Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pratt & Whitney Stands Behind Cost Commitment on F135 Engine for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Pratt & Whitney ~ September 15, 2009,
EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine powering the F-35 Lightning II aircraft continues to realize production cost reduction benefits, and Pratt & Whitney has offered to provide the F-35 Joint Program Office with a firm fixed price proposal for the F135 engine if requested. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX - News) company. "The F135 program has reached a level of maturity where we've been able to work aggressively to reduce costs through more efficient manufacturing processes and improved supplier performance," said Warren Boley, vice president, Pratt & Whitney F135 programs. "Working closely with the Joint Program Office, we have made significant progress over the last several months in reducing costs. The company's F135 engine Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 4 contract proposal reflects confidence in the aggressive cost reductions actions underway by providing the Joint Program Office special protections against cost growth and incentives for significant cost reduction. In fact, Pratt & Whitney stands ready to offer a firm fixed price to the JPO at their request," Boley said.
Pratt & Whitney's LRIP 4 contract proposal covers production, sustainment, spare parts and engineering support for 37 F135 engines, consisting of 20 conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)/carrier variant (CV) and 17 short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) engines for F-35 aircraft.
The same methodology that Pratt & Whitney and the U.S. Government used to achieve a 30 percent cost reduction on the F119 engine is being employed on the F135 engine. This aggressive approach was successfully used in the early days of the F119 engine program and provides confidence that similar results can be achieved on the F135.
"We continue to work in close cooperation with the Joint Program Office to reach our cost goals. Our LRIP 4 offer demonstrates our confidence in our cost reduction plan," Boley said. "This will also give our customer confidence in our processes and progress in reducing the future unit recurring flyaway costs for the F135 engine."
Pratt & Whitney has designed, developed and tested the F135 to deliver the most advanced fifth generation fighter engine for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as eight international partner countries. The F135, which has logged 12,000 test hours, is derived from proven technology of the only operational fifth generation fighter engine, the Pratt & Whitney F119, which has more than 100,000 operational flight hours. It has been further enhanced with technologies developed in several Air Force and Navy technology programs.
The F135 is the only engine powering the F-35 Lightning II flight test program. The F135 propulsion system has proven it can meet diverse aircraft requirements, and the ground-and-flight-test experience demonstrates the maturity and the associated reliability of the F135 engine for armed forces around the world.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in funding related to the F-35 aircraft and F135 engines, changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corp.'s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Erin Dick
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines
Matthew Perra
Pratt & Whitney

Bombardier Celebrates Groundbreaking for New CSeries Aircraft Manufacturing Site

Source: Bombardier Aerospace ~ September 15, 2009,
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - 09/15/09) - Today marked a major achievement for the CSeries aircraft program as Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the groundbreaking of the first CSeries aircraft building in Quebec, Canada. Located at Mirabel, 45 minutes north of Montreal, the Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA) is a testing and systems-proving facility that will house a virtual CSeries test aircraft. The CIASTA will test aircraft systems for reliability and functionality one year before the first prototype aircraft flies. Attended by Bombardier's employees, suppliers, partners, customers and the media, the groundbreaking lays the path for the new aircraft's entry into service in 2013.
"It's a red-letter day for the program and an important day for Bombardier Aerospace," noted Guy Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace in his remarks to the assembled guests. "Today we begin work on the facilities that will be the site of the first CSeries test aircraft. Eventually we will erect a complex of buildings here that will total 860,000 square feet - that's the size of 15 football fields - to produce the CSeries family of aircraft."
The CIASTA will be constructed as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building, the first such building for Bombardier Aerospace in the world. LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The design and construction of the CIASTA is on track and is expected to be ready for test rig assembly next year. Wieland-Dafco Quebec Inc. and Ghafari Associates LLC have been contracted to construct the building.
As part of Bombardier's mandate to contribute to a more sustainable future for aviation, the company's priority is to design and manufacture the most fuel-efficient aircraft with the lowest gas and noise emissions in their category. The mandate also extends to Bombardier's manufacturing processes and facilities. Making effective use of existing resources where possible, the CIASTA will be reconstructed from an existing fuel-flow building.
"We seek consistency and uniformity when it comes to being greener whether it's our aircraft or the facilities in which they are tested and built," said Mr. Hachey.
The CIASTA will house, among other things, the CSeries aircraft Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISTCR) or Iron Bird as it is usually called. This will be the first complete test vehicle enabling earlier product maturity. Flight control systems, avionics, electrical and environmental controls will be tested one year ahead of the actual flight test program. Other test articles will include an Interiors Rig, a Systems Integration Test Stand (SITS), an Engineering Simulator (ESIM) and Flight Controls Integration Lab (FCIL).
Bombardier achieved another milestone for the CSeries aircraft program recently when the first test article - a fuselage test barrel - arrived ahead of schedule at its Saint-Laurent, Quebec site from China on August 19, 2009. The test barrel is now being prepared for fatigue testing including pressure cycle testing representative of the life of the aircraft. The test barrel will be used to demonstrate manufacturing and engineering structural concepts before the CSeries aircraft's final design phase begins in 2010.
Earlier this year, the CSeries aircraft program officially transitioned from the Joint Conceptual Definition Phase (JCDP) to the Joint Definition Phase (JDP). The latter phase will bring with it greater product definition and is expected to close with the preliminary design freeze.
Since launching the CSeries family of aircraft at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2008, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 50 CS100 and CS300 aircraft from Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Lease Corporation International Group. The CSeries aircraft which are optimized for the longer range, single-aisle 100- to 145-seat market will deliver the lowest operating costs in their class, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental scorecard.
About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at
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ISSA Recognized as Military Friendly School

International Sports Sciences Association ~ September 16, 2009,
CARPINTERIA, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) has been selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2010, placing them in the top 15% of all schools nationwide.
The only fitness organization to be listed as a Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Program by the Department of Defense for DANTES, the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) has been approved for Military Tuition Assistance. The U.S. Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% of the tuition expenses of its members.
ISSA has also been approved for the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Financial Assistance program, which provides up to $6,000 in financial assistance to the spouses of active duty and activated Guard and Reserve Service members worldwide.
Additionally, a service member eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is allowed to elect to receive MGIB benefits for all or a portion of the remaining expenses if a service department pays less than 100% of the tuition and expenses. The ISSA is also GI Bill approved by the Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Vocational Education (BPPVE) under contract with the Veteran's Administration. Active military, veterans, and eligible spouses and dependents can receive reimbursement from the Veteran's Administration for testing fees for any ISSA fitness certification courses.
"ISSA's nationally accredited programs provide active-duty members of the military, and their spouses, with the in-the-trenches, career-specific training they need to enter the fitness profession," says Dr. Sal Arria, CEO/Co-Founder of ISSA. "It is an honor to help our military members transition into one of the most rewarding professions today."
About ISSA
The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) has been the world leader in fitness education and certification since 1988, providing education and certification to over 130,000 people in 85 countries. ISSA is the first fitness organization in the U.S. to receive accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). /

HIGHLIGHTS-Russia's Medvedev on reform, economy, politics

MOSCOW, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made the following comments on Tuesday to academics and reporters from the Valdai discussion group.
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"Our ultimate goal is development, which requires the modernisation of the economy, political and social systems. We have a half Soviet system. We must change our pension system, our health system.
"A huge number of businessmen do nothing. Their businesses don't do anything other than sell raw materials. We need to change the business model, the business mentality. Of course it is easier to sell raw materials but it is a road to nowhere.
"We must work with everyone, calmly and consistently to push through reform. We cannot hide and run.
"Corrupt officials run Russia. They have the true power in Russia.
"Corruption has a systemic nature, deep historic roots. We should squeeze it out. The battle isn't easy but it has to be fought. I don't think we can achieve tangible results in one year or two. If I am a realist we could get good results in 15."
"Russia is a huge country. It is not homogeneous. There are specific problems in specific regions, for example unemployment and one-industry cities where there is one factory supporting up to 50,000 jobs. We need to avoid people being laid off and if production does stop we need urgently to create new jobs.
"There are lots of scenarios, including a second wave, and our duty is to think about that as well."
ON IRAN: "Not only do we and the U.S. have worries (about Iran's nuclear programme), so do countries in the Middle East.
"Sanctions are not very effective on the whole but sometimes it is necessary to embark on sanctions and that can be the right thing."
ON G20 AND G8:
"The G20 will remain as a forum for discussion of economic issues. We can't return to the old format."
"We need to move forward from general statements about the crisis to implementing specific actions. I think progress has slowed, for example on reforming the IMF. We proclaimed the idea of setting up a new financial architecture. Have we advanced? No we have not. I'm calling on the G20 to intensify its work."
"Recently we had the most detailed and extensive talks with President Obama. We spoke for 8 hours. It was a long discussion, we were ready to listen to each other. The communication was totally different to the previous administration. We used to speak for an hour and then we were running out of topics. President Obama talks himself, not his aides. It shows he is trying to be independent.
"We are ready to work with the United States as a partner."
"I am not making any predictions. Some time ago I didn't want to run for president but that was my fate. I don't make forcasts for myself."
ON VLADIMIR PUTIN: "Our view points are close. It is very easy to discuss things with him. That is why we became a good team. We speak the same language."
"We need a powerful effort to normalise economic life. In Ingushetia 45 percent of people are unemployed." (Reporting by Janet McBride, editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

BAE Systems' Common Missile Warning System Achieves One Million Combat Flight Hours

BAE Systems ~ September 15, 2009,
NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems’ Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) has achieved more than one million combat flight hours, providing U.S. Army aircraft with protection against infrared-guided missiles during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Army began fielding the system in June 2004 to meet an urgent mission need, and since that time BAE Systems has delivered 1,710 CMWS units.
“CMWS has provided our aviators and soldiers with the best technology available to save lives from infrared missile engagements,” said Jim Crouch, vice president and general manager of survivability and protection systems for BAE Systems. “In achieving a million combat flight hours, CMWS has more than proved its worth to the warfighter.”
CMWS integrates electronic warfare sensors to respond to and defeat infrared-guided missiles, helping to ensure mission success for aviators and crew members. The system has been credited with multiple saves from IR-guided missiles against Army aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The system is installed on a wide array of deployed Army aircraft, including multiple variants of the Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache helicopters, as well as fixed-wing aircraft.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defense, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Keeps Cool during Massive Los Angeles Station Fire with Everbridge

Science and Technology Facility Uses Emergency Notification System to Accomplish Safety and Awareness Mission throughout Blaze
Everbridge ~ September 15, 2009,
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - 09/15/09) - Everbridge, the world's recognized leader in incident notification systems, today announced that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) used the Everbridge Aware(TM) emergency notification system to maintain emergency communications with its 7,200 employees, contractors and affiliates during the destructive Station Fire that charred the Angeles National Forest.
From the onset of the fires through containment efforts, JPL leveraged the Everbridge emergency notification service to mobilize response groups; send critical information about the status of the Laboratory to personnel; coordinate situation updates and reports with executives; and activate voluntary urban search and rescue (USAR) teams.
"With a long culture of innovation, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's contributions to NASA, science and technology are too many to name," said Cinta Putra, Chief Executive Officer for Everbridge. "We are honored to have played a vital role in JPL's emergency communications during this tragic wildfire."
About Everbridge (formerly 3n Global)
Everbridge, the world's recognized leader in incident notification systems, merges technology with industry expertise to help millions of people communicate in a crisis, manage operational incidents and connect on a daily basis. The company's notification platform and incident lifecycle communications model makes communicating to many as simple and effective as communicating to one. Organizations in more than 100 countries -- including, AirTran Airways, the American Red Cross, and Virginia Tech -- rely on Everbridge for their emergency notification and day-to-day communication needs. For more information about Everbridge, visit

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Everbridge, Inc.

New Survey Says Workforce Woes to Continue for Aerospace and Defense Industry

Viable Solutions to Stem Losses Available, According to Hitachi Consulting
Hitachi Consulting Corporation ~ September 15, 2009,
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Expected increases in retirement eligibility rates of existing workers, and documented increases in voluntary attrition rates of younger workers, combined with weak demand for future contracts (work) has Aerospace and Defense companies facing the most challenging business environment in recent history, according to a new workforce survey by AVIATION WEEK and sponsored by Hitachi Consulting.
Not since the historical drop-off in defense spending after the Cold War has the industry experienced this kind of workforce uncertainty, according to AVIATION WEEK Business Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan, in an article detailing responses from A&D companies employing more than half a million employees – approximately 82 percent of the industry’s workforce. According to the 2009 Workforce Study, and data from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), findings suggest that “United States A&D companies had cut about 30,000 jobs as of June 1, or just 4.5 percent of the total workforce,” according to Unnikrishnan. “The layoffs will almost certainly continue into 2010, [but] total job losses during this downturn might be limited to 10 percent of the A&D workforce -- far below the 40 percent eliminated in 1990-96 as the end of the Cold War ... The industry is being much more strategic in reducing the workforce.”
The right strategies are needed at this time to smartly adjust the industry’s workforce for the future, according to Lee Palmer, Hitachi Consulting Aerospace and Defense Industry National Leader. “There isn’t much that can be done to keep an aging workforce on the job when it’s ready to move on to retirement, but there’s plenty that companies need to be doing to transition institutional knowledge to the up-and-coming generations, who by the way have got to believe the industry will provide opportunities for them, along with stability and an engaging work environment.”
Some of the industry’s workforce woes, such as a shortage of U.S.-born science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) college graduates, Palmer said, have been evolving over many years, and although efforts to bolster the ranks of students with these skills have been successful, more work is needed.
“We’ve seen amazing successes from STEM programs, but we need a larger commitment to math, engineering and science education, a commitment that includes more federal and state support of goals and standards to give schools and education systems something to work toward,” said Palmer, who has been involved in STEM education efforts in North Texas and nationally for more than 20 years.
Hitachi Consulting, the global business and IT consulting company of Hitachi Ltd., and AVIATION WEEK, produced the 2009 Workforce Study in conjunction with the Aerospace Industries Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). The survey provides a single source of reliable data that analyzes current A&D workforce issues, trends and opportunities, and has been a mainstay for A&D planning and trend analysis since 1997. Results appeared in the August 24-31 double issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology.
Click here to read a copy of the Workforce Survey Results.
About Hitachi Consulting Corporation
As Hitachi, Ltd.'s (NYSE: HIT - News) global consulting company, with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia, Hitachi Consulting is a recognized leader in delivering proven business and IT strategies and solutions to Global 2000 companies across many industries. With a balanced view of strategy, people, process and technology, we work with companies to understand their unique business needs, and to develop and implement practical business strategies and technology solutions. From business strategy development through application deployment, our consultants are committed to helping clients quickly realize measurable business value and achieve sustainable ROI.
Hitachi Consulting's client base includes 25 percent of the Global 100 as well as many leading mid-market companies. We offer a client-focused, collaborative approach and transfer knowledge throughout each engagement.
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Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2008 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at
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Managing Vice President, Marketing

Two Wales, U.K., Firms Secure U.S. Defense Contracts

Largest-ever trade mission from Wales to U.S. brings early successes
International Business Wales ~ September 15, 2009,
CARDIFF, Wales, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International Business Wales announced today that Wales, U.K., manufacturers have secured U.S. defense contracts on the heels of the country’s largest-ever international trade mission to America in June 2009.
Another trade mission is coming to the Association of the United States Army annual meeting in October in Washington, D.C., three companies that were on the June mission.
Contract announcements include:
Aircraft maintenance manufacturer CAVE Systems Logistic Containers has won an order for phase one of a contract with a potential value of $5 million. The initial $500,000 order from the Pennsylvania National Guard is for aircraft maintenance equipment required by troops in Iraq.
Teddington Engineered Solutions, based in Llanelli, Wales, has secured a contract worth over $800,000 from the U.S. Navy for bellows designed to allow rescued submariners to pass from a rescue vessel into a compression chamber on-board a ship – regardless of weather conditions.
Over 80 Welsh companies from the technology, aerospace, defense, life sciences, security and engineering industries visited the U.S. in June to foster international corporate partnerships and promote international trade.
“We’re thrilled that we’re already seeing excellent results from our trade mission this summer, and we expect the good news to continue, given the strong interest from the American companies and organizations we met,” said Geraint Jones, CEO, Americas for International Business Wales, the economic development and trade arm of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Cave Systems, Faun Municipal Vehicles Ltd., AB Connectors/TTElectronics, were all part of the June trade mission, and will attend the AUSA meeting. The other companies on the new mission will be Digital Surface Research, Dytecna Systems Engineering, Spectrum Technologies and Concrete Canvas.
About International Business Wales
International Business Wales is the economic development arm of the Welsh Assembly Government with the responsibility of helping international corporations locate operations in Wales, and with promoting international trade by Welsh businesses. IBW can assist businesses in finding suitable properties in Wales for their operations, help them in finding employees and in obtaining financial assistance from the Welsh government, when appropriate. For more information, visit
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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Receives $18.8 Million Order for its Proprietary Cargo Inspection Systems

Cargo X-ray Inspection Systems to Scan Vehicles and Trucks at Border Crossings for Explosive Threats and Contraband
American Science and Engineering, Inc. ~ September 15, 2009,
BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E®) (NASDAQ: ASEI - News), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today that it has received an $18.8 million order for cargo X-ray inspection systems from an unnamed government agency to screen cargo and vehicles for explosive threats and contraband at border crossings.
“We continue to gain worldwide recognition and increased demand for our differentiated and highly effective technologies,” said Anthony Fabiano, President and CEO. “Our cargo X-ray inspection systems provide unparalleled detection capabilities to enhance security measures at border crossings, ports, and high-risk facilities.”
Utilizing highly advanced inspection technologies, in combination or stand-alone, AS&E’s X-ray inspection systems can detect a range of threats and contraband, including drugs, plastic and metal weapons, plastic explosives, and stowaways. AS&E’s cargo inspection systems are available in a variety of configurations and can inspect cars, vans, and trucks, as well as palletized cargo, and air and sea cargo containers.
About AS&E®
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection systems. With over 50 years of experience in developing advanced X-ray security systems, the Company’s product line utilizes a combination of technologies, including patented Z Backscatter technology, Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD), high energy transmission and dual energy transmission X-ray. These technologies offer superior X-ray threat detection for plastic explosives, plastic weapons, liquid explosives, dirty bombs and nuclear devices. AS&E’s complete range of products include cargo inspection systems for port and border security, baggage screening systems for facility and aviation security, and personnel and passenger screening systems. AS&E systems protect high-threat facilities and help combat terrorism and trade fraud, drug smuggling, weapon smuggling, and illegal immigration and people smuggling. AS&E customers include leading government agencies, border authorities, military bases, airports and corporations worldwide, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), HM Revenue & Customs (U.K.), Hong Kong Customs, and Abu Dhabi Customs. For more information on AS&E products and technologies, please visit
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BreakingPoint Publishes Expanded Firewall Testing Methodology

New Version of Testing Methodology Provides Guidelines for Simulating Real-World Network Traffic to Help Validate the Performance and Resiliency of 10GigE Firewalls
BreakingPoint Systems ~ September 15, 2009,
AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - 09/15/09) - BreakingPoint today released a new version of its popular Firewall Test Methodology, documenting the necessary steps to simulate the realistic network traffic required to ensure a 10GigE firewall performs as expected. Since the debut of the original Firewall Test Methodology, BreakingPoint Elite has been used to
simulate global network conditions in testing hundreds of network security devices, including the much publicized testing of the Juniper SRX5800, the world's largest firewall. Using these real-world testing scenarios, BreakingPoint updated its Firewall Test Methodology to include dozens of additional testing tips and techniques. The BreakingPoint Firewall Test Methodology details how to test using realistic blended applications and live security strikes at full load and line-rate speed.
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The BreakingPoint Firewall Test Methodology is designed to evaluate firewalls and will identify the performance characteristics of these devices as they operate in a production environment. It is crucial to understand that vendor-supplied datasheet specifications often reflect "best case" scenarios that do not mirror real-world performance. Additionally, many testing tools do not use an up-to-date library of known vulnerabilities, leaving your Firewall defenseless to attack. The test methodology below will help you recognize how and what to test to ensure the performance and security of your firewall prior to deployment.
Firewall testing is traditionally done using RFC 3511, "Benchmarking Methodology for Firewall Performance", specifically Section 5.1, "IP Throughput of RFC 3511", which focuses on determining only the throughput and forwarding rate for unicast IP packets sent at a constant rate and packet size. While stateless UDP traffic performance is valuable in determining the raw packet forwarding performance of the engine, it is not applicable to real world deployments.
The BreakingPoint Firewall Test Methodology is designed to accurately emulate the production environment in which the firewall will be deployed. BreakingPoint testing tools use the most recent vulnerabilities, stateful application mixes, accurate load, a pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) and more to ensure your test is realistic, repeatable and deterministic. By fully understanding a firewall's true performance, a network manager can effectively decide which vendor or model to use in their network, the appropriate product placement and when it is necessary to upgrade existing equipment.
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Textron Prices Offering of $600 Million of Notes

Textron ~ September 15, 2009,
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT - News) today announced it has priced its public offering of notes in an aggregate principal amount of $600 million, comprised of $350 million of 6.20% notes due March 15, 2015 and $250 million of 7.25% notes due October 1, 2019. The closing of the offering is expected to occur on September 17, 2009, subject to customary closing conditions.
Textron plans to use the net proceeds from the issuance of the notes for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment or repurchase of certain debt, including the repurchase of outstanding debt securities issued by Textron and its wholly owned subsidiary, Textron Financial Corporation, in the separate cash debt tender offers previously announced by Textron.
BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital Inc., Citi, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.
The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from: Banc of America Securities LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 100 West 33rd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10001 (1-800-294-1322, e-mail address:; Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Integrated Distribution Services, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 (phone: 1-888-603-5847 and e-mail:; Citigroup Global Markets Inc., 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11220 (1-877-858-5407); Goldman, Sachs & Co., Attn: Prospectus Department, 85 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004, Telephone: 1-866-471-2526, Facsimile: 212-902-9316, or by emailing; and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., 270 Park Avenue, Floor 5, New York, NY 10017 (phone: 212-270-1477).
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Airline trade group forecasts deeper 2009 losses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) September 15, 2009, - The world's airlines are expected to post losses totaling $11 billion this year as weak passenger traffic and cargo demand pressure revenue, the International Air Transport Association said on Tuesday.
The association previously projected losses of $9 billion due to rising fuel prices and weak revenue.
The Geneva-based trade group forecast industrywide losses of $3.8 billion in 2010.
"The global economic storm may be abating, but airlines have not yet found safe harbor," IATA Director General and Chief Executive Giovanni Bisignani said in a statement.
IATA expects revenue to slump 15 percent in 2009, and Bisignani said the revenue projection was driving the trade group's lowered outlook. During a conference call, he said revenue would not return to 2008 levels until 2012 at the earliest.
"After every crisis, we never see yields return to the starting point," he said during the call.
Bisignani said smaller- and medium-sized carriers have not had the access to debt markets that their larger peers enjoy, putting them in a more fragile condition. In coming months, the airline industry could see other bankruptcies, he said.
IATA also revised its loss estimates for 2008 to $16.8 billion from $10.4 billion to reflect accounting changes and restatements.
"The bottom line of this crisis -- with combined 2008-9 losses at $27.8 billion -- is larger than the impact of 9/11," Bisignani said.
For 2009, IATA said it expects passenger traffic to fall 4 percent, compared with its June estimate of 8 percent. It sees cargo demand falling 14 percent.
The updated forecast assumes oil prices average $61 a barrel, up from $56 a barrel in the previous forecast.
Sentiment on airlines has improved recently as cost-cutting has helped soften the blow from weaker demand and some airlines have given signs that revenue trends may be poised to improve.
On Monday, Delta Air Lines Inc (NYSE:DAL - News), the world's largest carrier, boosted its operating margin forecast for the third quarter, citing lower expected fuel costs. It also said revenue per available seat mile would show a smaller decline in the third quarter than in the second quarter.
(Reporting by John Crawley; additional reporting by Karen Jacobs and Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by Maureen Bavdek and John Wallace)