targets defense for a $487 billion reduction over ten years.

“However, that isn’t the end. Defense faces more than five hundred billion dollars of additional cuts under a sequestration scenario driven by politics rather than…

Satellite Export Reform Critical to U.S. National Security and Space Industrial Base

Jan. 23, 2012

The U.S. space industry is losing its competitive edge and risks falling short of future national security requirements unless government reforms our export control system and promotes the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, according to a new report released by AIA.

“A strong and globally competitive space industrial and supplier base is a major national security asset,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Reforming America’s export control system and promoting space exports will better serve our national security and bolster our economy and technological leadership.”

The report, Competing for Space: Satellite Export Policy…