In my time as Aviation Week’s editor-in-chief, nothing we have put forth so far has generated as much outrage as our naming Russian President Vladimir Putin Person of the Year in 2015. Though we prominently labeled Putin “notorious,” a number of readers still missed the point that Person of the Year is not an honor, but our assessment of which individual has had the biggest impact—for better or worse—on the aerospace, defense and aviation industries in the year ...

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