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
Smallsat Market Looking Up, Euroconsult Says 
More than 500 small satellites will be launched in the next five years, a two-thirds increase in the average number per year compared with the past decade, according to Euroconsult.
Opinion: Military UAV Export Policy A Bigger Deal Than FAA Regulations 
State Department finally lays down a new policy for exporting military and commercial UAS.
Blakey Leaving AIA For Rolls-Royce North America
Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey is leaving her position to become CEO and president of RRNA at the company’s Reston, Virginia, headquarters, and chair its U.S. board of directors.
Military U.S. UAV Export Guidance Marks New Era 
Obama administration announces long-awaited new export guidelines for military UAVs.
USAF, Army Name Favorite Suppliers 
The two armed services this week unveiled their respective lists, following the Navy and Marine Corps last June, as well as the Defense Logistics Agency in December.
Opinion: Expect M&A To Pick Up As Companies Get Positioned 
Merger & Acquisitions will pick up at most levels of industry; the lower level will be the more active.
Harris Buying Exelis To Form Major Midtier Contractor 
Harris, Exelis merger, if approved, will create second-largest midtier A&D contractor
VSMPO-Avisma Reiterates Boeing Titanium Supply 
In case anyone is still wondering, Boeing’s work with Russia’s VSMPO-Avisma for titanium supplies remains unchanged and robust, despite Western sanctions elsewhere due to the conflict in Ukraine.
Fiscal 2016 U.S. Defense Request Aims High, Out Of Reach  1
If enacted for fiscal 2016, the combined $534.3 billion “baseline” and $50.9 billion off-book Overseas Contingency Operations requests would be an increase of almost $25 billion, around 4%, over the current fiscal year’s total.
Analysts: U.S. Defense Budget Represents Desires, Not Reality 

Financial and defense analyst reaction to the Obama administration’s fiscal 2016 defense budget request and five-year spending blueprint on Feb. 2 was largely muted, tempered by the reality that Washington is a gridlocked capital and President Barack Obama’s spending-growth proposal represents just the latest step in a marathon that may not end.

The reason is because while Congress generally wants to spend what is requested or more, no one can agree how to do so.

DOD
Pentagon Budget Seeks More Money, Cuts Than Capitol Hill Wants
The Obama administration’s budget blueprint for the next five fiscal years will try to kick-start the long-awaited defense technology push at the Pentagon.
Back To The Future At United Technologies 
Members of the new senior management team at aerospace and industrial conglomerate United Technologies Corp. (UTC) might be old, but they are pleasing Wall Street with movements toward growth.
Archrivals Continue To Team Up In A&D 
Shrinking defense budgets, fewer programs, and tech developments in other industries creating incentives for A&D rivals to cooperate to win awards.
 
Blogs
Mar 2, 2015
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1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 2

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 17

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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