Spring SMC Meeting – Hosted by L-3 Communications


You cannot afford to miss the aerospace and defense supply chain event of the year.

The Aerospace Industries Association is offering a one-time, limited opportunity for non-members to attend its Spring Supplier Management Council Meeting, hosted by L-3 Communications, March 25-27, 2014 in DFW Airport, Texas.

Take advantage of this special opportunity to see the benefits of membership in AIA, meet with L-3 buyers, and engage with senior aerospace and defense leaders and decision makers. A business-to-business meeting with L-3 is guaranteed - - but only for a limited number of non-members. In addition, if you attend the meeting as a non-member, we will credit your registration fee towards membership in AIA.

If you are not a member of AIA and are interested in attending the meeting, please contact David Mandell, Vice President, Membership & Business Development at david.mandell@aia-aerospace.org to see if you qualify.


We're expecting an excellent program, which will feature:

  • Business-to-Business Meetings with key division representatives from L-3 Communications on Tuesday, March 25th.
  • Star-studded dinner, hosted by L-3 on Wednesday, March 26th.
  • Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis, Teal Group (confirmed)
  • Lorraine M. Martin, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the F-35 Lightning II Program, Aeronautics, Lockheed Martin (invited)
  • Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, U.S. Army (invited)
  • Heidi Wood, Former Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Research, and Currently, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Investor Relations, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. 
  • Panel Discussion:  Federal Budget
      o Richard Aboulafia,Vice President of Analysis, Teal Group (confirmed)
      o Kevin Brancato, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government (confirmed)
      o Lt. Gen. Emerson Gardner, USMC (Ret.) (invited)
      o Dan Elwell, Senior Vice President, Safety, Security and Operations, Airlines for America (invited)
  • Panel Discussion:  An impending disaster? Will the aerospace and defense industry be able to maintain a future workforce?
      o Panelists TBD
  • Interactive Workshop:  A New Look at Negotiation – Creative Conditional Trading
      o Vicky Lenz and Chris Banning, The Gap Partnership
  • Interactive Workshop:  What Your Company Needs to Know in Cyber Security Regulations
      o Saundra Throneberry, DIB Integration Lead, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and AIA’s Co-Chair, Cyber Security Working Group (invited)

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS MEETINGS WITH L-3 COMMUNICATIONS (Limited to one meeting per company and two company representatives per meeting)

L-3 Communications will be scheduling one-on-one business meetings with AIA members and their Supplier Management Leaders across selected elements of their Electronic Systems and Aircraft Modernization Groups.  L-3 representatives will include individuals from the company's Socio-Economic Business offices and Supply Chain Management professionals with expertise in the following areas:

  • Aircraft Simulation and visual systems
  • Training
  • Computing systems
  • Machined parts
  • Contractor Logistics Support
  • MRO Products and Services
  • Hi-tech capabilities specifically with Small Disadvantaged Business concerns, Women Owned companies, HUBZone companies and Service Disabled Veteran owned companies

To schedule a one-to-one business discussion with an L-3 representative on Tuesday, March 25th, please complete the information requested in the online registration and be sure to include the type of product line for your company.  An L-3 representative will send you an email with the time of your meeting.

About AIA

Chaired by Michael Strianese, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, L-3 Communications Corporation, AIA is the most authoritative and influential association representing the aerospace and defense industry. Our membership consists of more than 350 of the leading aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers.

Unlike many other associations, CEOs of our member companies and their senior managers define and drive our agenda. We offer opportunities to get closer to your customers, potential customers, and competitors. There is a reason membership in AIA has grown more than 60% in the last two years. We encourage you to experience the benefits.


If you are not a member of AIA and are interested in attending the meeting, please contact David Mandell, Vice President, Membership & Business Development at david.mandell@aia-aerospace.org.