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Podcast: What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Aerospace and Defense?

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on Nov 9, 2016

It will mean a lot more money for a while until the soaring national debt forces massive economies.

on Nov 11, 2016

Perhaps he will demand (having shown to be vastly ignorant of how laws are made and appropriations made) US airlines buy his greatly admired dictator-bromance, Putin's world-beating "SuperJet" from his pal, the butcher of Dombass. The Pentagon has its work cut out, starting with explaining, since Trump didn't know what the Nuclear Triad is. Such things not important for getting out of paying taxes and promising and lying to desperate coal miners he's bringing their jobs back.

on Nov 11, 2016

Agree that Trump has a tough learning test to cover all aspects of national governance. Just as Obama had to learn how to pronounce Marine "corpsman," put his right hand over his heart rather than his left hand when he stood for the national anthem, and that America had 50 states instead of 57, Trump has a lot to learn. Just as Obama was born in America, I'm sure Trump has paid his taxes. If not he would have been challenged by Obama's gestapo, the IRS. As for bring back coal mining jobs, that's a no brainer, since many jobs that still exist were to be eliminated by Hillary Clinton in her campaign platform.

on Nov 12, 2016

Perhaps he will bring some business knowhow to the Whitehouse. How laws are made is the easy part. Any dumb clerk or ex Politican to advise him in that area. Should not cost to much to hire some good clerks in that area or failed Politician since dumb by rote clerks or technicians dont usually understand how to make money. Maybe he will buy the Superjet if it is competitive but insist Russia drop its Tariffs on US aircraft if the US guarantees not to use sanctions indiscriminately in the future. A win win for both. Big deal he did not know what the nuclear triad meant. A bit if jargon. Do you understand all the jargon used in Trumps areas of business. No but you still consider yourself some sort of economic expert. With the middle class in the USA at the same standard of living as 30 years ago cant you understand they are tired of theory people like you usually on the public bankroll directly or in an industry bankrolled by the Gov are fed up. Just a guess. Like the US banking industry. Propped up. The military industrial complex. All bankrolled by the Gov no matter how corrupt or incompetent they prove to be. Also I fail to see how you can describe the people of Donbass as butchers. Do they attack residential areas with artillery all the time. Do they rely on neo NAZIs to govern. Have they ever burnt to death 60-160 unarmed protesters like those in Odessa. Did they ban the Communist Party and the Pro Russia Party like the Regime in Ukraine. Have 16 leading opposition political people or reporters mysteriously been found dead in the Donbass area. Stop sulking Hillary did not win. Can you explain why about 1 million refugees from East Ukraine fled to Russia with only a handfull fleeing to Poland etc. There are two sides to every story. I did not like either candidate but as an Aussie I am happy Trump got in rather than Hillary the war monger. Odds on once she had complete power we may have seen HillaryDeHun emerge to a far worse degree.

on Nov 11, 2016

Perhaps he will demand (having shown to be vastly ignorant of how laws are made and appropriations made) US airlines buy his greatly admired pal, bromance, Putin's, world-beating "SuperJet" from his pal, the butcher of the Dombass. The Pentagon has its work cut out, starting with explaining, since Trump didn't know what the Nuclear Triad is. Such things not important for getting out of paying taxes, surrounding himself with Russian spies,and promising and lying to desperate coal miners he's bringing their jobs back.

on Nov 9, 2016

The Forbes quote of the day today, November 9, 2016 is:

“With public opinion on our side, we can do anything, without it nothing.”
- George Washington

Words of President #1 to #45 who had more Americans vote against him than for him?

on Nov 10, 2016

Yet another sore-loser leftie, Mark?

on Nov 10, 2016

Count me in. Call me sore.

on Nov 10, 2016

The Obama administration has done little or nothing to promote the Aviation industry. Perhaps Donald Trump will increase military spending. Many branches of the military are reporting shortages in turbine engine parts.

Just a thought.

on Nov 12, 2016

From what he has said he will not but odds on he will try to make the military infustrial complex more competive and make the military concentrate on the necessary. Keep out of unwinnable wars etc.

on Nov 12, 2016

Count me in, too. I'm sore and a lefty. And I'm proud to have stood with her rather than you, standing with a 4x bankrupt company, racist, sexual assault "hero". Oh, who's now in the pocket of the Russians. Great choice you made.

I think his tiny hands on aviation will cause big problems, especially if he's going all-in on his protectionist talk.

on Nov 10, 2016

This is the third time in US history that a president was elected without winning the majority of the popular vote. The nationwide popular vote isn't how presidents are elected. It isn't going to change because doing away with the Electoral College would require a constitutional amendment and the smaller states would never vote to ratify it.

on Nov 10, 2016

I'm awaiting the executive order that reverses the election as well as the EC as means of election...

on Nov 10, 2016

Larry, I was just approached by a group passing a petition to call for a change from EC to popular vote, and they said it was easy because it does not require a Constitutional amendment.

on Nov 12, 2016

You could go to a Parliamentary system like we have in Australia. The Senate has equal numbers from each State. The Reps is by more or less equal electorates all over Australia. They then pick there Leader. Then you could have a President as a figure head. Picked by all the States and Federal House of Reps. Aus will go that way or something like that one day. A ceremonial President with the reserve power to order an election or pull into line a Gov getting out of line. That role today is held by our Governor. Now Aus is less than 50 percent Anglo decent it is only a matter of time. There is no support to go the US way. Our President will only ever have the right to intervene if the Gov gets out of order. Our Prime Minister is the real head of Gov. Our Military does what the House of Reps says but if it gets out of hand the Military owes first aleigance to our Governor "President". He can order the Army to remove them and organise a new election. A safeguard. When Aus Soldiers salute they salute the Queen and her Governor. The Governor will probably be replaced by a President in the next 10/20 years. Same power as Governor but all the ex. Anglos just stopped it about 10 years ago. The beauty of our system is it allows minor parties to form and have real influence.

on Nov 10, 2016

We live in a republic, not a democracy. Civics 101

on Nov 10, 2016

A republic can be a democracy. See France for example.
Republic means that a or several legislative body(ies) is(are) in charge of the powers.
Democracy is a means of choosing and designating the persons who are the people's representation.
A republic that is not a democracy is for instance China.
A democracy that is not a republic is for instance the UK (a Monarchy).
The US is a Democratic Republic: the people own the powers, and they choose their representatives. It is just simply not a direct democracy.

on Nov 10, 2016

We live in a Dual Dictatorship, where two parties rule. Elites control both of them. Most of us know that the single, most effective way to end it is to force a constitutional amendment that outlaws private funding of elections. Clear and simple.

on Nov 10, 2016

George Washington offered two shots of whiskey for everyone who voted for him. So few people showed up at the rally they gave me a bottle of whiskey to everyone who voted for him. (Ref: David McCullough)

on Nov 10, 2016

Which gives him the same mandate Bill Clinton had in his second term, when Ross Perot split the conservative vote, or George W. Bush had in his first term, losing the popular vote but winning the electoral vote.

But Bush's critics always forgot Clinton won by a mere plurality the second time. And Trump's critics will constantly forget about that this time, because their objection won't be founded on logic, but rancor.

on Nov 10, 2016

...and count sore lots of people around the world, lefties or not, if any body gares to look outside the Usa (except Poutine and consorts, of course)

on Nov 10, 2016

I have yet to figure out why us people that don't like Trump are labeled "Lefties" ??? It makes no sense, why can't it be that everyone that don't like Trump are just rational thinking people, neither left nor right?

on Nov 10, 2016

One of the big issues is if Trump pisses off other countries...like China for example...any Boeing orders could and probably would be converted to Air Bus orders.

on Nov 10, 2016

I was thinking the same...Good for me I fly Airbus in China...

on Nov 10, 2016

He'll probably start a twitter war with Li Keqiang when he imposes tariffs on I phones and Chinese steel

on Nov 10, 2016

Yes they could. They could also develop their own airplane, which I believe they are in the middle of doing in conjunction with the Russians.

on Nov 10, 2016

Your point is? I buy Korean rather than Chinese in electronics, because the Chinese have been pissing me off since 1989. The thing Trump could do to China which would really piss them off would be to make our trade with them truly free, instead of one-sided - equivalent import regulations, crack down in intellectual property infringement, ban goods made by prisoners or in factories which out-compete American companies because they pollute or abuse their work force... if Trump's serious about making free trade fair trade, he NEEDS to piss a few other countries off.

on Nov 10, 2016

If China is stopped from manipulating the currency exchange rate, and we stop these lop sided trade deals, even if China went with Airbus, the overall U.S. trade deficit would drop. But I think it can be done in such a way that the Chinese we still want to trade with the largest world economy. There are also more customers in the world besides China for aircraft...

on Nov 10, 2016

For military reasons, we need to curtail trade with China very soon, anyway. Our sanctions on Russia are increasingly meaningless if the Russians can just trade with China overland through those new advanced railroads they're building and make up their trade deficit that way.

China benefits from a huge trade surplus with the United States of America while threatening us with their nuclear arsenal, insulting our head of state on his arrival in their country (they can't do that - only we, his sovereign BOSSES, can do that!), bolstering the Russian economy against our sanctions, and asserting the right to build up on open water in the South China Sea and deny free passage through international waters to the rest of the world.

Trump will learn fast that if he expects instant deference from Americans for nothing, he's bound for disappointment. Not even solid performance will get him that, when the worldwide press has already shown they're going to trash him for four years and three months. He may as well get started making America great again by making it employed again. The entire rest of the Pacific Rim is willing to trade with us on terms much better than China offers. It's time we took them up on it.

on Nov 10, 2016

It is sad to see the simplistic understanding of what Trump said. Some of you never successful will for ever hate the more accomplished individual; is the democrat party creed.

on Nov 10, 2016

As part of the new prez's promise to bring our military back up to strength, I feel confident the $$ will be there and with better oversight how it's being spent. We shall see! Calling China out on their currency manipulating practices is going to be interesting and may cause some pain at first, but in the long run it will be of great benefit. So far no one has had to fortitude to do so.

on Nov 10, 2016

Many GREAT comments. The best one says it ALL.... “With public opinion on our side, we can do anything, without it nothing.” ...Amen, and AMEN!

on Nov 10, 2016

Looks like there are a lot of negative lefties here today.

on Nov 10, 2016

Get used to it. Ever since Nixon, the Democratic party has learned that the tactics of personal attacks and fanning hatred among their base help. Hillary Clinton can wear purple all she wants, she ran one of the dirtiest campaigns this nation has had since Obama stole the primaries from her eight years ago.

It used to puzzle me that the Democrats now play dirty pool and get away with it routinely, but I realize they largely control the press and have since the days of Eisenhower. You don't have to raise Kennedy's or Clinton's womanizing to make that point (besides, at least Kennedy's escapades were consensual all around - if either man's wife had truly had a problem with that, they could have obtained divorces).

So we can look forward to four years of negativism, just as George W. Bush had eight years of it from a press determined to pick the winners in politics. The only good point about this is that the press were shown to be wrong, wrong, wrong in their reporting on this campaign. Reportorial slant collided with hard facts, crashed and burned.

It's a shame, too. Poor loser politics have largely been the Democratic game, not that of the Republican party, for the Republicans never had control of the press to the extent the Democrats do. If we had a country which, while revering the right to disagree honestly, eschewed smear campaigns (which the Obama-leaning media committed in 2008 and 2012) and outright false reporting, our combined national and economic power would keep us strong and the preferred ally of the Free World.

on Nov 10, 2016

it means something rolling down the runway at full military power, not rolling down the tarmac to the bone yard - another general retired - another wing deactivated - another set of nowhere plans for nobody - should be quite a breath of fresh air! BTW - I'm not a Trumpet proponent - just selected the better of two - below average choices - so we "ALL" are waiting and watching - hoping for the best - planning for the worst - much like going down a road that you know you are probably going to get ambushed on... stuff happens, lets roll.

on Nov 10, 2016

"It is sad to see the simplistic understanding of what Trump said."

Which things he said? He said so many things that were contradictory.

He said he would bring back coal mining and then he said he would increase drilling for oil and gas. Coal has been in decline since the 50s, but gas is what has been causing the great coal decline of the last decade. Gas is cheaper per BTU and does not leave the power company with the problem of disposing of ash and clinkers. Maintenance is lower.

So which is he going to do, revive coal mining or increase the supply of gas?

You don't think ahead. For thirty years the Republican Party has studiously avoided satiating the base as doing so will leave them satisfied and really turnout the usually lackadaisical Democrat base.

As George W, Bush did in 2006 and 2008.

Now the Republicans will have to satiate the base or risk it's wrath.

Ask Maximilien de Robespierre what happens when you work a mob up into a rage and don't satisfy their every whim.

Revolution is a dangerous business, especially when in the form of a personality cult.

Real conservatives are quite opposed to revolutions for very sound reasons.

on Nov 10, 2016

Ask Maximilien de Robespierre what happens when you work a mob up into a rage and don't satisfy their every whim.

You get Trump! He's the direct result of Obama's failed policies. That is simply undeniable.

on Nov 10, 2016

We have 4 years of disaster ahead of us, economically, politically, security with a guy who spent the campaign insulting everybody, he is immature.

on Nov 10, 2016

I voted "None of the Above," but Trump is now the president-elect, so the key is to hold him to the various viable promises he made (yeah, among his outrageous comments were a number of valid policies). But relative to trade policies, there has not been even one trade pact that has included a single quid-pro-quo that protected American factories or our labor force from radical displacement, and no, I'm not talking about "protectionism" but rather a true two-way trade pact. Those pacts did however protect and enrich CEOs and the 1%. MAYBE Trump will actually do something about that as he promised, but I'm not holding my breath.

on Nov 11, 2016

I am not an American citizen and AWST is not a political magazine, therefore, I will not comment on the results of the US elections. Although, whoever is president and whatever the program, nobody can bend the rules of physics, chemistry and of sound economics. Therefore, yes, the temperature is rising; it can be ignored but Nature will not ignore us. As long as US car manufacturers ignored fuel saving and smart cars, they were kicked out of international markets and were losing US market share. Once US smart cars were proposed, they managed to get back and export again. At the end, investment in fuel saving and clean energy will pay and, by the way, also helps reducing trade deficits.
Running budget deficits and spending more than what a country can afford will not last forever. Someday, citizens will have to pay back and the more they wait the more it will cost and be painful; Greece is an example I would not recommend. Therefore, debt reduction is a must.
Most of the major undertakings of the 20th century, and for sure 90% of all aerospace developments, were public funded. Twitter, MARS chocolate are the very few exceptions. Indeed, without VLSI, there would be no IPHONE, without DARPA, there would be no INTERNET, without Eisenhower public funding, there would be no US highways, without USAF funding, there would have been no 707/DC8 and jet transport, no high bypass turbofan, no GPS, without NASA, there would be no SPACE X, no winglet, etc. I can carry on like that and write tens of pages. Therefore, if the USA and Europe, Canada and all the others want to improve the life of their citizens, our countries must carry on and invest in R&D and new projects; this is a long term investment, which later helps private enterprises commercialising new products. Good politicians are the ones who are able to select good projects from money wasters. At the end of the day, politicians and decision makers will be judged on what they have performed and not on what they have promised.

on Nov 11, 2016

I love TRUMP and if I was an US citizen I would have voted to ditch that system!!

on Nov 13, 2016

You are an idiot aalexandre.

on Nov 12, 2016

Things may not change much for Aerospace and Defense. Contrary to statements made loudly and frequently about cleaning out Washington Trump is seeking out lobbyists to man his transition team. And make the choices for agency personnel

For example energy lobbyist Michael McKenna is picking key energy policy officials. Michael Catanzaro, lobbyist for oil and gas interests such as Hess Corporation and Devon Energy has the "energy independence" portfolio.

Former chief economist for Bear Sterns, David Malpass is in charge of "economic issues" including operations at the US Treasury Department.

Martin Whimer who’s law firm lobbies for the National Asphalt Pavement Association and the Association of American Railroads.
is overseeing selection of people for "transportation and infrastructure.

Michael Torry, food industry lobbyist is lending a hand selecting the staff for the Dept. of Agriculture.

Jeffery Eisenbach a lobbyist for Verizon and other Telecoms is helping pick FCC staff.

No word so far of who is making the picks for appointees affecting Aerospace and Defense, but it is clear that the broom sweeping Washington is sweeping in, rather than out, lobbyists and special interests.

on Nov 20, 2016

"George Washington offered two shots of whiskey for everyone who voted for him. So few people showed up at the rally they gave me a bottle of whiskey to everyone who voted for him. (Ref: David McCullough)"

The Declaration of Independence was written in a bar.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Barrooms were frequently polling places and buying a man a drink was a common practice.

I believe the only locality still utilizing an occasional bar as a polling place now days is Philadelphia, PA.

on Dec 4, 2016

The appointment of General Mattis as Secretary of Defense bodes well.

At least there will be a rational buffer between the petulant, impulsive and vindictive Trump and the Department of Defense.

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