Michael Bruno

Michael Bruno
Senior Business Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Washington, Michael is Aviation Week's Senior Business Editor. He covers aviation, aerospace and defense businesses, supply chains and other related issues.
 
Since joining Aviation Week in 2005, Michael also has helped cover federal budgets and congressional affairs. For six years through 2012 he managed a unique team of defense and space reporters and freelance writers that garnered three Jesse H. Neal business journalism awards, established the award-winning Ares defense technology blog, and produced the former Defense Technology International monthly magazine. Michael periodically helps host Aviation Week’s annual DTAR, MRO Military and A&D Programs conferences, and speaks at other engagements.
 
Prior to Aviation Week, Michael was a reporter 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.

Articles
Advocates: U.S. Defense Sector Needs New Directions 

Bill Lynn has seen the future of the U.S. defense industry, and it looks a lot like a Honda Civic.

Lynn—a former No. 2 Pentagon official and now CEO of the North American arm of Italy’s Finmeccanica and its U.S. proxy DRS Technologies—recalls how in the late 1970s and early 1980s it was unpatriotic for Americans to drive a car without a Detroit provenance. Everything about cars in the U.S. then was American, from their supply chains to their shareholders, headquarters and customers.

U.S. Defense Industry To Mirror Car Business, Former Deputy SecDef Says 

U.S. defense officials and executives must figure out how to shepherd more industrial consolidation, bring more commercial technology into the defense sector, and embrace the notion that the business model of providing national security is becoming more global in character, according to a former No. 2 Pentagon official.

William Lynn III, CEO of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies, and President Barack Obama’s first deputy defense secretary, says that in the future the West’s defense industry could come to look a lot like the auto industry.

U.S. Defense Industry To Mirror Car Business, Lynn Says 

U.S. defense officials and executives must figure out how to shepherd more industrial consolidation, bring more commercial technology into the defense sector, and embrace the notion that the business model of providing national security is becoming more global in character, according to a former No. 2 Pentagon official.

S&P: Boeing Credit At Risk Without Ex-Im 
Boeing could face “long-term credit risks” if the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the official export credit agency of America, is not reauthorized before October, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said July 8.
From M&A To Aircraft Lives, Private Money
Private investors continue to weigh in and affect industry outcomes
Alcoa Deal For Firth Rixson Seen As Positive for Others Too 
Shareholders and analysts are viewing major aluminum producer Alcoa’s $2.85 billion acquisition deal to buy the parent company of Firth Rixson, a leading provider of rings and forgings for aircraft engines, as positive not just for those companies, but even rival Precision Castparts.
 
“Alcoa’s bullish prognosis on the aerospace outlook, particularly in engine parts, has a direct read-across to Precision Castparts’s competing businesses
Commercial Jet Engine Parts Providers Next For M&A: Lazard 
Commercial jet engine component providers could be the next sector in line to experience a significant roll-up regarding mergers and acquisitions, says Michael Richter, managing director and head of the aerospace and defense investment banking group at Lazard.
Latest Blogs
Jul 31, 2014
blog

FADEC-equipped Diesels Need More Electrical Back-Ups 1

At AirVenture this year, I’ve seen numerous new aero turbo-diesel engines on display in various states of development....More
Jul 31, 2014
blog

Fuel-Air Rockets Arrive In Iraq

The residents of Gaza have one thing going for them -- they are not being targeted by Iraq's newest weapon....More
Jul 31, 2014
blog

Thai Airways ends 37 years of A300 operations

Thai Airways flew its last A300 flight today according to Thai Airways' Facebook page, ending 36 years of A300 operations....More
Jul 30, 2014
blog

Big to Small, Oshkosh Has It All 1

Oshkosh covers the whole range of aviation, from individual homebuilders to mega-names....More

More blogs

NEW: Sign up to Aviation Week eBulletin

Daily analysis on technology advances impacting the global aviation, aerospace & defense industries.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×