Michael Bruno

Michael Bruno
Senior Business Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Washington, Bruno is Aviation Week's Senior Business Editor. He covers aviation, aerospace and defense businesses, their supply chains and related issues. Since joining Aviation Week in 2005, Bruno also has covered U.S. federal budgets, regulatory issues and congressional affairs.

For six years through 2012 he was managing editor of a unique team of defense and space reporters and freelancers that garnered three Jesse H. Neal business journalism awards, "the Pulitzer Prize of business media." Bruno was also the lead author for two Neals himself. He is the founder of Aviation Week & Space Technology’s Going Concerns business column and frequently provides the popular Washington Outlook column.

Besides reporting, Bruno regularly hosts or helps organize Aviation Week’s conferences and events, such as the Laureates Awards and AerospaceDefenseChain conference. He offers expert insight as a keynote speaker and panelist and has appeared at the Wharton Aerospace Conference and numerous prime-contractor and consultant conferences, as well as in other news outlets like Grant’s Interest Rate Observer and foreign media.

Prior to Aviation Week, Bruno was a staff writer for the Washington Post and BNA covering businesses and federal acquisition. He has a master's in print journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's from Vanderbilt University.

Digitization Set To Remake A&D Industry 
Digitization of the aerospace and defense industry could be one of the biggest changes in the next five years.
GAO Criticizes U.S. Air Force A-10 Retirement Planning 
In this week’s Washington Outlook column: the GAO dings the Air Force on A-10 retirement plans, and Maryland Space Business Roundtable attendees weigh in on the U.S. presidential election.
In U.S.-Iran Deals, Regulatory Hurdles Remain 
With a new U.S. administration and Congress set to take office in January, original equipment manufacturers are working methodically but quickly to line up all the necess
Flight-Management Systems Market Growing 6% 
The flight-management systems market will hit $3.13 billion by 2021, according to consulting company ASDReports, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of 6.23%.
Industry Faces Paradox Of Wanting, Fearing Retirements  3
While industry retirements are of concern, so too is low attrition, especially as Silicon Valley muscles into A&D’s wheelhouse.
GAO: Airlines Maintain Outsourced MRO Structure 
The report came as some aviation stakeholders have questioned FAA’s oversight of foreign repair stations
Aerospace Metal Additive Manufacturing To Grow 21% 
Consultants Frost & Sullivan estimate it will reach $2.23 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.7%.
Airline Passenger Group Says Congress Failing 
Out of more than 100 possible points assigned by an advocacy group, the average letter grade for members of Congress was a “D,” for “poor.”
A&D Sector Works For Trans-Pacific Partnership  2
It might be stalled for now, but ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement promises to be a key priority for the U.S. aerospace and defense sector after the November elections.
Lockheed Martin Trades Lower As Leidos Deal Underwhelms 
The largest defense contractor in the world saw its share price drop roughly 3% on Aug. 16 after Lockheed Martin announced a lower final deal value for a business unit spinoff to information technology (IT) company Leidos.
A&D Supplier Mergers, Acquisitions Reshaping Industry  1
The supply chain faces a situation not unlike the advice a Harvard Law School dean supposedly gave to incoming students: “Look to your left, look to your right, because one of you won’t be here by the end of the year.”
The Second Coming Of The Supply Chain  1
Supply chain squeezes by OEMs and Tier 1s are entering follow-on phases, like Boeing’s PFS 2.0. Older market trends are cementing and new ones emerging.
Private Equity Firm KBR Buys Honeywell Unit 
Honeywell International has unloaded its government-focused engineering and operations services business unit to a private equity giant.
U.S. Elections: What Is Industry Not Preparing For?  4
Whether business activity comes to a plateau, soft landing or hard crash, manufacturers will not take notice until order cancellations or deferrals tick up to historical rates or beyond.
Opinion: Industry Refocusing On Program Execution  1
Program execution is re-emerging as a make-or-break factor for companies as the focus shifts from selling to delivering across A&D.

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