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
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.”

Sikorsky Not Profitable Enough For United Technologies 11
“The future is bright for Sikorsky,” says the CEO of the rotorcraft maker’s parent company, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) – but it is not bright enough to keep it inside UTC.
Private Equity Owners Sell, Buy Their Way Through A&D 
“The deal highlights another exit by private equity of a multiyear defense services investment,” says analyst Byron Callan of Capital Alpha Partners.
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 2
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.
 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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