Industry Intelligence Reports: Aerospace & Defense
For an excellent overview of the aerospace and defense industries, try Defense-aerospace (//www.defense-aerospace.com). This Web site has in-depth topical news articles, archived back to 1998, breaking news articles, official reports, such as national defense budgets and official studies, and press releases from companies involved in these industries.
For a more detailed view of the aerospace industry, take a look at Aeroworldnet (//www.aeroworldnet.com), which contains daily news stories, industry job opportunities, information about new aerospace products and services, a discussion board, and directories of aerospace suppliers and associations. An equally comprehensive breakdown may be found at eyeforaerospace (//www.eyeforaerospace.com). This site provides up-to-the-minute news, editorials, a directory of suppliers, information about forthcoming events, and interviews with key people in the aerospace industry.
Global-defence (//www.global-defence.com) provides news stories for the defense industry, broken down by categories such as air, land, sea, and weapon systems, communications, regional and international security, and surveillance. Other services which offer more in-depth industry news and information, for fee-paying subscribers only, include Defense-i (//www.defense-i.com), DefenseNews (//www.defensenews.com), and Jane's (//www.janes.com).
Regional facts and figures can be found at the Web sites for national departments of defense. The following contain news and information about these countries' defense policies and current involvement in conflicts around the world: the Australian Department of Defence (//www.defence.gov.au); the Canadian Department of National Defence (//www.dnd.ca); the French Ministry of Defence (//www.defense.gouv.fr); the German Federal Ministry of Defence (//www.bundeswehr.de); the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (//www.mfa.gov.il); and the Japan Defence Agency (//www.jda.go.jp). The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) (//www.mod.uk) provides information about all aspects of defense in the UK, including budgets and expenditure, career information, and public reports issued by the MOD. DefenseLINK (//www.defenselink.mil) has up-to-the-minute US military news stories and official statements, responses, and declarations, as well as links to the many different departments within the US Department of Defense. The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) (//www.dcaa.mil) is responsible for performing all contract audits for the department.
The Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) (//www.aidn.org.au) aims to provide the point of contact between the Australian Department of Defence and the companies which support the defence industry within Australia. The Web site includes a directory of, and profiles for, Australian defence companies. The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) (//www.aiac.ca) is the national trade organisation of Canada's aerospace manufacturing and service sector, representing the interests of over 400 Canadian enterprises.
The Web site includes data about the aerospace industry in Canada, a calendar of events, and career information. The Web site for the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) (//www.sbac.co.uk), the UK's national aerospace trade association, provides news, events, industry issues, publications, and industry statistics. The European Association of Aerospace Industries (AECMA) (//www.aecma.org) fulfils a similar function for the aerospace industry in Europe as a whole. The site contains facts and figures for the industry, as well as links to member directories for national aerospace associations across Europe.
The US equivalent is the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA)(//www.aia-aerospace.org). There are many companies around the world involved in aerospace and defense. Some of the largest include: Boeing (//www.boeing.com); European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) (//www.eads.net); General Electric (GE) (//www.ge.com); Intelsat (//www.intelsat.com/index_flash.aspx); Lockheed Martin (//www.lockheedmartin.com); Volvo Aero (//www.volvo.com/volvoaero/global/en-gb); Rolls-Royce (//www.rolls-royce.com); and BAE Systems (//www.baesystems.com). For a more comprehensive list of companies, try Aerospace Technology (//www.aerospace-technology.com), which also has international coverage of aerospace technology projects in production and under development.
Information about the US space program may be found at the Web site for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) (//www.nasa.gov). The site contains all kinds of details about NASA, from news regarding forthcoming spaceflights, to the environmental impact of the aerospace industry, to budget and funding information, to the application of NASA technology to real-life problems. Further information on the US space programme is available on the Web site for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (//www.kennedyspacecenter.com). The European Space Agency (ESA) (//www.esrin.esa.it) has information about current and imminent ESA missions. Similar information for the respective agencies may be seen at the Web sites for the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (RKA) (//www.rosaviakosmos.ru/english/eindex.htm), the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) (//www.nasda.go.jp/index_e.html), and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) (//www.isro.org).
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (//www.iiss.org) provides information on strategic issues for politicians, international business, the military, defense commentators, journalists, and the public. Other international organisations concerned with aerospace and defense, among other things, include the United Nations (UN) (//www.un.org) and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)