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December 31, 1969

Defense Procurement

Viet Policy Shaping New Patterns

Space Technology

Shuttle Dominates Post-Apollo Era

Air Transport

Challenges Mark Opening of 1970s

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Defense Procurement

Viet Policy Shaping New Patterns

Washington-Major shift in defense procurement patterns, consonant with the Nixon Administration’s determination to reduce U.S. participation in the Vietnam war, will become apparent in the Fiscal 1971 Defense Dept. budget. New weapon development programs, postponed or stretched out because of the budgetary exigencies of war, are fast returning to the forefront as expenditures decline sharply for personnel, operations and maintenance, ammunition and replacement off-the-shelf hardware.
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Space Technology

Shuttle Dominates Post-Apollo Era

Trend in space technology research and development efforts is leveling for the foreseeable future at between $3.5 and $4 billion annually. New program starts will be at a minimum funding initially, while the U.S. decides which course to pursue in the post-Apollo era.
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Air Transport

Challenges Mark Opening of 1970s

Washington-Unprecedented challenges in the fields of finance, marketing and operations await the world’s airline industry as it enters the 1970 decade. Since the introduction of the jet transport in late 1958, the airlines have operated in a relatively placid environment.
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Avionics

Resistance to Complexity Rises

The year 1970 is likely to mark the end if not the reversal of the swing of the pendulum of avionics complexity which has so characterized avionic engineering and procurement during the past decade. During the coming decade, there will be greatly increased emphasis, especially in military hardware, on improved reliability, on holding or rolling back the unnecessary “gold-plating” and on meeting contractual commitments.
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Business Flying

Industry Fighting Slide in Economy

Effects of the nation’s economic slowdown are expected to be reflected in lower business aircraft and general aviation sales in 1970, but the prospect has not prevented most manufacturers from continuing to enlarge their product line.
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