May 20, 2002

COVER STORY

A Sweet Solution At Delta Techops

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

What Ails U.S. Workforce? A Diploma and A Pink Slip

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Nuclear Megaliths Intact Despite Hefty Drawdown

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A Sweet Solution At Delta Techops

The Atlanta-based carrier is seeking an efficiency edge from software as it hunts for third-party MRO contracts

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What Ails U.S. Workforce? A Diploma and A Pink Slip

WASHINGTON If you want to know what’s wrong with the U.S. aerospace industry, ask Sandra Goins. In 1996, Goins, who lives in Seattle with her husband and two children, had been working in a document copying center at Boeing for eight years when she decided to apply for a technical apprenticeship in a program jointly run by the company and the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

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Nuclear Megaliths Intact Despite Hefty Drawdown

WASHINGTON The extraordinary 60% reduction in intercontinental nuclear weapons that the U.S. and Russia are slated to sign this week in Moscow will leave both sides with about 2,000 deployed warheads each in 2012, plus thousands more in reserve and tens of thousands of short-range tactical nuclear arms.

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Army Special Ops Aviation Poised for Major Growth

Additional manned, unmanned aircraft would yield increased firepower, greater versatility

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'National Aerospace Initiative’ Pushes Dual-Use Technology

WASHINGTON The U.S. Defense Dept, is spearheading an interagency efficiency drive that could see hypersonic weapons technology evolving into airbreathing first stages for space launch vehicles. Ultimately, the push could extend into other dual-use items like sensors, communications and space nuclear power.

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Worsening Insurance Crunch Worries Space Industry

PARIS The satellite industry is bracing for a further surge in insurance costs as it continues to struggle with rock-bottom demand that’s expected to persist for at least another year. According to figures released here last week at the annual Euroconsult space transportation conference by Assicurazioni Generali, the space insurance industry had to pay out claims of $830 million last year, against just $490 million in premiums.

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ISS ‘Lifeboat’ Study Includes ELVs

WASHINGTON NASA’S Space Launch Initiative (SLI) office plans to present top agency management with a list of options next month for getting humans to and from the International Space Station, including the use of expendable rockets to launch reusable crew vehicles.

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Senate Boosts Aviation, Chops Missile Defense

WASHINGTON The Senate Armed Services Committee, backing its House counterpart, wants to add hundreds of millions of dollars to the President’s Fiscal 2003 budget request for military aviation programs, and carry on with combat aircraft procurement that is increasingly threatened by the Pentagon’s own budget axe.

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Army Acquiring More UAVs To Explore New Technologies

Nashville Tenn The U.S. Army is looking to expand its arsenal of UAVs through the addition of unmanned Cobra helicopters, Predator-Bs, A-160 Hummingbirds and other systems. Much of the flurry of UAV activity is focused on experimenting with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems and weaponizing the aircraft.

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U.K. Defense Ministry to Weigh Early Watchkeeper Debut

LONDON The British Defense Ministry will soon begin to evaluate whether its ambition to field quickly a key unmanned aerial vehicle system is achievable—and affordable. Bids were submitted on Mar. 14 for the 600-million-pound ($874-million) Watchkeeper program.

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