January 2, 2012

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Getting Personal

THE INSIDE TRACK

Private Spying

SPACE

CRISIS and CONFIDENCE

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Getting Personal

There is no shortage of influential people in aerospace/defense when you take into account all the significant players in both the public and private sectors. Some are largerthan-life figures who have the power literally to change the course of events globally—not to mention the fortunes of companies around the world, directly or indirectly.
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THE INSIDE TRACK

Private Spying

Butler National works through bizjet downturn with specialized mods

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SPACE

CRISIS and CONFIDENCE

China poised to expand into European satcom market as Russia’s space program stumbles

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DEFENSE

Catalyst for Change

The F-35 is pushing Japan to accept international partners in military production

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DEFENSE

New Details

RQ-170 payload lost in Iran is identified

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DEFENCE

Lights Out

Boeing’s grip on missile defense erodes as Pentagon shelves Airborne Laser

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DEFENCE

LASt Chance

Spurned aircraft builder goes to court seeking reinstatement in trainer competition

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DEFENSE

Hands-Free Delivery

In a remote corner of a distant war, unmanned logistics comes to life

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SPACE SCIENCE

Fraternal Twins

Right size, wrong place sums up Kepler’s closest Earth-like finds

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AEROSPACE BUSINESS

Proving Ground

Supplier concerns have Airbus hold off, for now, on further production increases

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