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AIA Supports DOD’s Innovation Partnership With Industry

America’s potential adversaries are developing significant military capabilities and doing so faster than ever. To stay ahead, DOD must revamp the stilted defense acquisition system that AIA member companies are required to navigate; it also must draw from the full range of American technology and expertise from all sectors of the marketplace to effectively drive […]

AIA Welcomes Senate Introduction of the Regulatory Accountability Act

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher on introduction of S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act in the Senate. Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes Senate introduction of the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) on Wednesday and urges the Senate to move quickly to pass it. Earlier this year, AIA was a […]

Trump Budget: New Priorities, New Opportunities

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher on the preliminary budget submitted to Congress by President Trump. Arlington, Va. — President Trump’s preliminary budget submission reflects a substantial re-ordering of priorities. The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes the President’s proposal as the vital first step in determining national priorities for the coming years and […]

AIA Continues Campaign Outreach Effort

AIA’s outreach efforts to the U. S. political campaigns will continue straight up to voting day. Every major election is important to our industry, and this one is no different. In August, an industry team briefed informal national security policy advisors to the Clinton presidential campaign at AIA’s Washington, DC office. In June, the same […]

Modernizing America’s Security Cooperation Workforce

By AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher For more than 80 years, the United States used security cooperation to bring peace and stability to the world. Beginning with President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Arsenal of Democracy,” followed by major initiatives such as coalition building leading up to the first Gulf War in 1991 and defense reform […]

AIA: Consolidation is Market-Driven and Enhances Efficiency

Statement by AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher on recent DOD comments regarding mergers and consolidation

Arlington, Va. — Consolidation is market-driven and enhances the efficiency with which we deliver the world’s best equipment to the American warfighter. To encourage competition and a healthy and strong industrial base, we need stable, predictable and sufficient budgets to support our national security strategies. We urge Congress to overturn the Budget Control Act caps, enact a budget deal that supports investment in American capability and return to a budgeting process that promotes stability and predictability in contract awards.

CODSIA urges DARC to withdraw commercial items rule

The Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations (CODSIA), consisting of the Aerospace Industries Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, the Information Technology Alliance for the Public Sector, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Professional Services Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, filed comments in response to DFARS Case 2013-D034, “Evaluating Price Reasonableness for Commercial Items” on September 24.

National Aerospace Week highlights – Melcher Speaks at the AFA Air and Space Conference

During the kickoff event of National Air and Space Week, the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference, AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher used his participation on a panel about the state of the aerospace sector to emphasize the need for Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank and for the government to adopt a national aerospace and defense export strategy. Melcher also highlighted recent innovation in the industrial base and lauded the Department of Defense’s new policy on independent research and development.

AIA as Aggregator

One key role AIA plays is as an aggregator — bringing together stakeholders to discuss topics of importance to the aerospace and defense industry. Last week was a busy one for AIA in that role — we hosted meetings and participated on a panel that demonstrated AIA’s value contributing to policy debates on the major issues of the day.

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