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September 05, 2011 21:00 ET

Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit -- 6-8 September -- Top Names From Aerospace and Arms Makers to Discuss the Outlook for the Sector

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 5, 2011) -

For News Week of September 6, 2011

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Some of the most prominent CEOs and other influential figures in the aerospace and defense industry will visit the Reuters bureau in Washington, D.C. to discuss the outlook for aerospace and defense in a series of exclusives interviews. The stories and videos from the closed on-the-record sessions at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit will be posted online at

Possible deep cuts in the Pentagon's $530 billion-plus core budget -- and their impact on industry -- will be a key focus of the annual Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit. The summit is also expected to make news on cyber security; big-ticket arms programs such as the $382 billion-plus F-35 fighter aircraft, the Pentagon's costliest purchase; and supply-chain issues with impact on the U.S. economy writ large.

The session comes as the Defense Department and other U.S. agencies tighten their belts to meet strict spending guidelines put in place by a debt-ceiling agreement signed into law Aug. 2. As part of that deal, $350 billion is to be pared from the national defense budget over the next 10 years, likely dooming unspecified arms programs.

Also hanging over the industry: up to $600 billion in additional, across-the-board security-related cuts if U.S. lawmakers fail to agree on at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by the end of this year.

These topics and more will be discussed at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit, where speakers will include top executives from leading Pentagon suppliers, some top lawmakers with defense oversight responsibilities and other experts in the sector. The Summit will generate exclusive interviews and articles from our reporters, as well as regular blog postings, online videos and analysis, which can be seen at:

Some live recordings of this Summit will be available exclusively through Reuters Insider -

Guests speaking at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit will include:

* Lockheed Martin CEO Robert Stevens;
* Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency Deputy Director Richard Genaille;
* Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy Brett Lambert;
* United Technologies Corporation's Pratt & Whitney unit CEO David Hess;
* Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush;
* Boeing Space Security Defense CEO Dennis Muilenburg;
* EADS North America CEO Sean O'Keefe;
* Aerospace Industries Association President Marion Blakey;
* Iridium Communications CEO Matthew Desch;
* GE Aviation Executive for Advanced Engine Systems Dale Carlson;
* McAleese & Associates Principal Jim McAleese;
* Carlyle Managing Director and Head of the Global Aerospace, Defense and Services Group Adam Palmer;
* Bain Managing Director Steve Zide;
* BAE Systems Inc CEO Linda Hudson;
* Teal Group Vice President of Analysis Richard Aboulafia; and
* Lexington Institute Chief Operating Officer Loren Tompson.

Reuters Summits are a direct link to on-the-record news and views from top CEOs, central bank heads, presidents, government leaders, regulators and investors in a given industry, country or region. Reuters Summits bring together top executives from key industries in exclusive sessions with Reuters News global teams of specialist journalists. During the course of Reuters Summits, exclusive news stories and video interviews are posted on, providing valuable insight into specific companies, business sectors, and economies.


Reuters Summits are roundtable interviews, not conferences, and are closed to other media attending. Media wishing to use interview text, video and audio can use Reuters News material with proper attribution and link to the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit, with 'told Reuters' in second references.

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    Nina Andrikian
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