February 2012 eUpdate

Jan. 31, 2012

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World’s largest rocket contest helps aspiring STEM leaders take off

Jan. 31, 2012

Nearly 700 teams of middle and high school students across 48 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands are gearing up for the 2012 Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket contest and a critical piece of the aerospace industry’s workforce development pipeline.

The 10th anniversary competition is the most challenging in the history of the event. This year, each team is tasked with designing and building a rocket carrying a two egg payload to 800 feet and back during a 43- to 47-second flight without cracking. A…

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…