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.

Opinion: A&D Companies Load Up On Debt For Purchases 
Many players in the aerospace and defense arena are opting to take on more debt ahead of the projected rise in interest rates anticipated this fall.
New Leader at Rolls-Royce Illustrates Investor Anxiety  3
Rolls’s results were worsening in a way not seen since the worldwide financial crisis of 2008.
Warren East To Succeed John Rishton As Rolls-Royce CEO
LONDON — Warren East, a former CEO of semi-conductor firm ARM Holdings, will replace John Rishton as Rolls-Royce CEO starting July 2, the company announced April 22.
While not wholly unexpected, the change at London headquarters – following a similar North American CEO change with key U.S.
TPC Winners Are Not The Best Defense Contractors
BAE may not be leading the pack of its TPC peers, but it is managing its business portfolio and it is a leading performer for the Pentagon.
Top-Performing Companies Prove Their Business Prowess 5
Are some A&D companies becoming too good at business? Many are acting like well-oiled corporations, doing all the right things for their owners and executives—but maybe not for the nations they serve.
Pensions, Financial Tricks Help Companies Look Good
If not for a growing tailwind benefit of how Lockheed accounts for its pension liabilities, as well as its FX hedging and other asset-management accounting moves, its 2014 financial results and TPC scores would look worse.
Pentagon Reaches Out To Silicon Valley 
Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Stanford University audience in the valley that the time had come for the technology sector and the military to “renew the bonds of trust” and mutual benefit.
Pentagon Push For Industry R&D May Yet Have Consequences  2
While new requirements like that might seem onerous, remember that the whole technology push represents an opportunity to industry.
Boeing Surprises With Cash Use In First Quarter 
For any other aerospace and defense contractor, it would have been a great first quarter. But for Boeing, Wall Street is expressing its mild disappointment over the first financial results of 2015.
Pentagon To Reassert Role Over Industry Research 
U.S. defense contractors will have to notify and seek the endorsement of a Defense Department official regarding some of their self-funded research efforts under the latest implementation of the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative.
Opinion: Market Capital And National Capitals Getting Aligned 
Arms exports from companies in EU member states taking a hit as governments think twice about approving deals with Russia and countries in the Middle East
With Consolidation, Midtier A&D Providers Bulk Up 
What could spur Alcoa to pony up maybe $5 billion in less than a year? Aerospace and defense market share
Leading Arms-Providing Countries Drive Higher Or Drop 
Germany is backing away from the global arms export trade, China is closer to becoming a net exporter, and the U.S. and Russia are almost neck and neck in providing the most weaponry abroad.
Sikorsky Not Profitable Enough For United Technologies 

Europe’s aviation regulator has proposed a framework for unmanned aircraft with three categories of operation based on risk, the lowest of which would not involve any oversight by aviation regulators. 

The European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) “Concept of Operations for Drones” says unmanned aircraft “should be regulated in a manner proportionate to the risk of the specific operation.”

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May 18, 2015

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Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

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May 11, 2015

NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

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May 10, 2015

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May 7, 2015

Vantage Searches For An Advantage 3

It's easy to see why the composite machine turns heads; it sits high on a fighter-jet type landing gear, has a spaceship-like cockpit and those forward-swept wings, which beyond looking awesome, allow for a larger cabin as the main structure for the wings can be behind the seating area....More

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