Summit Notebook

Lockheed Martin bracing for a new reality

September 8, 2010

Lockheed Martin CEO Robert Stevens says despite cost cutting, the defense industry will survive based on new global security needs and adds that Lockheed’s portfolio is well positioned for change.

AIA CEO Blakey says she’s got Jet-A in her veins

December 16, 2009

AERO-ARMS-SUMMITAerospace Industries Association Chief Executive Officer Marion Blakey says when she started working on aviation issues earlier in her career she was hooked.

EADS O’Keefe sees corporate life similarities to government, academia

December 16, 2009

He’s been head of NASA, the Navy, and Louisiana State University and spent practically his whole professional life in either government or academia. USA/AERO-ARMS-SUMMIT

Would you send a postcard of Boeing’s new Dreamliner?

December 16, 2009


For some fans, Boeing’s first test flight of its new 787 Dreamliner this week was apparently a virtual postcard.

Goodrich CFO saw transformation from tires to aerospace

December 15, 2009

Goodrich Corp. Chief Financial Officer Scott Kuechle recalls when he first started at the company about 25 years ago the firm was mainly in tires, commodity chemicals and industrial products. Aerospace defense was a “very small” component buried in its industrial business. AERO-ARMS-SUMMIT/

Rockwell Collins CEO: ex-fighter pilot sees need for pilotless aircraft

December 15, 2009

On the surface, it would appear that a fighter pilot would have little interest in a remotely piloted aircraft, which more and more are being used in wars for reconnaissance and firing missiles.

L-3 chief Strianese: “I was not born a CEO”

December 15, 2009

The Chief Executive Officer of L-3 Communications says he’s a “city kid” from New York who worked his way up from loading trucks in the Bronx as a college student to being in charge of  a large U.S. defense contractor. AERO-ARMS-SUMMIT/

A drone by any other name…

December 14, 2009

The drone that was formerly known as the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has a new name — the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

Pratt and Whitney’s Hess: corporate jets got bad rap

December 14, 2009

Pratt and Whitney President David Hess says corporate jets got a bad rap from Washington and the rhetoric hurt the industry.

Lockheed CEO: “Not miffed” over Obama nixing presidential helicopter

December 14, 2009

President Barack Obama was quite blunt earlier this year about a  new fleet of presidential helicopters being built by Lockheed Martin Corp., citing it as an example of the procurement process “gone amok.”