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Industry Week in Review – August 26, 2011

More than 40 months after the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was originally slated for delivery to Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. (“ANA”), U.S and European regulators have awarded regulatory approval for the aircraft to enter commercial service. Originally due in May 2008, ANA will take delivery of the first of its 55 planes on September 26.

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Google’s Motorola Mobility Holdings (MMI) Acquisition From Cyber Perspective: Potential Major Competitive Landscape Change

Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) for $12.5 billion could have broad implications for the cybersecurity competitive landscape. This deal implies not only that Google is no longer hardware agnostic, but now also has broader security concerns—hardware and firmware (in addition to core software) vulnerabilities.

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Aerospace and Defense Companies Navigate Choppy Markets

KippsDeSanto’s upcoming MarketView newsletter details the impact of recent political, budgetary, and economic developments on the outlook for aerospace, defense, and government services companies. This post provides a brief summary of our analysis.

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Industry Week in Review – August 19, 2011

The U.S. government is taking the first steps since its downgrade to avoid a possible double-dip recession. Fed officials announced this week that they will hold short-term interest rates at record, near zero, levels, until at least the middle of 2013, in an effort to spur economic growth. Additionally, the Fed discussed the use of quantitative easing, but, due to the surge in inflation in July (core inflation increased 0.2%, 1.8% since June of last year), a third round of government bond purchases will most likely be postponed.

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Mr. Marlin and the Trends Affecting the Govn’t Market (video)

In the second video of our series, Marc Marlin, a director at KippsDeSanto & Co., talks about the biggest trends affecting the government market and what he finds to be the most interesting. Marc stresses the enjoyment he gets out of interacting with the “true patriots” in the sector who are dedicated to the missions [...]

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Industry Week in Review – August 12, 2011

After trading ended last Friday, the United States credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s to AA+, down from its top grade of AAA. The downgrade reflected the company’s view that, “the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenge.”

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Industry Week in Review – August 5, 2011

On Tuesday, August 2nd, the day the U.S. Treasury warned that it would run out of cash to meet its debt obligations, President Obama signed the deficit-reduction deal that finally raised the U.S. debt ceiling. The deal allows for a two-stage $900 billion debt increase in return for the promise of $917 billion in spending cuts over the next 10 years.

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Mr. Schmidt’s Unique Perspective on the Government Contracting Market (video)

In the first of a new series, here’s an interview with Karl Schmidt for our MarketPulse blog. Karl is our newest director here at KippsDeSanto, and talks about how his military experience gives him a unique perspective on the government contracting market.

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