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AIA, Major International Aviation Organizations Launch New Joint Report on Aviation’s Economic Benefits

The Aerospace Industries Association is joining international aviation’s most prominent organizations to highlight a special new report just released by the International Civil Aviation Organization on Aviation Benefits. The report provides invaluable data and perspectives on the unique ways in which aviation fosters enhanced and sustainable prosperity, as well as critical steps governments can take […]

AIA Supports Sen. Cotton’s Amendment to Eliminate Sequestration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2017 Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher calling for Congress to pass Senator Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act eliminating the sequestration process imposed under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association strongly supports, and urges Congress […]

The Effects of the Budget Control Act of 2011 on the Defense Industrial Base

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is undertaking a study of the effects of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) on mid- and lower-tier suppliers that support key U.S. defense capabilities. This study will attempt to move beyond widespread anecdotes about the damage done by ‘sequestration’ by depicting actual examples of lost suppliers, program delays and other turmoil […]

Measuring the Impact of Sequestration and the Defense Drawdown on the Industrial Base, 2011-2015

The United States has long recognized the importance of supporting and sustaining an advanced defense industrial base to maintain global technological superiority.1 Maintaining a technologically superior industrial base requires a wide vendor pool from which to produce products, conduct research and development, and provide services for the Department of Defense (DoD). However, since the implementation of the 2011 Budget Control Act’s (BCA) […]

House Defense Bills Marked Up

AIA’s principled and consistent advocacy for repeal or revision of the BCA caps and for robust, stable, and balanced defense funding received a major boost this week as the House Armed Services Committee and the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee held markups and revealed their recommendations for national security funding for FY 18.  During the first half […]

AIA Urges Congress to Rebuild Military Readiness

Last night’s congressional testimony from Secretary of Defense Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford lays out a clear requirement for higher defense spending. Arlington, Va. — Last night in a rare evening hearing, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) provided America’s two senior national security leaders with a prime-time platform from which […]

AIA sends letter to leadership of Budget Committees on BCA Caps

On May 11, 2017, AIA sent a letter signed by AIA Chairman and Chairman, President and CEO of the Boeing Company Dennis A. Muilenburg; AIA Vice Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company Thomas A. Kennedy; and AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher, urging Budget Committee Chairs and Ranking Members in the House […]

AIA Welcomes Full-Year FY17 Appropriation

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher on the FY17 Omnibus Budget Deal. Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes the announcement of the $1.165 trillion fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Budget Deal and urges both chambers of Congress to pass it this week. The Omnibus funds critical investments in national security, as […]

AIA Urges Congress to Pass Full Appropriation for Defense

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher on need for Congress to increase defense spending now and into the future. Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association urges Congress to increase defense spending substantially, now – by passing the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) Defense Appropriations bill and the President’s recent request for additional […]

Defense Related Associations Urge Passage of Full FY17 Defense Bill

Today, the Aerospace Industries Association joined with other associations representing the defense sector and its personnel in calling on congressional leaders to complete full defense appropriation bill.  In a letter signed by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher, leaders of the Defense Related Associations stated “We urge immediate passage of FY 17 defense funding, […]

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