On Monday, November 14, AIA members had the opportunity to attend a lunch with Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA). International markets are growing in importance to companies as the U.S. defense budget comes under pressure. A strong industry-SAF/IA relationship is critical to maintain productions lines and a strong industrial base. Ms. Grant remarked, "The relationship between U.S. government and industry is critical. A strong relationship allows the Air Force, with industry, to provide not just weapon systems, but aviation capability and capacity worldwide."
Ms. Grant’s outreach to industry is to be commended; in addition to meeting with countless AIA members during the show she also attended AIA’s International Council meeting two weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina. AIA would like to thank Lockheed Martin who graciously hosted the lunch with Ms. Grant at their chalet.