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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Jan 23, 2011

Airbus, EADS, Northrop Grumman Senator calls on Air Force to better explain tanker bid mishap. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., says she will pressure the Air Force to give a full explanation of why and how the service was able to inadvertently reveal information about Boeing's and EADS North America's competing aerial refueling tanker bids to each other. The Air Force has maintained that the error did not result an either company getting an unfair advantage, but, in speaking at a Boeing assembly line in Everett, Wash., Cantwell said more questions need to be answered. Jan 21, 2011

Boeing Boeing cutting 900 jobs at Long Beach C-17 plant. The sprawling factory, barring an unlikely rise in demand, is expected to shut down completely by the end of next year. Time is running out at Southern California's last major conventional aircraft factory. Citing declining orders for its C-17 cargo planes, Boeing Co. said it was cutting 900 of the 3,700 jobs at its sprawling Long Beach plant. Barring congressional intervention or a spate of foreign orders N which analysts say is unlikely N the factory is expected to shut down completely by the end of next year. The layoffs, which the company announced late Wednesday, continue the decline in local aerospace jobs. The industry, which employed more than 160,000 people in Southern California in 1990, had an estimated workforce of about 47,650 last year. The C-17 Globemaster III, a massive, four-engine jet that hauls 60-ton tanks, troops and medical gear across continents and yet lands on short runways, has been in production since the early 1990s. Jan 20, 2011

Boeing, General Dynamics Supreme Court debates Boeing, General Dynamics case on state secrets. The Supreme Court took up a potentially landmark case on Tuesday in which Boeing and General Dynamics are challenging the Navy's use of the so-called state secrets privilege when it prevailed in a case involving the canceled stealth fighter A-12 Avenger and requiring Boeing and General Dynamics to pay $3 billion. The state secrets privilege allowed the Navy to avoid disclosing sensitive information, but several justices agreed that it prevented Boeing and General Dynamics from presenting their case, and two justices suggested the fairest solution may be to throw out the case. Jan 19, 2011

Boeing, Lockheed Martin The Israeli air force is to enhance an upgrade programme to...

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