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October 4, 2010

MILITARY AIRCRAFT UPDATE

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AIRLINE CONSOLIDATION

Low-Cost Combo

PROPULSION

Next Steps

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MILITARY AIRCRAFT UPDATE

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The near-term fate of military aircraft programs will look a lot like most overall defense budgets as countries reel from the recession: Not that bad in the end, but when compared with historic growth of recent years, not that good either. Belt-tightening is pervasive and even though no major program has ended abruptly—or even been capped, as was the F-22—nearly every program is experiencing pain and pressure.
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AIRLINE CONSOLIDATION

Low-Cost Combo

Southwest’s high-risk, highreward deal may show where the low-cost sector is heading

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PROPULSION

Next Steps

Hypersonic hopefuls study Gryphon as potential X-51A successor

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PROPULSION

Power Options

Fast transit, high-capacity needs push planners toward alternate propulsion concepts

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AIR TRANSPORT

Warning Signs

Does slowing airline growth mean profits are already sliding downhill again?

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MISSILE DEFENSE

ARROW SHIELD

Israel expands missile defense umbrella to counter improved threats

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Free Flow

Combined-cycle integrated inlet offers seamless subsonic-to-hypersonic operation

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CYBERWAR

No Fingerprints

Culprits in the cyberattack on Iran are still unknown

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SPACE BUSINESS

Learning to Walk

RapidEye difficulties indicate a long road ahead for commercial imagery business

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MISSILE DEFENSE

A New Hope

U.S. missile defense plans could spur Europe into action

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