As EADS focuses on putting in place a new management team next year, it only needs to look to Finmeccanica for a refresher course on how things can go wrong. Despite efforts to address uncertainties before the year is out, both companies have failed to fully clear the decks in 2011, pushing difficult decisions into 2012. The situation at Finmeccanica is particularly critical after ratings company Standard & Poor's (which, like Aviation Week, is a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies) ...

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