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Statement by Marion C. Blakey
AIA President and Chief Executive Officer
Sally Ride was a true American hero who never stopped building on the legacy of being our nation’s first woman in space. We will remember her as a pathfinder, who through her entire life’s work inspired millions of young people – most especially young women to dream big and aim high.
In 1983 Ride performed flawlessly on her first space flight during the second mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger, in which she used the Shuttle’s robotic arm to demonstrate NASA’s ability to recover and repair a broken satellite. At age 32 her status as a national hero was secure, but she continued to take on new challenges and missions. She flew again on Challenger the following year, helping to deploy the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, and supporting her astronaut classmate Kathryn Sullivan become the first American woman to conduct a spacewalk. After her career as an astronaut ended, she led the development of the 1987 report to the NASA Administrator on “Leadership and America’s Future in Space,” which today still stands as a blueprint for what our space program can and should accomplish. She also served admirably on the two commissions that examined the tragic losses of the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia.
I had the honor of knowing Sally, and I was always impressed by her passionate commitment to motivate girls and young women to study science. I’m confident the organization she founded, Sally Ride Science, which has the mission of inspiring females to reach for the stars, will serve as a fitting memorial to her tremendous legacy.
Godspeed Sally Ride.
Sequestration is reverberating across America and its effects are reflected in the strength of the U.S. workforce: R&D investments wain, new innovations are being delayed, the U.S. economy's ability to support a highly competitive workforce is decaying. Save the #AmericanWorkforce, end sequestration.
AIA’s Executive Committee approved the following new Full Members. Congratulations and a very warm welcome on behalf of all of us here at the Aerospace Industries Association!
New Full Members:
FS Precision has been producing high-precision Titanium investment castings for over three decades. With our industry leading proprietary Titanium Aluminide casting processes and our Nadcap and AS9100 certifications, FS Precision is well-positioned to support the growth of the Aerospace industry.
Leidos is a science and technology solutions leader working to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in national security, health, and engineering. The company’s 23,000 employees support vital missions for our government and the commercial sector, develop innovative solutions to drive better outcomes, and defend our Nation’s digital and physical infrastructure from ‘new world’ threats. Leidos is headquartered in Reston, VA, and had approximately $6 billion in revenues for fiscal year 2013, on a pro forma basis, following the spin-off of the company’s technical, engineering and enterprise IT business on Sept. 27, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.Leidos.com.
Mayday Holdings and its subsidiaries Mayday Manufacturing and H-Tech Metal Finishing Company are headquartered in Denton Texas. Mayday Manufacturing has been providing close tolerance precision machined bushings and other components to the Aerospace industry for more than five decades and is the preferred supplier to hundreds of Aerospace companies around the world. Mayday is an AS 9001C approved supplier.
Washington, D.C. – A broad range of organizations representing the business community, education, healthcare, manufacturing and other areas of American life will join together on December 2 to discuss the consequences of sequestration budget cuts on America’s workforce. The groups will report on the effects that are being felt today and discuss how the future strength of the U.S. workforce will be diminished without a responsible solution to the nation’s fiscal challenges.
Hunter Rawlings, President, Association of American Universities (AAU)
Emily J. Holubowich, Co-Chair, NDD United and Executive Director, Coalition for Health Funding
Wes Bush, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and Chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation
Dorothy Coleman, Vice President, Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
Ian Steff, Vice President, Global Policy & Technology Partnerships, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
Leaders from academia, healthcare, business and manufacturing will discuss the need to preserve the strength of America’s workforce.
11:00 am Eastern Time
Monday, December 2, 2013
1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(Please use the 12th and H St. NW entrance)
Additional groups that will be in attendance and available for questions
- Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
- Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF)
- Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI)
- Texas Instruments
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Between the now lamented government shutdown and the potential sequestration cuts slated for January, we are avoiding serious discussion about meeting the future needs of our nation while still addressing our deficit and debt problems.
It isn’t for a lack of alarm bells. Ever since the 2011 Budget Control Act was passed, the aerospace and defense industry has warned of the long-term dangers of meat ax budget cuts. These cuts threaten to hollow our military force and delay modernization of our nation’s air traffic control system, important NASA space programs and the badly needed replacement for the polar-orbiting weather satellites. Sequestration is already slowing economic growth and doing significant damage to our aerospace and defense industrial base. Further cuts can only make the situation worse.
In our industry, large manufacturers count on small and mid-sized supply chain companies to help them produce state of the art military systems and equipment. For those suppliers, the next round of sequestration will be just the second blow to a critical sector of the economy already weakened by previous budget reductions and a failure to recognize the link between American military strategy and the capabilities required to execute it.
The Defense Department has well thought out plans for how it will defend the United States and our allies well into the 21st century. They include a long-term, strategic decision to “rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region” – an approach requiring the critical technological and industrial capabilities to project and sustain power across vast distances.
Clearly, this strategy must be matched by a long-term commitment to effectively manage the defense industrial base, broadly defined as the commercial firms that design, develop and produce the advanced weaponry and defensive systems on which America’s military relies.
A new report by the non-partisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says that unfortunately a long-range vision for the defense industrial base is still a secondary consideration among policymakers.
“What might a strategic approach to managing the U.S. defense industrial base look like?” asks the report.
Author Barry Watts has the answer: “First, the guiding principle should be determining what design and production capabilities to retain in the long term rather than focusing on what programs to pare down or eliminate in the short term.”
And yet the paring down continues. The Budget Control Act established two major cuts to projected defense spending from fiscal years 2012 to 2021. First, it directed an initial cut of $487 billion over ten years, starting in fiscal year 2012. On top of that, it established a trigger mechanism that now appears likely to reduce defense spending by more than $50 billion each year.
These twin reductions would result in cuts of almost $1 trillion over a ten-year period. Although we were assured by leaders of both parties that these cuts would never happen, they are now the law of the land.
It is difficult to imagine how any mission-critical programs would be spared, regardless of declared strategic priorities. Modernization cuts will likely consist of delayed funding of new weapons systems and equipment. Cancellation of existing programs will leave the U.S. military dangerously exposed in the future.
Critics are fond of complaining about the perceived high unit costs of our state-of-the art defense systems. But delaying these programs and reducing procurement rates will only drive up unit costs. Such a situation threatens to create a procurement death spiral, in which higher prices lead to even smaller buys, which lead to even higher unit costs.
Perhaps more importantly, slashing procurement threatens the industry’s ability to deliver vital capabilities in the future, when a crisis develops somewhere around the globe and the Defense Department comes knocking on our door.
By the time a global or regional threat requires the Pentagon to “buy back” its lost years of modernization, however, it may be too late. Instead, the nation must prepare for the next conflict by ensuring sustained technological superiority over our adversaries. We simply cannot maintain the world’s best military capability if we continue, each year, to cut every line item in the defense budget indiscriminately.
The American people are defended not only by what the military does today, but also by vigilance, a clear assessment of threats, and a strong, well equipped military that can respond rapidly to world crisis. These objectives can only be accomplished through the preservation of America’s defense industrial base. And the health of the base should be considered before the next indiscriminate budget cuts take hold.
AIA Applauds FAA Plan to Advance Domestic Uses of Beneficial Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Arlington, Va. – The Aerospace Industries Association today lauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement of the agency’s Roadmap for “Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System (NAS).” FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta addressed the roadmap—which outlines the concrete actions needed to enable UAS integration into the NAS—at a Civil UAS Forum Thursday hosted by AIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Marion C. Blakey.
“The American aerospace industry is eager to support the integration into our domestic airspace of UAS systems that will help save and improve lives in a variety of ways,” said Blakey. “We’re very pleased that through this roadmap and other actions, FAA is making significant progress toward meeting the congressional mandate of UAS domestic integration by 2015. This is a major step forward for realizing the full promise of aviation’s next great frontier.”
Huerta also discussed at the AIA-sponsored forum newly announced FAA actions to ensure that public privacy concerns are addressed in the management of six upcoming UAS test sites around the country, and to help the agency’s Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) address the remaining technical challenges of enabling UAS systems to work for the benefit of our society and economy.
“We are dedicated to working with stakeholders in this growing industry and with our government partners to safely integrate [UAS] into the world’s most complex airspace,” Huerta said. “While aviation is unquestionably an industry known for innovation, it is also an industry with a strong history of collaboration between government and industry. The United States is recognized as the ‘gold standard’ for aviation safety, efficiency and technology. And we need to keep it that way.”
AIA has been advocating for the beneficial civil uses of UAS Systems, with Blakey noting they have tremendous potential for applications such as firefighting, severe storm forecasting, search and rescue, precision agriculture, pipeline monitoring, wildlife conservation and eventually cargo delivery. Domestic UAS also have the potential to create thousands of jobs, as the FAA predicts 30,000 UAS will be operating in our domestic air space within the next 20 years.
“While much work remains before we reap the full promise of this technology, today’s announcement about FAA’s progress gives me, our industry, and the American public much reason for optimism,” said Blakey.
Washington, D.C. – FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta will be giving keynote remarks at an AIA-sponsored Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) forum, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11:00am. Administrator Huerta will be discussing the integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace system. Following will be a panel discussion and a Q&A with industry experts on challenges and opportunities with regard to implementation of integration. The briefing is open to the public.
FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta
Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO
Ali Bahrami, AIA Vice President of Civil Aviation
Jonathan D. Hart, Attorney, Dow Lohnes
Ted Wierzbanowski, Chairman F-38 UAS Committee, ASTM
Discussion of UAS integration into national airspace.
11:00am – 12:00pm Eastern Time
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
1001 16th St, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Please RSVP to: UAS_RSVP@aia-aerospace.org
AIA has partnered with IHS and CADENAS PARTsolutions to offer authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards (NAS), providing a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs. The NAS 3D CAD model library will be offered in an annual subscription format beginning in January 2014. Read the Press Release announcing the partnership here.
Key benefits include:
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In partnership with IHS and CADENAS PARTsolutions, innovative tool lets engineers quickly configure and download 3D CAD models of NAS- and NASM-fastener components
The Aerospace Industries Association today announced partnerships with IHS and CADENAS PARTsolutions to offer authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards (NAS), providing a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs.
“AIA has a long and proud history serving the needs of the aerospace and defense industry through our National Aerospace Standards program,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “The AIA NAS 3D catalog allows us to provide solutions that will help the industry design and manufacture products faster and at a lower cost. We are excited to work with IHS and CADENAS PARTsolutions, who are recognized leaders in their fields.”
AIA, the premier trade association representing the nation's major aerospace and defense manufacturers, manages the NAS, which include widely used mechanical parts standards. These standards define the geometry and materials for millions of unique parts suitable for high-performance aerospace applications. NAS are used extensively in the design of aircraft, spacecraft, watercraft, ground vehicles, machinery and electronics.
Beginning in January 2014, AIA and our partners will offer 3D models of these mechanical parts standards to simplify and accelerate the aerospace design process. Key benefits include:
• Reduced modeling and design cycle times;
• Improved engineering productivity;
• Elimination of duplicated effort and rework;
• Assurance of quality through the use of authorized CAD models;
• Increased consistency in parts used on projects; and
• Greater accuracy in bills of materials.
For more information on the National Aerospace Standards program, please visit our website at: http://www.aia-aerospace.org/standards/.
On September 26, AIA’s National Aerospace Standards Committee (NASC) elected Mr. Bill Horton from Bell Helicopter – Textron as committee chairman for 2013-2014. Mr. Horton has served as the Bell Helicopter voting representative on the NASC for the past 12 years, serving previously as NASC chairman in 2006.
Horton was an essential part of the NAS Modernization Project in which the committee revised and approved all of the active NASC standards over a five-year period. The NASC develops and maintains a large collection of industry standards for high-strength precision fasteners, electrical connectors, splices, terminators and many other types of hardware and components (NAS parts).
Bill Horton will be joined on the NASC steering committee by past Chair Michael Zehner from Spirit AeroSystems; Vice Chair Jim Barnett from Rolls-Royce; and Member-at-Large, Renatas Stanislovaitis from GE Aviation.
AIA Source: chris.carnahan[at]aia-aerospace.org
AIA’s recently-instated Workforce Policy Council, now under the leadership of its newly elected Chair, Gina Burns, brought together Council members and workforce experts on August 28 to develop new strategies on workforce policy-related issues.
Guest speaker Barry Watts, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments suggested a framework for analyzing and advocating on behalf of the defense industrial base and its associated workforce. Speaking on the results of a study commissioned by AIA, “Sustaining the Defense Industrial Base,” Watts noted that the U.S. government and DOD have never had a coherent, long-term strategy for managing the defense industrial base as a strategic asset. He argued that such a strategy should first decide what to keep for the long haul rather than beginning with what to reduce or cut due to funding pressures in the current budget cycle. Without the appropriate strategy, critical workforce capabilities will be lost and become very costly and difficult to recover. Watts proposed employing the concept of core competencies to determine which aspects of the industrial base are most vital to preserve. This topic sparked council members to discuss a prospective education campaign and the industry messages it would present.
Dr. John Fischer, Director of the Defense Laboratories Office at DOD, cautioned that the defense industry needs to avoid what happened to the pharmaceutical industry, stating that it “slashed R&D investment and paid no attention to core competencies. Now [the pharmaceutical] industry is a shell of its former self.” Fischer encouraged the industry to develop a program-by-program strategy for sustaining the industrial base and workforce; document near-, mid- and long-term impacts; develop the narrative and help everyone see and understand the big picture outcomes.
At the meeting, Gina Burns was elected the Council’s first chair. The vice chair position will be filled on October 25. Also on the agenda for the October meeting will be defining the Council’s top issues and priorities and developing an advocacy plan for 2014. Dr. Reginald Brothers, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, will be the guest speaker on the topic of current and long-term DOD workforce challenges and best strategies to meet them.
With the Council working hard on workforce-related policy, AIA’s Workforce Working Group’s primary focus is promoting and supporting STEM education. The Working Group is continuing its partnership with NDIA in co-sponsoring collaborative meetings for workforce communities across the country. The next meeting, the DC STEM Call-to-Action Forum, will be October 28-29 in Washington D.C. Featured speakers include: Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO, Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools; Jim Dinegar, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade; and Mike Hydeck, WUSA Channel 9 television's morning anchor and host of their "Cool Schools" segment. For a current agenda and to register for the event, please go to: http://www.ndia.org/meetings/471A/Pages/default.aspx
AIA Source: susan.lavrakas[at]aia-aerospace.org
In September, AIA’s President and CEO Marion C. Blakey moderated a panel featuring high-level aviation officials from the U.S. and China at the 2013 U.S.-China Aviation Symposium in Beijing. The symposium focused on efforts to improve the safety, efficiency and capacity of China’s civil air space.
The symposium was quite timely as between this year and 2016 China’s civil airspace is predicted to see an increase of 193 million passengers, accounting for almost one in four of the 831 million new air passengers world-wide by 2016. This significant increase in air traffic is a huge opportunity for the civil aviation industry, making China’s civil airspace a critical global concern. Blakey’s panel brought together key U.S. and Chinese officials including representatives from the U.S. – China Aviation Cooperation Program, the FAA, the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority, and U.S. civil aviation industry representatives. Topics of discussion included air traffic management (ATM) safety and procedures, airspace utilization and new ATM technologies.
As part of her trip, Blakey engaged in an extensive tour of AIA member company facilities. In Beijing, Blakey visited the maintenance, repair and overhaul facility of Gulfstream Beijing at the Capitol International Airport. The second leg of the China trip brought Blakey to Shanghai where she toured and gave a short presentation at the Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation, a key manufacturer of structural parts for
Boeing aircraft. In Shanghai she also visited GE’s China Technology Center, Honeywell’s Technology Experience Center and Boeing’s Shanghai Aviation Services facility.
China and its growing global civil aviation presence are of critical importance to AIA member companies. AIA continues to be a steadfast advocate of our companies’ global competitiveness and activities in the Chinese civil aviation market.
AIA Source: doug.farren[at]aia-aerospace.org
Earlier this month, NASA announced a momentous new “first” for space science and exploration: Voyager 1 had officially crossed the threshold into interstellar space. The NASA planetary science mission launched in 1977 was originally designed to only study Jupiter and Saturn for three years. Thirty-six years later, the spacecraft is still providing new science data as it moves out of the solar system.
Meanwhile, the NASA planetary division that built Voyager in the 1970s is crossing a void of its own – a deep budget reduction that could stifle its science missions for up to a decade. The juxtaposition of Voyager 1’s triumph with a likely bleak planetary science budget is impossible to ignore.
There is no doubt we are in an era of difficult fiscal circumstances that requires a hard look at our national priorities. But ceding investments in government science programs like the planetary program at NASA do far more harm than good over the long-term. The savings from cancelled programs have no appreciable effect on the federal budget, and the depressive effects on the space industrial base and scientific community risk a dark age in planetary exploration.
When Voyager 1 was under development, few could have imagined the incredible extended value the mission would provide the nation. Despite a crippling oil crisis and stagflation economy in the 1970s, the nation still made steady, forward-thinking investments in planetary science missions like Voyager.
The success of ongoing missions like Voyager and the Curiosity Mars rover should not mask the unreasonably barren budgets now facing the planetary science program. For example, recent discoveries on the past habitability of Mars by the Curiosity rover are products of prior investments made during other trying periods like the financial crisis of 2008.
As we face these imminent budgetary pressures, AIA urges policy makers to think about the long term benefits derived from investing in space science and exploration programs. Planetary science missions have been and continue to be highly-visible soft power successes – precisely the hallmark of a great nation. With appropriate funding for the planetary program at NASA, we can ensure history-making missions like Voyager remain a part of our national identity.
AIA Source: dan.hendrickson[at]aia-aerospace.org
The Obama Administration export control reform effort to transition less sensitive technology from the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to the more flexible Commerce Control List (CCL) continues with the shift of USML Category XI (Military Electronics). The Administration announced proposed changes to Category XI in a 2012 Federal Register Notice (FRN). But due to the complexity of the category, a second FRN was announced last July with further clarifications and updates. To support the reform effort, AIA submitted industry consensus comments to both the 2012 notice and the recent proposed changes.
Specifically, AIA took issue with the proposal that an item or system subject to Department of Defense funding would automatically be classified under USML control. This would mean that in order for a DOD-funded item to be correctly listed under the CCL, a DOD contractor would have to proactively seek the item out and correctly classify it.
Developmental items and systems are often supported and funded through various U.S. government agencies with both defense and civil objectives. AIA offered a number of examples of items and systems that have DOD funding but also have strong civil applications and suggested that contracting officers should proactively designate an item or system that should be USML control instead of the much broader CCL. AIA continues to advocate that foreign availability and the civil applications of a given technology should be taken into account when classifying an item or system as USML or CCL controlled.
AIA will continue to monitor and advocate for sensible export control reform as the Administration’s efforts continue. AIA’s full comments can be found HERE. Please contact Doug Farren, email@example.com, if you would like additional information.
AIA Source: doug.farren[at]aia-aerospace.org
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In support of its primary role as advocates for the Defense Industrial Base, AIA’s National Security and Acquisition Policy division is executing an aggressive fall campaign that coordinates multiple activities around the defense industrial base.
In September, two public events sponsored by AIA helped to raise the visibility of workforce issues and lay the foundation for the advocacy effort. One of the division’s core activities has been working with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) on its new study, "Sustaining the U.S. Industrial Base as a Strategic Asset." The report is an update on the current condition of the defense industrial base and the consequences of not actively supporting and sustaining it.
“The Defense Department has never had a coherent, long-term strategy for sustaining the defense industrial base's core competencies,” said Barry Watts, Senior Fellow at CSBA. “Absent a strategy that proceeds from deciding first what to keep rather than what to cut, the possibility is growing that a day will come when the country's industrial base will no longer possess all the critical design and manufacturing capabilities that the U.S. military needs.”
CSBA conducted a public rollout of the study September 18 on Capitol Hill. In addition to Watts, speakers at the event included Representatives Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Randy Forbes (R-Va.), and DOD Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, Elana Broitman. Twelve days later, AIA joined the Center for a New American Security in hosting a panel discussion moderated by former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy titled “Maintaining a Strong Defense-Industrial Workforce.” Panelists included Christine Fox, former Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation at DOD; Dave Herr, Executive Vice President at BAE Systems; and Major General Arnold Punaro, USMC (Ret.) of the Punaro Group. AIA will round out the fall season of events on November 7 with a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum concerning how DOD current acquisition policies negatively impact the industrial base’s health.
On the research front, the division has produced a series of white papers on the state of the defense budget, the need for immediate action to protect the industrial base, and the call for a rebalancing of the acquisition system to aid the health of the industrial base. The division is also supporting – both directly and indirectly – multiple engagement avenues with key stakeholders and the general public that promote and sustain our industry’s message. AIA’s Faces of the Industrial Base event held on September 25 in coordination with the Legislative Affairs division was the first in a series of planned Congressional events to highlight the concerns of small businesses in the industrial base. Additionally, the division is supporting the first annual National Defense Forum on November 16 hosted by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Greg Bloom, President of Seal Science, and a member of the Supplier Management Council, will be participating in a panel discussion on the defense industrial base.
AIA Source: christian.marrone[at]aia-aerospace.org
An unlikely group of advocates joined together on September 30 to communicate the need to continue funding for Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) modernization, and to report on the initiative’s successes to date in improving flight safety and efficiency, stimulating economic activity and reducing environmental emissions. Event speakers emphasized the threat sequestration budget cuts pose to NextGen implementation and discussed AIA’s newly released report, “NextGen: Proven Technology. Endangered Potential,” which details recent program successes and addresses obstacles standing in the way of additional NextGen progress.
Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO and former Administrator of the FAA, delivered the keynote speech, focusing on hurdles that must be overcome in order to keep NextGen implementation on track. “If we don’t keep moving forward on modernization with adequate funding for new technologies and capabilities, our nation’s air transportation system will be overcome by growing demand,” she commented in her opening remarks.
The event continued with Exelis’ Corporate Vice President Pamela Drew moderating a panel discussion with representatives from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Airlines for America (A4A), Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Alaska Airlines.
All of the speakers emphasized that just as a diverse set of groups came together to protect the future of our air transportation system, it is critical that all pieces of the NextGen system are implemented to ensure optimal operation. “NextGen is a whole package—a system of systems approach,” said Blakey. “Piecemeal technological add-ons will not lead to the dramatic safety and efficiency gains NextGen promises.”
In an effort to further support the NextGen community, AIA also participated in the NextGen Institute’s annual Washington, D.C. meeting on September 20, held during National Aerospace Week. Marion C. Blakey moderated a panel discussion about remaining challenges to full NextGen implementation that featured Pete Bunce, President and CEO of General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Dr. Gerald Dillingham, Director of Civil Aviation at the General Accountability Office; Gene Hayman, Vice President of Space & Aviation at L-3 STRATIS; Dr. Karlin Toner, Director, Joint Planning and Development Office and Senior Staff Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation for NextGen.
Other speakers at the event included Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari, FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta, House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), House Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Alaska Lt. Governor and Chairman of the Aerospace States Association Mead Treadwell, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. (Speaker names are linked to their remarks as prepared for the event. Deputy Secretary Porcari’s have not been made public)
To access AIA’s new report “NextGen: Proven Technology. Endangered Potential,” and other AIA white papers, please visit: www.aia-aerospace.org/economics/reports_white_papers/
AIA Source: ashley.gudzak[at]aia-aerospace.org
[Representatives from AIA member companies marched to the Hill on September 25 at the Faces of the Industrial Base Event]
On Wednesday, September 25, AIA arranged for the leaders of small- and medium-sized supply chain companies to meet with the staffs of congressional leaders. Representatives of Sequa/Chromalloy, Ferco Group, Tactair, Natel, Air Industries Inc., Harry Krantz, and BRS Aerospace—the “Faces of the Industrial Base”— carried a unique and unified message to Capitol Hill. They reiterated many of AIA’s Second to None campaign message points about the negative impacts of the budget uncertainty and sequestration, but from a small business/supply chain perspective. In addition, they highlighted the need for a strong industrial base.
The company leaders met with professional staff in the offices of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They were able to share not only a small business message, but also the important role they play in supporting U.S. national security interests.
[AIA member representatives and AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey with U.S. Secretary of the Navy Raymond Mabus (center) at the AIA & Senate Aerospace Caucus Reception.]
In addition to these Capitol Hill meetings, the member representatives set up display booth at the AIA & Senate Aerospace Caucus Reception, which was attended by Senators Murray, Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and the event’s keynote speaker, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
AIA Source: dan.stohr[at]aia-aerospace.org
[Wes Bush – AFA 2013]
In an impassioned National Aerospace Week keynote address to the Air Force Association’s annual conference and trade show, Wes Bush, Chairman of AIA and Chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation, stressed the significance of the Air Force-industry partnership as having “kept our nation free, our economy vibrant and our way of life intact and validated.” Bush also gave a strong plea for continued robust national investment in technological innovation and the people who make innovation possible.
Pointing to new geo-strategic and economic realities “that have compounded to place unprecedented demands on our venerable partnership,” Bush said innovations related to “global reach, strategic defense…and the ability to understand in detail all that is happening around the globe,” must be developed.
Bush emphasized that the common denominator behind innovative solutions in our industry is “people – well educated, committed to our customers’ mission, superbly equipped with all the technologies and laboratory tools needed by the scientist and engineer; and meticulously trained in their areas of expertise, and in the value of free inquiry and expansive thinking.” Yet, he added, there are causes for concern, including the pace of technological development in other countries, the decline in investment on defense research and development, the aging of the U.S. aerospace and defense workforce and the inability of our domestic STEM education pipeline to keep up with the demand for technical workers. On a more positive note, Bush said, “I believe that the technological challenges our industry and the Air Force collaborate on are simply more interesting, more important and more exciting than anything a new STEM professional might get to do anywhere else. It represents one heck of a selling point as we try to recruit the talent we need. This is the place to come to work on the most amazing things.”
As much as aerospace and defense work can be exciting, Bush warned that with declining research and development budgets, government may have a “very dangerous risk aversion” to projects that push technology. He said young engineers “need to know that our collective enterprise – the Air Force and your industry partners – is the place for true research, unlimited development, and pioneering innovation that inevitably requires some risk. But it also requires R&D budgets.”
Bush concluded his remarks by noting the following: “Like the nation it serves, the partnership between the Air Force and industry is not ideologically-focused. It’s not even technologically-focused. Our partnership is people-focused because it is people that drive the outcome. The quality, talent and character of the people we retain to find solutions to the collective challenges we undertake, are the heart and soul of that partnership. That goes as much for those who make their contributions in blue jeans and business suits as it does for those in Air Force blue, camouflage fatigues or tactical flight suits.”
Bush’s remarks occurred at the beginning of National Aerospace Week (September 16-21). Former AIA Chairman, President and CEO of Pratt and Whitney David Hess, also spoke during National Aerospace Week at the Aero Club Luncheon on the topic of advances in propulsion technology that are driving aviation’s future.
Other National Aerospace Week events highlighted in the eUpdate include the “Faces of the Industrial Base” meetings that supply chain company leaders conducted with congressional offices and the U.S. Senate Aerospace Caucus reception (see below) and the NextGen Institute’s annual meeting (see Top News).
For a complete listing of National Aerospace Week events, please visit www.nationalaerospaceweek.org
AIA Source: ed.goldstein[at]aia-aerospace.org
The 16-day government shutdown and debt ceiling default deadline are now behind us. To our very real detriment, however, this episode in brinksmanship has delayed work on important national security, aviation certification and space programs. It also caused undue harm to aerospace and defense companies that were often asked to perform essential work for the government without immediate reimbursement. For our small to mid-sized supply chain companies, this was a particular burden, as it was hard to keep employees on the payroll when contracts were not being paid.
Looking forward, round two of sequestration is still looming, just around the corner in January.
AIA has been very vocal in urging Congress and President Obama to work together on a long-term solution to our debt and deficit issues that doesn’t require us to sacrifice the very investment and innovation that will spur economic growth and advance important national programs. Just this week we sent a letter to the newly appointed congressional budget conferees urging an end to sequestration. The letter states: “Until we end sequestration, our ability to maintain and expand small businesses – which serve as the main generator of jobs – will continue to erode. Even more important, we negatively impact the one thing that makes it all possible – our national security.” I’m glad to say this letter is being hand delivered to the Hill by some of the CEOs of our supply chain companies. We are also setting up meetings between our CEOs and key members of Congress to stress the urgency of developing a solution to sequestration before Fiscal Year 2014 cuts kick in.
In our effort to emphasize the ongoing damage of sequestration to our national security and long-term U.S. economic prospects, we’ve had productive meetings with senior officials at the Department of Defense and the White House. Our views – both from AIA and from committed member company CEOs – have been featured in hundreds of news articles. Our message is out there. Unfortunately, Congress and President Obama can’t find much agreement on a reasonable solution to our fiscal problems– which is why we must continue our work to convince our elected leaders that the minimal impact sequestration has on the deficit is not worth the damage it is inflicting on our country.
AIA will continue the fight against this destructive policy and our strategic political drift, but we can use all the help we can get. It’s crucial that as many people in our industry as possible reach out to their elected officials. Nothing moves the needle in Washington like a groundswell of engaged citizens back home. We need you to write letters to your representatives and senators – you can use the letter we’ve posted on secondtonone.org. We need managers and employees of our companies to pick up the phone and call their district offices. We need representatives from the aerospace and defense industry to use their constitutional right to march into their congressman’s office and be heard on the issue that’s most important to our country and our industry.
We need your help – please contact your elected representatives and ask them to work together to do away with sequestration and deal responsibly with our debt and deficit problems.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the passing of Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young (R-Fla.)
Today we mourn the loss of Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, a true servant of his Florida constituents and the American people.
First elected to Congress in 1970, Young was the senior Republican member of House of Representatives, serving nearly 43 years. Working with eight different Presidents, Young was a tireless advocate on behalf of our military and the industries and people that support our men and women in uniform, whether on active duty, in the reserves or retired.
His perseverance and dedication to the armed services – in which he served for more than a decade – is a shining example to all Americans. Our condolences are with his family; he will be sorely missed.
AIA’s focus on the need to end sequestration, further invest in the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System (NextGen) and highlight civilian uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) framed this year’s National Aerospace Week. To help increase public engagement around and during National Aerospace Week, AIA hosted a public, interactive social media contest called the Aerospace Knowledge Quiz. Hundreds of individuals participated in the contest which tested their knowledge of aerospace and defense industry achievements.
Steven Shur, the 21 year-old contest winner, is a senior studying engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute. Upon learning of his victory, he told AIA that, “The [Aerospace Knowledge Quiz] got me interested in further researching the aerospace industry’s rich history and got me more interested in defense and space programs.”
[photos courtesy of Steven Shur]
“I have been applying to a lot of defense and aerospace companies,” Shur told AIA when asked about where he wants to work after graduation. His top choice would be an aerospace company that develops and manufactures satellite and space propulsion systems. “I have been looking at NASA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing [as potential employers]… to hopefully work on a big satellite project and see it lifted into space,” he said.
Shur, who is pursuing a minor in aerospace engineering, first became interested in STEM education at an early age. “Growing up I was always interested in science and astronomy because of my father who currently works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center,” he said. “Coupled with a natural interest in math and science I’ve always wanted to know how things work.”
Indeed, nearly three-quarters of students in STEM report that their parents had an influence on their study choices. Unfortunately, recent government shutdowns caused by an unnecessary gap in federal funding impacted thousands of federal employees, many of whom are STEM career role models including Shur’s father. When strong candidates like Shur see their STEM role models being impacted by budget crises, the shutdown and long-term budget cuts from sequestration these circumstances have negative impacts on job seeker confidence which may reduce an individual's desire to pursue a career in aerospace and defense.
New job seekers want stable careers. With programs and facilities going unfunded or underfunded potential aerospace and defense employees may turn to other disciplines that also recruit highly skilled candidates with STEM backgrounds. To continue to cultivate talent in our industry’s workforce, it is important to not only maintain the interests of today’s young people in the jobs our industry has to offer but also attract more females and underrepresented minority youth into STEM fields.
To help develop a stronger workforce AIA member companies collectively invest hundreds of millions of dollars annually in STEM education. These programs help students cultivate the skills necessary to ensure the aerospace and defense industry’s future workforce retains candidates with highly sought after STEM skills our members require. AIA also works hard to nurture students interested in STEM education through the Team America Rocketry Challenge and with partnerships like the Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition.
Offering prospective STEM students a piece of advice, Shur said, “take as many math and science courses as you can.”
As for Shur’s immediate future, he has been offered an internship at AIA upon graduation. AIA’s annual internship program provides undergraduate and graduate students interested in aerospace and defense policy an opportunity to learn about the many issues all of our divisions work on a daily basis. If you know of students interested in such an internship, please have them contact Brian Crowley, AIA’s Director of HR and Administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AIA source: adam.kostecki[at]aia-aerospace.org
Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey calls on Congress and the administration to end the shutdown and allow exporters to take advantage of export control reforms in support of U.S. national security and economic prosperity as soon as possible.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) welcomes today’s enactment of the first set of revisions to the U.S. Munitions List (USML) that are removing onerous controls on exports of essentially commercial technology used in military aircraft (Category VIII) and military aircraft engines (Category XIX). Subjecting these technologies to the export control requirements of the Commerce Control List (CCL) will allow for more appropriate reviews and restrictions while making trade with America’s closest military allies and partners more predictable, efficient and transparent.
Completing the revisions to the USML and moving forward with further licensing caseload management reforms are critical to sustain and grow the global competitiveness of the U.S. defense industrial base. Licensed exports of these two USML categories currently amount to $21 billion a year, a number that will likely increase as 75 percent of these licenses are for exports of parts and components that may transition to the CCL.
Regrettably, the ongoing government shutdown affects the issuance of Commerce Department dual-use export licenses. Until the government shutdown ends and Congress and the administration achieve a long-term solution to the debt and deficit issues, small and medium sized companies manufacturing parts and components that are on the CCL are facing threats to their foreign sales on top of the damage already being done by sequestration. AIA and its members therefore urge our elected officials to act to allow our companies to take advantage of these export control reforms in support of U.S. national security and economic prosperity as soon as possible.
Statement by Marion C. Blakey
President and CEO Aerospace Industries Association
Scott Carpenter, America’s first astronaut-aquanaut, now belongs to the ages. We will remember him and his fellow “Mercury 7” astronauts as true trailblazers of exploration, who inspired many of us in our youth, and whose example continues to inspire those working to extend our exploration horizons today.
In the spirit of his famous pre-launch tribute to John Glenn, our entire community wishes “Godspeed, Scott Carpenter.”
The composition of the aerospace and defense industry's workforce is as diverse as it is large. With over one million workers employed in the aerospace and defense industry, it is important that we retain and support the skills needed to grow our industry. This infographic shows what the most sought after skills are for our industry, what the general demographics of our industry are and who we hire.
Growing concerns of industrial security for the protection of trade secrets, big data, system security, innovative manufacturing processes and patents from cyber breaches or internet piracy and spying continue to increase from nameless threats abroad. As such threats continue to increase it is paramount that the aerospace and defense industry be prepared to combat those threats. As such AIA has a renewed focus on ensuring industrial security through seeking safeguards to protect our members by pushing for increased cyber and information security.
Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey calls on Congress and President Obama to pass a bipartisan solution that reopens the government as soon as possible.
The Aerospace Industries Association calls on Congress and President Obama to work together to pass a bipartisan solution that reopens the government as soon as possible. The negative impacts of the shutdown range from industry worker furloughs on programs that support the warfighter to delays in new aircraft certification and space systems launches.
A number of our member companies have notified us that if this shutdown continues – which is affecting all of the Defense Department’s functions involved in contracting – they will be forced to furlough tens of thousands of workers. The most immediate concern is the absence of Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) inspectors. Pursuant to DOD regulations, these inspectors are required to audit and approve parts and operations throughout the manufacturing process for military products. The manufacturing process must stop if these inspections and certifications are not performed, choking off the flow of new equipment to our armed forces.
Although the FAA has furloughed 15,000 employees, the air traffic control system was not immediately impacted by the shutdown. However, the shutdown forced the FAA to furlough all but about 100 of about 1,200 certification staff and inspectors. The remaining staff is being devoted solely to monitoring the safety and airworthiness of the existing fleet.
With only a small fraction of FAA certification engineers and inspectors on the job, the FAA will not initiate any new certification projects and will not be able to support smaller companies that rely on direct FAA support for design approvals. This will have immediate impact on small companies.
Virtually the entire staff of NASA has been furloughed, with only 549 employees out of more than 18,000 remaining on the job. This has stopped important research and development work and has the potential to delay launches of spacecraft such as the replacement of NOAA’s polar-orbiting weather satellite, which provides vital information to predict hurricanes, tornadoes and severe winter storms.
Shutting down the government has been a tragic mistake. There are too many government responsibilities, from national security to public safety, which have been negatively impacted either directly or indirectly. It is harming our economy unnecessarily when it is only slowly recovering, resulting in widespread ripple effects and a loss of public confidence. In addition, a first-in-history default by the U.S. government on its public debt would have a much worse impact on the U.S. and world economies than the 2009 financial crisis. We strongly encourage our elected leaders to reach an agreement reopening the government and raising the debt limit as soon as possible.
The Team America Rocketry Challenge officially opens registration for the 2014 competition
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the next six months, thousands of students will push educational boundaries and test gravity’s limits through designing, building and successfully launching model rockets. Registration to compete in the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is now officially open for middle and high school students across the country.
The annual rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), accepts up to 1,000 student teams composed of three to ten students in grades 7-12. TARC presents students with new challenges by annually updating the criteria for a successful flight, forcing the teams to adapt their design and launches each year to comply with the new regulations. This year, students are required to design a rocket that will climb 825 feet with a payload of two raw eggs, and safely return to earth with both eggs unbroken via a dual-parachute recovery. All of this must happen within a small flight window of 48-50 seconds.
The top 100 ranked teams will be notified on April 8th that they have earned a spot to compete against other student rocketeers in the 2014 national finals. The final “fly-off” will take place on Sunday, May 11th at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA. Teams that advance to the finals will compete for a share of $60,000 in prizes and scholarships, and a trip to compete against teams from the UK and France in the international “fly-off” held at the Farnborough Air Show in July.
TARC plays a critical role in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse students into careers in the aerospace and defense industry. Now in its twelfth year, TARC is the largest rocket competition in the world and an internationally recognized STEM program with thousands of alumni hailing from all 50 states. AIA and the National Association of Rocketry work hand-in-hand with multiple industry partners and AIA member companies to sponsor the annual competition. For additional information on TARC and to register a team, please visit www.rocketcontest.org.
On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, both chamber of Congress passed a deal to reopen the government which the president has ratified.
Due to a lapse in funding approval, the federal government shutdown on October 1, 2013. Congress remains open during the government shutdown as lawmakers continue to debate and seek a compromise solution to fund the Federal Government. However, individual offices are determining how they will operate during the shutdown including which staff will be working, and which staff will be furloughed during this period.
It remains unclear when the government will reopen or what impacts this shutdown will have on our industry. We do know at present that the shutdown is affecting key federal agencies of particular interest to our members. They include the Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other space-related agencies, and the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. These agencies have provided select guidance to businesses, contractors and the general public.
We will be updating this page periodically as we receive additional updates as to what this shutdown means to our industry and what new guidance if any is issued.
Guidance summaries follow:
Secretary Hagel announced that the President signed into law the exemption of our uniformed military. As a result, they have been exempted and will be paid regardless of how the shutdown continues. With regard to the civilian workforce, 400,000 DOD civilians -- out of roughly 650,000 in the workforce -- have been furloughed and those who have been designated exempt will remain on the job and will be paid. Secretary Hagel has also asked the Department’s legal counsel to determine if the law that the President signed allows for a widening in the interpretation of civilians that can be exempted and thus allowed to work (Details).
Additionally, on September 26, 2013, Under Secretary Kendall provided AIA with a letter explaining how the Department will operate with respect to contracts.
UPDATE: On Saturday, October 5, 2013, Secretary Hagel announced he was bringing back the majority of the DOD civilian workforce from furlough, including DCMA and DCAA staff. Since the announcement we have been working with the Department to gain further clarity on how the “Pay Our Military Act” is going to be implemented -- currently we know:
Based on FAA guidance, approximately 34 percent or 15,514 of FAA’s 46,070 employees are being furloughed. For the most part, only operations essential to “life and property” will be conducted.
The summary of continuing operations includes 20 excepted activities, among them: air traffic control services; maintenance and operation of navigational aids and other facilities; flight standards field inspections (limited; operating with 200 employees); aircraft certification services (limited; operating with approximately 100 employees); air traffic safety oversight (limited); and commercial space launch oversight. The summary of suspended activities includes 15 activities, among them: aviation rulemaking; development, operational testing, and evaluation of NextGen technologies; development of NextGen safety standards; and most budgeting functions.
Ninety-four percent of EPA’s approximately 18,000 employees have been furloughed. The remaining workforce is covered under "would imminently threaten the safety of human life or the protection of property" protection, and funded outside of the appropriations process. Work stoppage will certainly include the slowdown of rule-making activities - EPA is currently engaged in many rule-making activities currently such as the Aerospace NESHAPs and others that cover GhGs.
About 97 percent of NASA’s 18,250 workforce has been furloughed. The 549 civil service employees that are exempt from furlough are supporting on-going missions like the International Space Station, which has six astronauts on board in Earth orbit at present.
Within Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Environmental Satellite and Data Information Service Office has 184 employees exempted from furlough during the shutdown to support NOAA and DOD environmental satellite operations and data processing. These systems operate on a 24-hour basis and provide essential data for weather forecasts and events.
Regarding FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, we understand that launch vehicle licensing activities and vehicle design analysis needed in advance of licensing are on hold; companies developing new launch systems may face costly delays if the shutdown continues.
Details are still coming in but much of U.S. National Security space programs -- from reconnaissance and GPS to weather satellites, missile warning and secure communications -- are vital to supporting the nation’s security and so will likely be exempt. New procurements, launches, etc. are still TBD.
We’ve learned that the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will be open for normal operations at least through Friday, October 4, 2013. However, other agencies involved in the review of licenses are operating on very limited status and only reviewing licenses directly in support of ongoing combat or contingency operations. Staffing shortages in the U.S. Government also will affect requests for Commodity Jurisdiction determinations. Other regular functions of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, such as requests for new or renewing registrations, will continue under normal conditions until further notice. For consideration of licenses to support military, humanitarian or other emergencies as determined by DDTC, please email Lisa Aguirre at AguirreLV@state.gov. The subject line of your email should read "Request for Emergency License" and the message must include the applicant name and registration code, the end-use/end-user, justification for needing an emergency license, and a point of contact. The Directorate will contact the requestor with guidance on how to proceed if the request will be honored.
Arlington, Va. -- Representatives from a diverse group of industries and organizations joined today to discuss the successes and upcoming challenges of NextGen, the FAA’s initiative to modernize the nation’s air transportation system, and to warn in this last day of the fiscal year about sequestration budget cuts that threaten to impede NextGen’s progress.
“If we don’t keep moving forward on modernization with adequate funding for new technologies and capabilities our nation’s air transportation system will be overcome by growing demand,” said Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey in a panel discussion. Blakey added, “NextGen is a whole package—a system of systems approach. Piecemeal technological add-ons will not lead to the dramatic safety and efficiency gains NextGen promises.”
Providing the perspective of the airline industry, Captain Don Dillman, Airlines for America’s Managing Director of Flight Operations said, “Accelerated deployment of NextGen policies and procedures will modernize the U.S. aviation industry and make air travel even more efficient for passengers and shippers.”
Active pilot Scott Rosenberg, who flies for Alaska Airlines, spoke about NextGen satellite-based navigation arrival procedures into the Seattle-Tacoma International airport which promise to cut fuel consumption by 2.1 million gallons annually, and reduce carbon emissions by 22,000 metric tons. “NextGen, particularly the ‘Greener Skies Over Seattle’ initiative, has been a win-win for the community, the environment, the traveling public, the airlines and the FAA,” said Rosenberg. “The NextGen program has the potential to provide the largest aviation safety value of any project in recent history.
Representing the viewpoint of travelers, Michael McCormick, Executive Director and COO of the Global Business Travel Association remarked, “America’s businesses send their employees on more than seven million flights each month. Efficient, safe air travel enables invaluable face-to-face meetings with clients and partners, ensuring businesses can compete effectively in the global marketplace. NextGen is essential to reduce flight delays and system slowdowns that disrupt air travel and business opportunities, and slow economic growth.”
Also speaking at the event was Deron Lovaas, Director of the Federal Transportation Policy, Energy and Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, representing environmental interests. Reductions in CO2 emissions from new technologies like NextGen and commercially viable biofuels will substantially reduce aviation’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
At the event, AIA released a new report on NextGen, which details recent program successes and addresses obstacles that stand in the way of additional NextGen progress. The report can be accessed at: http://www.aia-aerospace.org/economics/reports_white_papers/.
Joining Together to Protect the Future of NextGen
Washington, D.C. – According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request, sequestration could impact funding of the FAA’s NextGen initiative by approximately 30-50 percent. This cut will have a significant impact on the progress of NextGen and the safety and efficiency of our nation’s skies.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), in partnership with Exelis Inc., will bring together key experts from a variety of industries to discuss NextGen’s successes and upcoming challenges, as detailed in a new AIA report. Copies of the report, which highlights the importance and cross-industry utilization of NextGen technology, will be provided to all event attendees.
Please RSVP to NextGen_RSVP@aia-aerospace.org with your full name, title and affiliation. For more information, please reach out to the press contacts listed below.
Panel discussion with representatives from a cross section of industry concerning today’s tangible benefits of the NextGen air transportation system.
Monday, September 30, 2013, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon
(Breakfast will be served.)
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The aerospace and defense industry's industrial base is a complex and diverse network of prime contractors, large companies and a huge network of suppliers who build the systems that support U.S. national security priorities. The network is made up of many small to mid-sized companies which maintain both military and commercial products. The industrial base's workforce delivers products to make our military the most advanced, skilled, effective and best equipped in the world.
To show how our industrial base is competing to provide the best products at the lowest cost while also dealing with changing political and fiscal barriers, AIA is increasing the visibility of the industrial base's importance. The following report and supporting papers show what needs to be done to maintain this vital industry.
Mandatory budget cuts will dramatically and disproportionately reduce the Defense Department’s modernization accounts, which will damage the industrial base more severely than is commonly believed. The reasons for this that are enumerated in the paper include:
Publication Date: October 2013
Mandatory budget cuts will dramatically and disproportionately reduce the Defense Department’s modernization accounts, which will damage the industrial base more severely than is commonly believed. The reasons for this that are enumerated in the paper include:
Publication Date: September 2013
Produced By: Center for Stratagic and Budgetary Assessment
Implementation of the Budget Control Act of 2011 is having severe adverse impacts on the defense budget. In real dollar terms, DOD investment spending (Procurement and R&D) in fiscal year 2013 is 24 percent less than it was in fiscal year 2011, the year before the Budget Control Act. Unless the act is changed, fiscal year 2014 could see another 14 percent reduction in investment spending.
Publication Date: September 2013
Division: International Affairs
Purpose: This position is responsible for monitoring, developing, and managing the execution of elements of the Department’s activities to enhance the competitiveness of AIA member companies in the international marketplace.
Nature and Scope of Work:
Reporting: This position reports to the Vice President, International Affairs.
Responsibilities: Activities may be related to any area of the International Department portfolio, but are expected to focus primarily on international defense trade issues. Likely issue areas include: bilateral and multilateral trade relationships in key markets, export controls, export financing, international, international cooperative programs, foreign military sales, direct commercial sales, and global offset policies.
Division: National Security and Acquisition Policy Division
Department: Acquisition Policy
Purpose: This position provides administrative and analytical support to the Vice President, Assistant Vice President, and Director, as well as provides general assistance to the Division. Incumbent will be supervised by the AVP, Acquisition Policy.
Nature and Scope of Work: Greets visitors to the office, ascertains their business and announces them to supervisor. Schedules and confirms appointments. Answers and screens incoming calls and responds to inquiries on routine matters, routing others to the appropriate staff member or department. Takes messages in the absence of other office members.
Maintains calendars and schedules meetings for the VP and AVP. Plans VP and AVP travel and makes appropriate travel arrangements for them. Resolves difficulties that may arise. Prepares individual expense reports and invoices; follows through to ensure payment has been made.
Receives and scans all incoming correspondence. Notes items of current interest and retrieve/attach background material before forwarding to appropriate staff member. Responds directly to requests for releases, distributive materials and general program information. Drafts replies on routine matters for VP, AVP or Director signature.
Creates, edits, prints, telecommunicates, and files a variety of documentation. Composes or transcribes from drafts including: correspondence, releases, agenda, minutes, speeches, listings, position papers, reports, charts and tables. Also reviews correspondence prepared by others requiring signature for general presentation. Ensures all documentation is appropriately coordinated and routed prior to release.
Plans meeting and events. Facilitates Council, Committee and Working Group meetings by ensuring all meeting notices, read ahead materials and follow-up materials are provided to participants in a timely manner. Corresponds with hotels and member company representatives regarding meeting requirements. Makes travel arrangements. Resolves difficulties with hotel service and travel arrangements. For meetings, ensures all logistics for meetings are in place and operating (for example: sets up conference room, ensures audio-visual equipment is in place and operating, and refreshments, takes minutes/notes). After meetings, drafts meeting minutes, provides breakdown of meeting expenses, computes individual meeting attendee share and invoices accordingly. Sends notices for past due accounts and collects payments.
Maintains the office's working, subject, publication and operational files current by filing and retrieving material, establishing new files and sections as needed, and periodically purging files of outdated material. Maintains the Division web site, keeping all posted materials current, accessible and accurate.
Monitors the Division’s operating budget. Tracks actual expenses against allocated budgets and presents monthly funds status reports/analysis to the VP and the AVP.
Places routine office supply orders weekly, checks and stores deliveries, and codes receipts.
Substitutes at the reception desk during short regularly scheduled periods, providing reception and telephone services.
Today AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey was announced as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Since its formulation in 1948, the Trophy has been awarded by the National Aeronautic Association to living Americans in order to recognize “significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.”
“I’m deeply honored to be named the 2013 recipient of the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy,” Blakey said in response to this collegial honor. “This trophy symbolizes the spirit of innovation and exploration that drives our nation to lead the world in aviation. From early aviation pioneers like Charles Lindbergh and Gen. Doolittle to astronauts Neil Armstrong and John Glenn, the Americans who have received this award have been leaders in a field that energizes our economy and upholds our national security. I feel very privileged to join their ranks.”
Walter Boyne, Chairman of the National Aeronautic Association and a member of the Selection Committee, praised the choice. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the selection of Marion Blakey for the Wright Trophy,” Boyne said. “She has been a public servant of the highest order and one of the leading advocates of our nation’s aerospace industry.”
Prior to being the aerospace and defense industry’s top representative as the President and CEO of AIA, Blakey held numerous other prominent positions within government that enabled her to contribute significantly to the advancement of U.S. aviation. Her service includes former FAA Administrator and Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board along with four additional presidential appointments. Under her leadership at FAA, Blakey launched the Next Generation Air Transportation System − the shift to a satellite-based air traffic management system that will modernize air transportation, save fuel, and decrease delays.
“The long list of recipients of this most historic award reflects the diversity of leadership of our nation’s aviation and aerospace industry,” said Jonathan Gaffney, President and CEO of NAA and Chairman of the Selection Committee. “Over its 65-year history, the Wright Trophy has been awarded to industrialists, explorers, innovators, and public servants. Ms. Blakey has joined a remarkable group of Americans.”
Past trophy recipients include astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and John Glenn, political figures like former Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Senator Howard W. Cannon, and pioneers of industry Robert J. Stevens and Donald W. Douglas, Sr.
The award will be presented to Marion Blakey at the Memorial Dinner hosted by the Aero Club of Washington on Friday, December 13, 2013. To read the National Aeronautical Association’s press release honoring Blakey with the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, please visit: naa.aero.
AIA’s Executive Committee approved the following five new Full Members and four new Associate Members. Congratulations and a very warm welcome on behalf of all of us here at the Aerospace Industries Association!
Aero Mechanical Industries
Aero Mechanical Industries has a reputation as one of the highest quality MROs in the world. AMI conducts DER repairs in strict accordance with OEM standards at our facilities in Albuquerque, NM and Fort Lauderdale, FL. AMI services commercial, general aviation and military aircraft worldwide. Specialties include body and engine structures, flight controls and composites and in-house engineering and tooling services.
Avascent is the leading independent strategy and management consulting firm serving clients in government-driven industries. With a team of over 90 full-time professionals and a worldwide network of regional and subject matter experts, Avascent has nearly 30 years of experience of helping companies chart paths to business growth in the defense, intelligence, and civilian sectors.
Castle Metals Aerospace
Castle Metals Aerospace provides a comprehensive, customer-focused range of high performing solutions for managing and integrating complex specialty metals supply chains, including mill conversion, complex finished part manufacturing, and assembly kitting for subsystem integration throughout the aerospace & defense industry around the world.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Crane Aerospace & Electronics combines the experience of long-time industry leaders to supply critical systems and components to the aerospace and defense markets. Our products are found in some of the most demanding environments, from engines to landing gear, from satellites to medical implants, and from missiles to unmanned aerial systems (UAS). We are 2,800 employees, working together in multiple locations worldwide to give manufacturers and airlines one integrated source for sensing, power, braking, electronics and more.
EPS Corporation (EPS) is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with global operations and the capacity, quality and business processes to support small and large projects. Since 1983 EPS has been providing system integrations; logistics support; fielding and training; engineering; voice and data networks and construction management services that support the Department of Defense, Civilian Agencies and Commercial clients.
Arrowhead Products is a world leader in the design, development and manufactute of high and low pressure ducting systems for aircraft and propulsion lines for space vehicles.
Draken provides a new standard of highly capable an dcost-effective Commercial Air Services in support of the Department of Defense with the largest civilian owned tactical fleet of fighter aircraft.
ITT is a global diversified industrial company with employees in more than 35 countries and sales in a total of approximately 125 countries. The company’s profile is characterized by balance and diversity across all its businesses, market cycles and geographies, and its portfolio of businesses and brands is aligned with global growth drivers including urbanization, sustainable development and the growing middle class. In each of its four businesses Interconnect Solutions, Control Technologies, Industrial Process, and Motion Technologies. ITT employees bring extraordinary focus to leading with technology, optimizing operations and differentiating with customers around the world.
Robertson Fuel Systems, LLC
Robertson Fuel Systems, L.L.C. is a leading supplier of survivable aviation fuel systems to the military services of the United States and most of its allies.
The Aerospace Industries Association will present Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) with its prestigious Wings of Liberty Award September 18, in recognition of her longtime support of the nation’s aerospace priorities, including national security, aviation, space exploration and weather forecasting programs.
Sen. Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. Congress, is chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which allocates funds to meet the most pressing needs and responsibilities of our Federal Government.
“Senator Mikulski is a tremendous champion of America’s leadership in aerospace and national security, and has worked tirelessly to advocate for the research and development funding that keeps our nation safe and strong,” said Wes Bush, chairman of the AIA Board of Governors, and Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President of Northrop Grumman Corporation. “She is most deserving of this award.”
“We’re honored to present Senator Mikulski with the aerospace and defense industry’s highest award,” added AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “In addition to her longstanding leadership on issues critical to the economic and industrial health of our nation, we are particularly indebted to the Senator for her impassioned efforts to find a solution to the sequestration cuts that are undermining America’s scientific leadership and competitiveness and risking our nation’s security in a dangerous world.”
In response to receiving the Wings of Liberty Award, Sen. Mikulski said, “I’m so pleased to receive this tremendous award that honors the ingenuity of America’s aerospace industry. The old saying goes, a country that doesn’t make something, can’t make something of itself. Well America’s aerospace industry makes the best defense systems, civil aircraft, spacecraft and satellites in the world, supporting hundreds of thousands of American jobs. I will continue to fight to keep ‘Made in America’ as the gold standard for excellence in aerospace manufacturing.”
The Wings of Liberty award is presented annually to a member of Congress who has made significant contributions to help bolster aerospace and national defense. The award, which embodies the spirit of America and the drive to achieve any dream, will be made at an event on Capitol Hill as part of National Aerospace Week (September 15-21). Past honorees include Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.), Senator Patty Murray (Wash.), Rep. Norm Dicks (Wash.), Senator Daniel Inouye (Hawaii), Senator John Warner (Va.) and former Transportation Secretary and U.S. Rep. Norman Mineta (Calif.).
The Aerospace Industries Association is offering a one-time, limited opportunity for non-members to attend its Fall Supplier Management Council Meeting, hosted by Allied Telesis and Lockheed Martin, October 8-10, 2013 in Silicon Valley, CA.
Take advantage of this special opportunity to meet with Lockheed Martin buyers and senior aerospace and defense leaders and decision makers. A business-to-business meeting with Lockheed Martin 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[at]aia-aerospace.org to see if you qualify.
Chaired by Wes Bush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President, Northrop Grumman 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[at]aia-aerospace.org.
When members of Congress return from their August recess, their plates will be very full. Our legislators need to fund the government for the next fiscal year, which starts October first. Although it may seem like a simple task to keep the government operating, a potential partisan collision over raising the debt ceiling once again presents the threat of a government shutdown. Even if the two parties and two chambers can agree and prevent this from happening, Congress’s recent habit of punting on appropriations bills and funding the government through a Continuing Resolution limits implementation of important national security programs and continues to delay new starts.
This is no way to run a great nation – much less defend it. After several months of sequestration, painful national security impacts are being felt due to the joint Congressional-White House decision to indiscriminately and severely cut defense spending over a nine-year period.
The Pentagon furloughed 650,000 civilian employees that have had very negative impacts, such as delayed testing schedules for the F-35 program and diminishing the work capacity of personnel. Reductions to Army training, Navy ship deployments and Air Force flying time have degraded military readiness. Thirteen air squadrons were recently grounded for three months from April to July.
In addition, the national security industrial base supply chain is beginning to hurt. In May and June, AIA surveyed small and mid-sized supplier companies and found that 88 percent have already experienced negative impacts from budget cuts. Of those, 84 percent have seen reduced revenues or profits, 62 percent have reduced production levels in the past two years, 60 percent saw contract postponements and cancellations, 49 percent had to institute hiring freezes, and 45 percent were already forced to lay off employees.
As we move forward with sequestration, the impacts will only grow. Given the way DoD chose to fill a portion of the sequestration hole in Fiscal Year 2013 using unobligated funds, some programs are potentially two years behind schedule. The impacts will get worse in Fiscal Year 2014 when we won’t have the cushion of unobligated balances to fall back on as we did this fiscal year. All the while personnel costs continue to grow at unprecedented levels.
Beginning October 1st, absent a bipartisan budget solution, the Pentagon will have to absorb an additional $52 billion in cuts, hitting everything from procurement, research and development, readiness operations and personnel. The harsh reality is that DoD already has more than paid its due. Defense spending represents only 18 percent of our national budget but, under the Budget Control Act, the Pentagon has absorbed 50 percent of the reductions to date. Combining sequestration with budget cuts already mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act, we’re staring at nearly a trillion dollars in defense cuts over the next nine years.
On the last day of July, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlined the work of the Strategic Choices and Management Review, something that should greatly concern everyone who cares about our national security. The review, amongst other things, laid out two different potential approaches if sequestration had to be implemented over the long-haul. The approaches, said Hagel, contain trade-offs “between capacity – measured in the number of Army brigades, Navy ships, Air Force squadrons and Marine battalions – and capability, our ability to modernize weapons systems to maintain our military’s technological edge.” The Washington Post called on the administration to pay more attention to the damage of extensive defense cuts, concluding:
“The country’s defense is a core responsibility of the federal government, and its armed forces are critical to the nation’s ability to exert leadership, maintain alliances, defend human rights and preserve the nation’s safety.”
So what can be done now to repeal the sequestration cuts? Although both political parties still seem to be at a stalemate, I believe there is an underlying unease in Washington about what these cuts are doing to our national security capabilities. This unease could create the political conditions necessary for real negotiations to end this mess.
Some basic facts may help our lawmakers focus on a way out. Later this fall, Congress will vote again on raising the debt ceiling, the very issue that created the budget crisis. The critical need is for a solution that addresses our long-term debt and deficit issues without risking investments in our national security and other important priorities such as modernization of the nation’s air transportation system and development of next generation weather satellites.
Then there is the issue of what continuing sequestration will mean for our military capabilities in the long run. Underinvestment in procurement and research and development will inevitably lead to a loss of capability in the defense industrial base as companies shift resources into more stable and profitable business lines.
For example, for the first time in American aviation history, we have no new manned military aircraft in the development phase. This situation began in 2010, and if we do not begin programs like the long range strike bomber soon, we could very easily lose the ability to design and develop new manned aircraft.
Without investment and programs to work on, our defense industrial base could well lose the ability to fill critical requirements of our national security strategy. That loss could harm our ability to equip our men and women in uniform with best technology. We have an obligation to our warfighters to provide them with equipment that tilts the battlefield in their favor. But we need stable, predictable and adequate budgets to fulfill that obligation.
It is my hope that those members of Congress, who rank budget cutting as a higher priority than the need to provide safety and security to the American people will see the train wreck ahead and begin to soften their position. I also hope that those members who are unwilling to even consider modest alterations to entitlement programs – which will help pave the way for a grand bargain – will recognize that these programs are unsustainable, and demographic realities will compel reforms. We are now six months into a policy that has repercussions for our national interests that will only get worse with time.
Those who care deeply about national security should keep communicating with our elected officials in Congress and the White House about the need for a solution to sequestration before it truly is too late.
In my role as president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, I’m sometimes asked this question: “Now that the space shuttle is retired, whatever happened to our human spaceflight program?” My response: “It’s alive and well in the form of the International Space Station.”
I then tell them that if they go to the website spotthestation.nasa.gov, they will be able see the largest international cooperative science and engineering project ever constructed, gracefully arcing across the sky.
Shuttle launches were exciting, but imagine what it must be like for a crew member to be up in space for six months to a year at a time, conducting research to better people’s lives on Earth while also learning how we can extend our exploration reach to the planets.
Often underappreciated in media stories about space is the great success story the ISS represents. Continuously occupied by human crews for nearly 13 years, the football field sized ISS currently has a six-member crew, and receives regular cargo flights launched by the United States, Europe, Japan and Russia.
Congress has designated the U.S. segment of the ISS as a national laboratory, and through the work of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS, companies and university researchers are provided regular and affordable opportunities to get their experiments into the unique microgravity environment offered by the ISS. Transportation of research payloads is provided through CASIS essentially for free, offering companies a tremendous opportunity.
Examples of ISS research include the following:
The ISS is slated to operate through 2020 and NASA believes it could function safely through at least 2028. An extension would be good news to American industry – both for the companies providing cargo and crew resupply services to ISS, as well as those interested in making use of this unique space platform for medicine, materials science and other research.
I certainly want our space program to take on bold new objectives, such as the human exploration of Mars — something research on the ISS will also help enable. But for the time being, we should not forget that this unique research platform is being utilized 24/7 to help make life better for all of us here on Earth.
The Virginia Economic Development Program (VEDP) is launching a “Going Global Defense Initiative” for companies with a presence in “Old Dominion State.” The initiative is aimed at mitigating the negative effects of sequestration on Virginia’s defense-related companies and encouraging expansion into international markets.
VEDP plans to provide assistance with export compliance, international marketing, international certifications and market research. VEDP is holding workshops to educate interested companies on the initiative. The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 13, at the Hilton McLean. Additional workshops will be held Wednesday and Thursday of the same week at the Marriott Waterside Norfolk on August 14 and at the Hotel Roanoke on August 15. Additional information on the VEDP initiative and registration information for the workshops can be found here.
AIA Source: pj.hart[at]aia-aerospace.org
Under the provisions of the new Workforce charter approved by AIA’s Executive Committee, a Workforce Policy Council is being formed to address all issues related to the current and future aerospace workforce as a critical element of the national security industrial base and economy.
Objectives of the Council include:
All Executive Committee members companies have been invited to be represented on the Council and other member companies have the option to participate as well. The Council will be led by an elected Chair and Vice Chair. This decision-making body will create ad hoc working groups as required to accomplish its objectives. At its first meeting on August 28, the Council will be briefed on the findings of two industrial base studies commissioned by AIA this year. The group will also identify priority areas of focus, develop a plan of action and elect the Chair and Vice Chair.
The existing Workforce Working Group will remain responsible for holding meetings jointly with NDIA to engage and advance STEM networks around the country. In continuation of this ongoing collaboration between the two associations, AIA and NDIA convened a two-day meeting with the Michigan STEM Partnership the first week in June.
Billed as a call-to-action summit, the event attracted more than 100 stakeholders from across the state. The meeting was structured to facilitate discussion and planning of effective collaboration between employers and educators. A panel discussion on “The New Michigan Economy” led by Chris Holman from the Michigan Business Network highlighted challenges and opportunities for educators and workforce developers associated with the shift from dominance by heavy manufacturing of automobiles to a more diverse and high tech business environment. Plenary speakers included Mark Signorelli, Vice President and General Manager of Armored Combat Systems at BAE Systems Land and Armaments; and Richard Sheridan, IT entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Menlo Innovations, LLC. Sheridan’s spirited remarks explained and reflected the innovative 21st Century workplace he has developed to infuse joy in business practices and which employs HIGH-TECH ANTHROPOLOGY®. During the discussion, Gina Burns of Lockheed Martin captivated the audience by describing often unrecognized broad social benefits of technologies first developed in the aerospace and defense industries. To illustrate this point, she showed a brief clip from a TED talk demonstrating how an exoskeleton developed to enable soldiers to carry heavy loads on their backs is allowing paralyzed people to walk.
Local stakeholders considered the meeting a good start for increasing public-private STEM collaboration in Michigan. Among the immediate results was increased interest in participating on the leadership teams of regional STEM network hubs around the state.
The next AIA/NDIA joint STEM Workforce meeting is scheduled for October 28-29 with the objective of formalizing a District of Columbia STEM network. Invited speakers include DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins. The Greater Washington Board of Trade, DC Chamber of Commerce, and Federal City Council have all been engaged in planning the event.
AIA Source: susan.lavrakas[at]aia-aerospace.org
As NASA continues to make steady developmental progress on its priority programs in human spaceflight and space science, the House and Senate have each begun marking up their own authorization bills to guide the agency’s direction for the next three fiscal years.
Due to different baseline budget assumptions, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee authorized a $16.8 billion top line agency budget for NASA in FY14, whereas the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has introduced a bill authorizing NASA at $18.1 billion.
The dramatic disparity between the two bills illustrates the difficulty that legislators will have this year in coming to agreement on a NASA reauthorization bill. AIA has articulated its support of NASA priority programs in four authorization issue papers, which can be read here; however, it’s important to note that these programs do not expire at the end of this fiscal year. Although the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 authorized funding levels through FY13, NASA’s programs are permitted to continue regardless of whether a new authorization act is passed.
With respect to actual appropriations for NASA, both House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed markup of the Fiscal Year 2014 NASA funding bill, with the House bill providing $16.6 billion for NASA, and the Senate $18 billion. After Congress returns from the August recess, it is most likely that NASA FY 2014 funding will be covered in a Continuing Resolution.
While a new authorization is not required for the continuation of NASA programs, there is one provision included in both the House and Senate bills that must be passed before the end of the year – renewal of the Commercial Space Launch Act’s (CSLA) risk management provision.
In 1988, Congress amended the CSLA of 1984 for the specific purpose of establishing a risk-sharing regime for FAA-licensed commercial space launches that would allow U.S. companies to compete with foreign launch providers. The CSLA risk sharing regime is critical to enable U.S. participation in the highly competitive international launch market, and assure the health of a space industrial base that supports our nation’s security. The regime has been continuously renewed since 1988, and must once again be renewed by the end of the year. Without renewal, the provision will lapse after December 31st, with potentially bleak consequences for the space launch industrial base.
AIA was pleased to see that both House and Senate NASA authorization bills contain language to renew the CSLA risk management provision. The House proposed a five-year term of renewal, while the Senate proposed a three-year renewal. AIA urges Congress to pass a renewal with no sunset provision, or at the very least, a term of five years. AIA’s position paper on CSLA risk management renewal can be read here.
Given the low likelihood of Congress passing a NASA authorization bill this year, AIA is working diligently to find another legislative vehicle to renew the CSLA risk management regime. The National Defense Authorization Act may be one option, as well as a potential appropriations Continuing Resolution that may be needed by October 1. AIA is also coordinating closely with our colleagues at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the Satellite Industry Association to advocate for passage of the risk management provision renewal.
To read the House NASA authorization bill, click here.
To read the Senate NASA authorization bill, click here.
AIA Source: dan.hendrickson[at]aia-aerospace.org
As a longstanding champion for sensible export control reform, AIA is pleased that the Departments of State and Commerce are proposing regulatory language outlining which satellite technology will transition from the U.S. Munitions List to the more flexible Commerce Control List (CCL).
The Departments are responding to a legislative mandate in the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to repeal restrictions stemming from the 1999 expansion of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations that had subjected commercial satellites and their parts and components to the less flexible State Department U.S. Munitions List (USML) process.
To help provide industry’s input into the regulatory process, AIA has submitted extensive comments about the proposed language. In our comments, AIA advocates that the State Department adopt sensible regulatory language that would support export-related activities concerning space-based logistics, commercial space tourism and satellite aperture thresholds.
AIA also recommended that technologies for space-based logistics, such as satellite refueling capabilities which are currently under development, should be subject to control for export by the Commerce Department. AIA’s recommendation would allow for a U.S. supplier to provide satellite refueling services for the satellites of our partner and allied countries without having to go through the U.S. Munitions List process. Placing this technology on the CCL would encourage development of the satellite refueling enterprise without compromising national security.
Additionally the commercial space tourism industry is poised for exponential growth in the coming years. Subjecting space tourism vehicles to USML control would stifle their development at a time when the U.S. is poised to become the world leader in this arena. Parallels can be drawn between overly-restrictive control of U.S. commercial satellites and the subsequent growth of satellite manufacturing capabilities of foreign countries. AIA believes the Administration should be mindful that inappropriate restrictions on commercial space tourism could encourage foreign countries (business competitors) to develop the technology on their own.
Lastly, the State Department’s proposed regulations would subject electro-optical remote sensing capabilities with an aperture greater than 0.35 meters to control under the USML. AIA has noted that foreign competitors currently manufacture or plan to manufacture commercial satellites with apertures of 0.70 meters or greater. AIA recommended increasing the aperture threshold to at least 0.70 meters, allowing systems below the thresholds to be eligible for CCL control. AIA’s comments also pointed out the threshold should likely be even larger to account for future commercial advancements.
The next step in this process will be the publication of final rules in the Federal Register by the State and Commerce Departments. AIA will continue to keep our members informed about the progress of export control reform.
AIA Source: pj.hart[at]aia-aerospace.org
Up utill this year, the city of Georgetown has been known as the “Red Poppy Capital” of Texas. Now it can proudly boast of being home of the world’s greatest student rocketeers! This spring, the Georgetown 4-H team, comprised of brothers Matthew and Mark Janecka and Daniel Kelton, were victorious in both the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), held in The Plains, Virginia and the International Rocketry Challenge, held in conjunction with the Paris Air Show.
Unmistakingly Texas-proud with their cowboy hats and belt buckles, Georgetown 4-H brought home the gold against teams from France and the United Kingdom, winning both the rocket launch and presentation components of the competition.
The Raytheon-sponsored three-man team worked tirelessly in the months leading up to the U.S. finals in May before going on to claim the title of international champions. The team prepared for the competition by building and launching model rockets with the goal of reaching an altitude of exactly 750 feet during a 48- to 50-second flight window before returning to earth with a payload of one raw egg uncracked. In the competition in which the lowest score wins, Georgetown 4-H’s hard work paid off when their mark of 47 beat the French by 29 points and the U.K. by 59 points.
AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey congratulated all of the participants, noting the bright futures that lay ahead of them and the necessity of cross-border partnerships. “The innovation demonstrated by these students is a terrific indication that the future of our industry is in good hands and that the benefits of global collaboration are limitless,” she said.
The International Rocketry Challenge is a culmination of three separate competitions held annually around the globe – the Team America Rocketry Challenge, the United Kingdom Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) and the French Rocketry Challenge. These contests are designed to enhance middle and high school students’ interests and skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
AIA Source: anne.ward[at]aia-aerospace.org
AIA is mounting an advocacy initiative in support of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im). With Ex-Im’s legislative authorization set to expire a year from September, our industry’s voice will be vital in highlighting how Ex-Im helps increase U.S. exports and maintain a strong national security industrial base.
Established through executive order in 1934 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. In 2012 the Bank utilized $37.5 billion in authorized credit guarantees to help facilitate nearly $50 billion in U.S. exports. These guarantees helped support 255,000 American jobs, nearly 88 percent of which come from small businesses. Over the course of its 80-year history, the Ex-Im Bank has supported more than $456 billion in U.S. exports.
Under its federal mandate, the Ex-Im Bank is able to finance the sale of many aerospace products, such as large commercial aircraft, spare parts, and certain commercial satellites and launch services. For example, over the last three years the Ex-Im Bank has financed the sale of approximately 60 percent of U.S. commercial satellite sales. The Bank is a critical tool for many aerospace companies, both large and small, seeking to successfully export their products and reach international markets.
In support of our advocacy initiative, AIA will respond with a statement of support to every Register Notice requesting public comment about a proposed aerospace product export loan in excess of $100 million. We will also highlight on a state-by-state basis the contributions of the Ex-Im Bank to job creation and economic growth.
For the United States to continue to be competitive in an international aerospace marketplace where foreign competitors in Europe and Asia have the support of their own export credit agencies, the Ex-Im Bank must continue to provide critical financing to U.S. businesses, especially small- and medium-sized companies. For questions on how to become involved with AIA’s advocacy initiative, or if you have other related inquiries, please contact Doug Farren at doug.farren[at]aia-aerospace.org.
AIA Source: pj.hart[at]aia-aerospace.org
Three years ago, Congress designated the third week of September as National Aerospace Week in recognition of the enormous contribution the aerospace and defense industry makes to America’s economy, competitiveness and national security. Since its inception, National Aerospace Week has served as a rallying point for interested groups throughout the nation to demonstrate their support for the industry with events and activities.
With pressures to cut the federal budget continuing, events like National Aerospace Week help to educate members of Congress and Administration officials about the enormous contribution the aerospace and defense industry makes to keep our country strong and secure.
Accordingly, AIA is reaching out to our members and organizations around the country to highlight key themes and messages during this year’s National Aerospace Week (September 16-21) consistent with our broader Second to None campaign, enumerated in the previous article.
As in previous years, we need our members to get engaged. You can do so by hosting events, communicating with elected officials – nationally and locally – and sponsoring other activities. To get started, please visit www.nationalaerospaceweek.org to access the National Aerospace Week toolkit and social media resources. We look forward to having you join us as we work to keep our industry strong, resourceful and second to none.
AIA Source: donald.forest[at]aia-aerospace.org
As we approach National Aerospace Week (September 16-21) it is worth reminding the public during that week, and every week, about the many contributions the aerospace and defense industry makes to saving and improving people’s lives through advancements in science and technology.
When flying in today’s domestic airspace, passengers experience firsthand how our industry saves lives as U.S. airspace and aircraft are comprised of the safest equipment ever built. Commercial jets successfully carry millions of Americans safely from point A to point B on a daily basis and are guided to their destinations by some of the most high-tech airspace management systems ever developed, including the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
Breakthroughs in infectious disease research, sensory and other medical devices are all byproducts of U.S. space program research and development efforts. Extensive aerospace and defense R&D has also led to the development of products that provide our troops with the technological edge on the battlefield. These technologies help reduce casualties and contribute to the safe return of our men and women in uniform now serving in Afghanistan.
The aerospace and defense industry also improves many Americans’ everyday lives through its contributions to our nation’s economic vitality. Generating a $65.7 billion positive trade balance in 2012, our industry continuously helps boost the U.S. economy. As sales reached $269.8 billion in 2012, with exports of $99.3 billion, it is no surprise that our industry contributed to the economic recovery from the great recession of the late 2000s by putting citizens to work in high-skilled, high-paying jobs.
As our economy works toward regaining its pre-decline strength, we have been and will continue to educate lawmakers and the public through a variety of media about the contributions and improvements our industry makes in the lives of the American people. In 2012 alone, AIA’s advocacy efforts generated over 6,000 media hits nationwide. Maintaining this strong posture, AIA is still driving the message and has been featured in over 3,400 print, digital and broadcast stories in 49 states and the District of Columbia in so far in 2013. These efforts have been boosted by AIA’s strong social media presence that allows us to share our industry’s message with more than 48,000 followers between the association’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
With budgetary uncertainty continuing to loom over national defense funding for the foreseeable future, AIA remains focused on advocating for the industry that saves and improves American lies every day.
AIA Source: adam.kostecki[at]aia-aerospace.org
Policy making on spectrum allocation is heating up with both Congress and the Executive Branch proposing significant changes for military and civil aerospace use of the electromagnetic spectrum. To address the growing demand for broadband wireless services, federal agencies and industry stakeholders including AIA are working concurrently through the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee to determine the feasibility of sharing between federal users and commercial wireless operators in the 1755-1850 megahertz (MHz) spectrum band. In addition to these existing efforts, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to repurpose several federal bands, including the 1695-1710 and 1755-1780 MHz bands.
Because the current federal spectrum assignments are already quite crowded, decisions to move existing federal spectrum users or crowd them into other occupied spectrum bands may affect additional important systems and users if not evaluated, planned and resourced properly.
One major focus of legislative attention is the “Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act of 2013” (H. R. 2739). This bill, co-sponsored by Representatives Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.), would require government users to vacate the 1755-1780 MHz band within the next two years in order to pair the band with other spectrum mandated for auction in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. AIA supports the introduction of new safeguards in this bill for the Department of Defense – an element that was missing from previous proposals. Other ramifications of H. R. 2739 for both DOD and domestic agencies are still being analyzed by AIA’s Spectrum Working Group. We urge our members to review and provide feedback about the FCC’s proposed rulemaking and the recent proposed legislation (H. R. 2739), to the Spectrum Working Group or AIA staff.
AIA Source: rich.efford[at]aia-aerospace.org
The aerospace and defense industry has both contributed key innovations used for the development of 3-D printing, smart phones and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and is now using them in a variety of applications. The pace and scope of aerospace and defense activity in all three areas is truly exciting.
Recently, I was privileged to see some amazing work related to additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, along with industry giant Norman Augustine, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Oak Ridge, best known for its role in the development of the atomic bomb, has made a major investment in advancing the development of next-generation materials and manufacturing processes for all industry sectors – aerospace and defense, automotive, petroleum/gas drilling etc. And ORNL is seeking to expand its collaboration with the aerospace and defense industry, which has about 25 of the laboratory’s 800 industry partnerships thus far.
Particularly impressive during our tour was a 3-D demonstration of laser deposition of powder Inconel 625, a nickel-chromium-based super alloy used in the production of jet engines and other high-temperature applications. I was also struck by the work ORNL is conducting in partnership with Lockheed Martin on an additive manufacturing system called BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) capable of manufacturing parts completely unbounded in size. The system might enable the use of advanced polymer composites, multiple materials within a single component, multifunctional materials, and automated insertion of dedicated subcomponents. It’s developers hope this will lead to a “CAD-to-system” approach to manufacturing, rather than a “CAD-to-part.” With the last decades seeing revolutionary changes in aircraft designs, prospects for rapid advancement of future systems may be even brighter.
While smart phones are primarily used in commercial markets, aerospace and defense companies are hard at work on developing highly-secure smart phones that will provide our men and women in uniform an additional advantage in managing battlefield communications. Imagine for example, an infantry unit in Afghanistan utilizing a light weight smart phone to receive and control video feeds from a nearby UAS or calling up satellite imagery to enhance their situational awareness. Or they could use a smart phone geo-location capability to spot the location of friendly vehicles, sensors, and nearby soldiers. Smart phones being developed for the military sector will have the capability to carry classified or sensitive information with appropriate security so that enemy forces can’t steal information from them or inject false information into the networks. The smart phones will also be equipped with an anti-tamper capability so they would be useless if they got into the wrong hands.
Finally, the number of potentially valuable domestic UAS applications that can save and improve lives continues to grow. A New York Times article focusing on domestic uses, noted the following UAS applications:
Precision agriculture, with tiny planes inspecting crops several times a week for the first sign of blight or insect invasion; safety missions by semiautonomous flying machines that could cruise the two-mile length of a freight train and examine the air brakes on each car, far faster than a person could, and be available for accident assessment in case of derailment; inspection operations of pipelines or power lines, a job that is notoriously dangerous for helicopters, and scouting out fires or car crashes.
As these new technologies illustrate our industry remains an engine of exciting innovation. AIA continues to focus in our communications and advocacy on encouraging the government to make useful investments in our technological future, and to avoid unnecessary regulations that can hinder the growth of new technological markets, such as UAS, that can benefit society. I’ll be reporting on our progress on these fronts in future E-Updates.
National Aerospace Standard (NAS) series is known for many things including thier work developing state-of-the-art, high strength, precision fasteners that help ensure a product holds its integrity even under the most demanding situations. This infographic helps showcase some of the key accomlishments,capeabilities and usage of the NAS series.
The benefits we reap as a society from space exploration are so numerous you may not even know you are impacted by them. This infographic was adapted from AIA's Space in our World report to help showcase many of those impacts to teach people about the multifaceted ways space affects our world. Get the full report here.
National Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (NCAT) is a non-profit corporation that provides a national focal point for the coordination of scientific research and development of advanced technologies predicated upon a cooperative relationship between government, academia, and business in the public and national interest. NCAT also analyzes government policies concerning research and development of advanced technologies and to formulate improved approaches to such research and development in the national and public interest.
Next Generation (NextGen) Air Transportation System Institute was created by an Other Transactions Agreement (OTA) between NCAT and the FAA in March, 2005 to provide the fair, open, and balanced means for government and private sector collaboration on the Institute. The Institute operates in support of the inter-agency Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), and allows execution of contracts in support of the JPDO’s mission. . This partnership enables collective enterprise between government and the private sector in order to coordinate goals and priorities, and to define, develop, and implement a NextGen System capable of meeting the safety, security, capacity, efficiency, and productivity demands of 2025.
Nature and Scope of Work:
Chief Executive and Administrator of the Institute. Responsible for overall operations of the Institute and compliance with the governance of the OTA between NCAT and the FAA that establishes and maintains the requirements of the Institute. Accountable for the performance of all technical and professional activities undertaken by the Institute.
Works with the JPDO Director, or his/her designee, concerning what tasks, issues, studies, and other assignments the Institute shall undertake, what products will be produced, setting the schedule for milestones and completion of the tasks, and what resources will be necessary and available to successfully complete those tasks.
Oversees the contracting process in compliance with the governing OTA requirements for work requested by the JPDO, including solicitation of competitive bids for work requested by JPDO, management of the process for contract awards, and management of contractor performance. This includes understanding requirements and desired outcomes, understanding what it takes to do the work (technical, cost and schedule), understanding the strengths and weaknesses of various vendors, facilitating a successful contract award, and successfully monitoring the contract and knowing when to engage the Government.
Responsible for understanding the JPDO mission and generating/proposing work plans that are supportive of the mission.
Responsible for soliciting, selecting and assigning experts to tasks, staffing working groups (including industry participation of JPDO Study Teams), and assuring quality control of their products. Works with working group and study team participants to ensure inclusion of broad industry perspectives and strong subject matter expertise. Periodically assesses whether industry participation is successfully producing deliverables that are of value to the JPDO and supportive of the NextGen System initiative.
Responsible for proper financial management of the Institute, including ensuring continued funding of the Institute, establishing the Institute operations budget and obtaining necessary approvals, and ensuring proper billing and payment functions.
Responsible for maintaining and operating the Institute’s offices, keeping its books and records, employing and supervising technical, professional, and administrative staff for the Institute’s activities, and performing other related duties as required to ensure the effective operation of the Institute. Responsible for organizing meetings, symposia, and roundtables, publishing reports, working and white papers, and summaries of proceedings. Ensures auditable processes are developed, maintained, and complied for all requirements of the governing OTA.
Reporting and Supporting Duties:
The Executive Director and Institute staff are employees of the National Center for Advanced Technologies and are governed by its employment policies and processes.
This position reports to the National Center of Advanced Technologies, Inc. (NCAT) for proper management to the terms of the governing Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) between NCAT and the FAA that establishes and maintains the requirements of the Institute, including staffing, budgetary matters, management processes and other fiduciary responsibilities of the position.
This position reports to the NextGen Institute Management Council (IMC) on the development, approval and articulation of Institute technical or policy recommendations and products related to the development and implementation of the NextGen System. The IMC will be kept updated by this position on work being performed under the Institute, how that work relates to the mission of the JPDO and an assessment of the value and quality of the product being developed.
The Executive Director supports the IMC extensively, including: preparing the IMC meeting agendas to include staffing the agenda items; scheduling pre-briefs for the IMC Co-Chairs in advance of the meetings; keeping the IMC members apprised of the status and progress of Institute activities through regular NextGen Institute updates and activity reports; and, keeping the IMC apprised of the status and progress of major JPDO projects.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on passage of the House Defense Appropriations Bill
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association applauds the passage of the House Defense Appropriations Bill, which provides $512.5 billion in base funding and $85.8 billion for overseas contingency operations. However, while the bill is more than $28 billion above the levels mandated under the Budget Control Act of 2011, it still represents a reduction of nearly $3.4 billion from the Defense Department’s 2014 request for its base budget, which includes a reduction of $1.1 billion in the critical research and development accounts. More importantly, the bill – similar to President Obama’s submission of a proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 – ignores the cuts that would be imposed under sequestration.
Just a few weeks ago on July 10, Defense Secretary Hagel, in his letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, outlined what the $52 billion sequestration impact will bring to the Department’s budget if nothing is done. This cut comes on top of $487 billion dollars of reductions already being implemented across the next decade from the Budget Control Act as well as $37 billion lost from the fiscal year 2013 budget in the first round of sequestration.
“The size, readiness and technological superiority of our military will be reduced, placing at much greater risk the country’s ability to meet our current national security commitments,” Secretary Hagel said. “This outcome is unacceptable as it would limit the country’s options in the event of a major new national security contingency.”
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that sequestration through fiscal year 2014 would cost up to 1.6 million jobs. In addition to the lost jobs, an even greater consequence will be the impact to the defense industrial base. Sequestration will worsen the impacts already occurring to small businesses in the supply chain and will contribute to the loss of critical skills and experience from our unique workforce spread across the country.
These cuts constitute an unacceptable risk to our national security and economy. We urge Congress and President Obama to repeal sequestration and work together with industry to find bipartisan strategic solutions that yield cost savings and operational efficiencies that can exceed the deficit reduction achieved through the Budget Control Act.
The contributions the Export Import Bank of the United States (also known as Ex-Im Bank) makes to the U.S. economy are indispensable. America’s commercial aerospace industry and other major industries rely heavily on the Ex-Im Bank to fill gaps in private export financing at no cost to the taxpayer. The Bank supports $50 billion per year in U.S. manufacturing exports, returns billions of dollars to the U.S. Treasury through service fees and helps guarantee 250,000 private sector jobs.
To help offset the risks of foreign financing, the Ex-Im Bank provides businesses with the liquidity and confidence to accept new international contracts and compete more effectively in the global marketplace. The Ex-Im Bank’s traditional financing for export products support businesses both large and small and include export credit insurance, working capital loans, loan guarantees and project finance loans. The Ex-Im Bank also provides “express” export finance products tailored to address short-term financing needs, liquidity and small business security. This confidence booster helps finance manufacturing exports within our industry which include large commercial aircraft, helicopters, general aviation aircraft, commercial satellites, launch services and related goods.
Ex-Im Bank export credit support has helped U.S. companies compete successfully for major foreign sales of U.S. civilian aircraft, launch services and commercial satellites in recent years. The biggest beneficiaries of these sales are small and mid-sized companies that supply major manufacturers with parts, systems and equipment. They benefit both from the initial sale to the original equipment manufacturer and even more so with aftermarket sales for maintenance, repair and overhaul.
In the current federal budgetary environment, commercial export opportunities represent critical revenue diversification that many aerospace suppliers will need to survive. If they do not, the implications for America’s technological edge on the battlefield would be ominous.
Further, the Bank helps level the playing field for America’s aerospace manufacturers, who are competing with foreign companies backed by the low interest rates and deep coffers of other nations. These companies are a key part of our national and economic security. Fifty-nine other countries do not hesitate to aggressively use institutions similar to the Ex-Im Bank to compete in the global marketplace, and Ex-Im Bank support is the only way many U.S. aerospace manufacturers have a fair fight.
The Ex-Im Bank is scheduled for reauthorization in 2014, but is already facing opposition and we must begin the fight now to ensure its passage next year. Working with member companies and a broad coalition of other associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we are mounting an aggressive advocacy campaign in support of the Ex-Im Bank.
For more information on our position in support of the Ex-Im Bank, please refer to our position paper below:
Department: Legislative Affairs
Purpose: The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) represents and advocates for the interests of approximately 350 member companies in the U. S. aerospace and defense industries. AIA is expanding its legislative advocacy efforts and this new position is part of that initiative. The position will assist the Legislative Affairs Division in development and execution of the Association’s legislative program, including legislative research, drafting and review of written advocacy materials, monitoring of key legislation, and management of legislative databases. The position will support all aspects of the Association’s legislative work, and requires a basic understanding of aerospace and defense industry issues in the areas of national defense, civil aviation, commercial space, science, and STEM education.
Nature and Scope of Work: This is a new position reporting to the Vice President, Legislative Affairs and is located in the Association’s headquarters at 1000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia. Duties of the position include:
Minimum and Desired Requirements: This position has the following requirements:
Department: Technical Operations
Division: National Security Division
Purpose: This position is responsible for monitoring and addressing issues that relate to and impact on industry members in the two primary areas of product support and Engineering Management, and Quality Assurance. The product support area includes all phases of equipment and product life cycle support, including Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) policy, maintenance/depot maintenance, flexible sustainment, supply, spare parts, field support, technical publications, training, and so on. The engineering management focuses on design, manufacturing, reliability of products, and data interoperability and long-term storage. The quality assurance area includes all government relationships that affect product integrity and contribute to increased customer satisfaction. This position serves as the staff liaison to member bodies addressing these issues and to outside agencies.
Nature and Scope of Work: This position reports directly to the Assistant Vice President, Technical Operations.
This position is responsible for monitoring issues, regulations and developments as they relate to and impact on industry members in the areas of product support engineering management, and quality assurance in coordinating the activities of the committees, subcommittees, task groups and panels established to address these issues. These bodies may take the initiative to formulate positions to be presented to such federal agencies as DoD, NASA, EPA, DoL and GSA, as well as their various bureaus and commissions; or respond to government inquiries dealing with special areas of concern that require industry input. Some of these groups may have government, civilian, both domestic and international and/or military officials participating in or observing deliberations.
Serves as principal liaison to one or more member committees, subcommittees, panels and task forces. Works closely with the chairmen of executive and steering committees and key industry officials of these groups to identify and clarify issues. Provides assistance as well as technical advice. Participates in seeking industry consensus; drafting and refining AIA's positions on the various issues and topics under consideration; and in making these viewpoints known to appropriate agency officials.
Confers with various civilian and military officials within the administration and agencies to gain attention and favorable consideration of AIA's viewpoint on subjects of current interest. Arranges and coordinates joint government-industry working groups and project teams within assigned area of responsibility in order to gain consensus on major issues affecting the aerospace industry.
Occasionally attends congressional hearings to become aware of the legislative considerations impacting on the incumbent's areas specialization. Can assist the Office of Legislative Affairs in drafting testimony to be presented at such hearings.
Serves as a central resource person, and as such responds to inquiries from member companies, government officials and the public seeking information and background data on incumbent's areas of expertise. These inquiries can range from general questions to highly specific requests that may take days to assemble the required data and background information.
Makes all meeting arrangements for committees in areas of responsibility. This includes assisting in topic selection, development of background information and materials, selection of site and hotel/company facility, arranging for meeting and sleeping rooms and menus, taking minutes and finalizing these after comment, and approving expenses associated with each meeting.
Contributes articles and news items to the AIA newsletter highlighting issues and developments within own areas of expertise and responsibility. May also contribute to various government publications as requested.
As directed by the president, may serve as principal staff liaison to several Board of Governors ad hoc groups dealing with current industry issues.
Conducts several committee-generated surveys a year on topics of immediate interest. Gathers data compiled by the committees; formats, reproduces and distributes it to committees and other interested parties.
Develops and populates web sites within the AIA home page for product support and quality assurance.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the upcoming debate and vote on the nomination of Fred P. Hochberg to a second term as head of the Export-Import Bank.
Arlington, Va. — Already, 130 days into what Politico has described as “The Sequester’s Slow Burn,” mandatory budget cuts are definitely impacting our nation’s defense and the companies that make America strong by selling products abroad.
This week, the Pentagon began furloughing 650,000 civilian employees. Defense readiness has already been affected, with reductions in Army training, Navy ship deployments and Air Force flying time. Currently 13 air squadrons sit idle. And as the Defense Department implements the sequestration budget cuts that are on top of the $487 billion in defense reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011, reduced spending on equipment purchases and research and development for new systems is being felt throughout the defense industrial supply chain.
Last month, the Aerospace Industries Association surveyed small and mid-sized aerospace and defense supplier companies and found that eighty-eight percent of them have been affected by budget cuts during the past two years. Sixty-two percent of the companies told us that the budget cuts have led to reduced production levels, sixty percent saw contract postponements and cancellations, and forty-nine percent had to institute hiring freezes with forty-five percent forced to lay off employees.
Many of these companies have responded to budget cuts by doing their best to diversify their business away from defense contract work to the commercial market, where there is more stability and earnings potential. In this regard, civil aviation and space exports may serve as a vital lifeline for the 30,000 companies that make up the defense supply chain and the thousands of workers who depend on this vital industry. At this critical time, with the painful effects of the sequester being felt across the country it is imperative we keep the Export-Import Bank of the United States open for business. Ex-Im, as it’s known, does what’s rare in government. It plays a vital role in helping American companies compete on a level playing field in the global marketplace, having supported 3,400 companies – big, medium and small – last year. And for aerospace companies already feeling the effects of the sequester, financing from Ex-Im can mean the difference between growth or layoffs.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote very soon on the re-nomination of Fred Hochberg for a second four-year term as President and Chairman of the Ex-Im Bank. Under Chairman Hochberg’s leadership, the Bank has supported nearly one million jobs over the past four years. If the nomination is derailed by opponents of the Bank, the Bank’s Board of Directors would be denied the quorum it needs to approve new loan guarantees and support American jobs.
America’s commercial aerospace industry relies heavily on the Ex-Im Bank to fill gaps in private export financing at no cost to the taxpayer. In fact, the Bank makes money, contributing $1.6 billion to the Treasury over the past five years. Ex-Im Bank export credit support has helped U.S. companies compete successfully for major foreign sales of U.S. civilian aircraft and commercial satellites in recent years. And the biggest beneficiaries of these sales are small and mid-sized companies that supply major manufacturers with parts, systems and equipment. They benefit both from the initial sale to the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and even more so with aftermarket sales for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO).
In the current sequestration environment, commercial export opportunities represent critical revenue diversification that many aerospace suppliers will need to survive. If they do not, the implications for America’s technological edge on the battlefield would be ominous.
While Ex-Im is prohibited from financing military equipment, it provides vital financing to many commercial exports. The Bank helps level the playing field for America’s aerospace manufacturers, who are competing with foreign companies backed by the low interest rates and deep coffers of other nations. These companies are a key part of our national and economic security. Fifty-nine other countries do not hesitate to aggressively use institutions similar to the Ex-Im Bank to compete in the global marketplace, and Ex-Im Bank support is the only way many U.S. aerospace manufacturers have a fair fight. If the Senate does not want to unilaterally disarm America’s exporters, it should act now to ensure the Bank continues to function with a quorum for reviewing and approving projects. Mr. Hochberg and his colleagues at the Ex-Im Bank have an important job to do, and we must ensure they are allowed to do it.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the risk to America’s national security strategy outlined in Defense Secretary Hagel’s letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association is gravely concerned by the second wave of sequestration impacts that were recently outlined in Defense Secretary Hagel’s letter of July 10 to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Secretary Hagel’s letter provides a contingency plan to slash $52 billion dollars out of the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2014 budget unless Congress repeals the sequester by the end of September. This cut comes on top of $487 billion dollars of reductions already being implemented across the next decade from the Budget Control Act as well as $37 billion lost from the fiscal year 2013 budget in the first round of sequestration.
Like Secretary Hagel, our members support President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget and strongly oppose further cuts of the magnitude required under the Budget Control Act. As best said by the Secretary, “I strongly oppose cuts of that magnitude because … the size, readiness and technological superiority of our military will be reduced, placing at much greater risk the country’s ability to meet our current national security commitments.” We also agree with the Secretary’s statement that, “this outcome is unacceptable as it would limit the country’s options in the event of a major new national security contingency.”
AIA has been a tireless advocate for the President’s annual proposed budgets for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 as we believe they represent the minimum necessary investment in our collective national security industrial base. We will continue to highlight the negative consequences of these cuts, particularly those unseen effects such as the impacts on small businesses in the supply chain and the loss of critical skills and experience represented by our unique workforce spread across the country.
We urge Congress and President Obama to repeal sequestration before the end of the current fiscal year and work together with industry to find bipartisan strategic solutions that yield greater cost savings and operational efficiencies over ten years that can exceed those gained through sequestration.
Americans deserve no less from their elected leaders.
On July 10, 2013 , AIA’s Executive Committee approved five new Associate Members. Congratulations and a very warm welcome on behalf of all of us here at AIA!
Since 1967, aerospace companies have used AeroGo equipment to move assembly tooling, work stands, satellites, rockets, or entire aircraft. AeroGo is able to meet unique requirements including clean environments, specialized material compatibility requirements, explosion proof design and single failure point fault tolerant design.
FastXchange is a company that is dedicated to enhancing our clients’ bottom line by removing the onus of laborious, time consuming and in many cases antiquated procurement methodologies. We have been in the business of providing never before seen solutions to our customers for over 15 years. Our D.A.R.P.A. and U.S.C./I.S.I. (University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute) sponsored technology has allowed FastXchange to become a unique solution based technology firm with a sole focus on the aerospace, defense and electronic industries. We have over 30,000 suppliers currently active in our database and this is ever changing based on several protocols that the customer can alter to their own specifications at any time. Our system is currently working with ERP, MRP, Legacy & SAP based systems on a daily basis.
Oerlikon Balzers is the world’s leading supplier of surface technologies, which significantly improve the performance and durability of precision components as well as tools for the metal andplastics processing industries. These coatings, marketed under the BALINIT® brand name, are extremely thin and exceptionally hard. They significantly reduce friction and wear. Oerlikon Balzers also develops processes, manufactures and sells systems and production facilities, and offers contract coating services through a dynamically growing network of nearly 90 coating centers in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Moreover, under the technology brand ePDTM, the company develops integrated services and solutions for the metallization of plastic parts. Oerlikon Balzers is a Business Unit of the Swiss Oerlikon Group.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is the primary economic development entity in the state. Our mission is to increase the quantity and quality of jobs in Oklahoma. More than 500 aerospace-related companies make their home in our state. In 2009, Oklahoma published its “Strategic Plan for the Growth of the Oklahoma Aerospace Industry.” This plan provides a road map for Oklahoma to continue to focus on emerging areas critical to the industry, workforce, training and incentives targeted to aerospace companies.
PASSUR is a leading aviation business intelligence company. We provide predictive analytics and cost saving solutions to all of the eight largest North American airlines, all five of the major hub carriers, more than 60 airport customers, including 22 of the top 30 North American airports, approximately 200 corporate aviation customers, as well as the U.S. government.
Founded in 2006, Specialty Aerospace Services (SAS) is an 8(a) certified, woman owned small business with its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. SAS provides strategic support to further the capabilities of our clients’ endeavors in air and space. We leverage our experienced team’s unique technical, design and rapid manufacturing capabilities to ensure strategic superiority, program execution and tactical success. SAS is comprised of an experienced and dedicated team of visionaries, systems engineers, scientists and space operation specialists that are ready to help you and your company. This strong team has experience in every developed human spaceflight vehicle, all currently produced U.S. launch systems including foreign developed, liquid and solid propulsion technology, spacecraft integration, trajectory simulation, requirement assessment and evaluation, missile defense, threat and foreign technology assessment, radar sensor systems, mission assurance and contractor insight.
Arlington, Va. — Ali Bahrami, an executive with more than thirty years of experience in aviation – 24 years with the Federal Aviation Administration among them – and one of America’s leading experts in commercial aircraft certification and validation, has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as vice president of Civil Aviation. He will be responsible for managing AIA’s work and advocacy on civil aviation issues including successful integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.
“We are delighted to have someone of Ali’s outstanding qualifications join our Civil Aviation team,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Civil aviation is an important growth market for our members and the extensive experience he has will be a valuable asset to our advocacy efforts.”
Most recently, Bahrami was the Manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate of the FAA Aircraft Certification Service. Beginning in 2004, he was responsible for continued operational safety, certification policies, and rules for large transports in the U.S. and directed a highly technical organization of more than 400 FAA employees. He also has extensive experience working and collaborating with a variety of international organizations involved in certification and validation work, notably the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Bahrami received a number of awards and honors, the most recent being the 2013 Airlines for America “Nuts and Bolts” Award. The award recognizes 33 years of continuous support to the airline industry and a collaborative and balanced approach in advancing aviation safety. He is also a recipient of two Secretary of Transportation Recognition Awards for team work and Equal Employment Opportunity. He received FAA’s Northwest Mountain Regional Administrator’s Award for Leadership on three occasions. Bahrami holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Engineering from the University of Michigan.
MYTH: UAS are dangerous to manned aircraft and people on the ground.
REALITY: Industry is advancing technology that enables a UAS operator to have a similar situational awareness to a pilot physically in the cockpit. In fact, there are cases in which the UAS pilot has better situational awareness. This capability, called “sense and avoid,” will demonstrate that UAS can be operated safely in the same airspace as manned aircraft.
MYTH: They are best suited to military use.
REALITY: UAS are used now for law enforcement, forest fire monitoring, wildlife monitoring and a variety of other civilian tasks. NOAA has used the Aerosonde UAS the past 6 years as a hurricane hunter, and trained geophysicists are using UAS systems to predict the location of mineral deposits. UAS have been utilized to help save lives in cases of natural disaster. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts high demand for agricultural UAS that will be able to spray crops with herbicide and pesticide and offers access to cheap, timely data on crop health.
MYTH: UAS do not represent a significant aeronautical market.
REALITY: Of the 1,581 UAS types built in 2012 - 2, 377 were built in the U.S. Among those, the number of UAS types procured for civil use rose from 55 in 2005 to 217 last year.
MYTH: UAS represent a privacy threat.
REALITY: Privacy concerns are similar to those related to surveillance by manned aircraft and any handheld or static device capable of capturing imagery. But unlike smart phone video content, UAS surveillance missions and the information they generate will likely be highly regulated – by multiple government agencies and under laws protecting privacy and due process.
Q. What is the current level of global awareness of UAS?
A. There is a high level of awareness of UAS and support for their increased use. According to a recent joint poll conducted by AIA and the Christian Science Monitor the majority of respondents (54%) are supportive of increased use, provided issues like safety and privacy are addressed. There is consensus on the top non-military uses for UAS – border protection (68%), law enforcement support (62%), search & rescue (55%) and severe weather monitoring (40%). There is also consensus on the top issues that need to be addressed – individual privacy (60%) and safety of those on the ground (57%). Also, perhaps more interestingly, the respondents make no distinction between whether the aircraft is manned or unmanned when it comes to protecting individual privacy, indicating that many of our existing policies on airborne surveillance can be applied to UAS operations.
Q. What are some of the potential civil applications of UAS?
A. Search and rescue, weather forecasting, law enforcement, border patrol, firefighting, disaster response, precision farming, commercial fisheries, scientific research, aerial photography, mail delivery, communications relay, infrastructure monitoring and emergency management.
Q. What is the economic potential of civil UAS applications?
A. Growth of UAS markets could help create up to 100,000 jobs and contribute $82 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product by 2025.
Q. Does AIA have any other concerns with the way UAS policy is going?
A. Failure to implement effective policies regarding spectrum allocation, airspace and certification regulations and export controls will severely limit the UAS sector, which could otherwise grow to become an $89 billion market in the next decade.
Policy makers and regulators must do everything possible to ensure U.S. competitiveness in the UAS field with the following steps:
Q. What does AIA propose be done domestically to address privacy and safety issues?
A. AIA is following closely the FAA’s rulemaking process for integrating UAS into the domestic air space by the congressionally mandated date of 2015. The FAA has a long and successful history of dealing with safety questions in the national airspace system, and we are confident they can handle safety issues with UAS. The Obama Administration has an interagency working group on UAS that will assist them on this subject, drawing in the DOD, NASA and DHS. We don’t have a specific position on the privacy issue, but our industry recognizes this issue needs to be adequately addressed to the satisfaction of the American public.
Q. What do you think about the number of state and local laws springing up to restrict UAS applications in the name of protecting privacy?
A. A national framework must be identified to address the concerns of these communities while avoiding the creation of a national patchwork of conflicting rules that may ultimately limit UAS use for public service missions. An appropriate first step would be the creation of national privacy objectives and guidelines.
Q. Could home-grown terrorists use UAS to attack Americans?
A. These sophisticated, lightweight aircraft with limited payload capacities are very difficult to weaponize and present significant barriers to use by terrorists. While any aircraft, or object for that matter, may be used as a weapon, UAS are unlikely candidates for such use.
Q. Do UAS have a bad image because they are being used indiscriminately in war?
A. Actually, UAS strikes involve thoughtful decision in a human chain of command. This chain of command views information from UAS surveillance, processes other intelligence, considers strategic impact, rules of engagement and immediate concern such as the likelihood of civilian casualties. Due to longer “loiter” times on target, and advances in surveillance imaging provided by UAS, strikes are becoming incredibly accurate. The fact remains that only people make decisions regarding UAS military missions and tactics.
Q. Will U.S. Government use UAS to spy on individual citizens in the U.S. and abroad?
A. The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable search and seizure, and the courts have addressed the issue of inadmissible privacy invasion in cases of manned aircraft, which are relevant to UAS. While courts have ruled that aircraft may be used for legitimate surveillance in some cases, UAS do not present any new threat to the Constitutional rights of our citizens.
Q. In cases similar to the recent NSA spying, could UAS be subpoenaed or hacked by private users to allow for wide-blanket surveillance?
A. UAS are individually operated and not part of a networked system, so hacking them in such a manner would be of extremely limited value. UAS flights are of limited scope and duration, closely monitored and do not possess equipment to monitor communications. Lastly, UAS electronics systems are sophisticated and difficult to compromise.
Q. Are UAS similar to unmanned systems used on the ground and in the seas?
A. Yes, in the sense that we are already using unmanned ground systems and unmanned maritime systems (called autonomous underwater vehicles or unmanned surface vehicles) for a variety of military, government and commercial applications. Examples include counter-explosive robots used to counter the threat from improvised explosive devices and minisubs called remotely operated vehicles that helped cut off oil flowing from the BP Deepwater Horizon rig. Interestingly, these systems have generated far less public policy debate then unmanned aircraft systems, which also have been deployed for the same life-saving purposes, and often where the mission for manned vehicles may be too “dirty, dull or dangerous.”
Q. How should policy makers address the issue of spectrum allocation?
A. UAS communications, both for command and control and the transmission of data, require a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, already in short supply. Without sufficient spectrum, UAS signals may interfere with other forms of communication. While spectrum allocations for radio line-of-sight communications for UAS operations have been secured, work toward securing ample allocations for those requiring radio beyond-line-of-sight communications via satellite must continue. One option for spectrum allocations presented to the UN International Telecommunications Union by the U.S. government – with industry support – is the use of fixed satellite service, which is in abundance and can safely support the projected growth of the UAS market for years to come.
Q. Will UAS integration into the U.S. National Airspace System lead to interference with civil aviation?
A. As part of the transition to the NextGen air transportation system, the FAA and its partners are developing solutions that would integrate data from UAS ground control stations, share real-time flight data with Air Traffic Control systems, and establish two-way communications between UAS pilots and air traffic controllers. This work is ongoing. It is vital that Congress provide FAA with the necessary resources to achieve integration of commercial and civil unmanned systems into the National Airspace System by 2015. UAS integration requires a funded, timely, focused standards development and certification process. Some UAS must be type certified to facilitate NAS integration, which may take several years. A lack of long-term funding commitments and sequestration pose a threat to UAS integration.
Q. What is the relationship between UAS exports and the Missile Technology Control Regime?
A. As U.S. defense budgets decline, maintaining a strong U.S. aerospace industry will increasingly depend on an effective export strategy for technologies where the U.S. is a global leader. Our industry’s leadership is threatened by the application of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) to UAS exports, and other nations are taking advantage of those issues. While the 25-year-old MTCR has been an effective tool in limiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction delivery systems like missiles, but it has not evolved to account for the current and potential use of modern unmanned systems, particularly those models primarily designed for civil use. Changes to the MTCR will help ensure that American unmanned systems remain available to markets around the world. These changes must include:
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Being second to none does not happen by chance. It takes dedication, perseverance, a commitment to excellence and the brightest people in their fields working towards a singular goal. That is why one of the most vital jobs we have as an industry is to help ensure the safety of the civil and commercial aviation equipment that is manufactured to operate both inside and outside of U.S. regulatory airspace.
As an industry it is our duty to ensure that we are meeting and exceeding the best available standards and retaining the brightest people so that our industry may continue to help improve upon the strong record of safety that exists in aviation. Looking at the standards our industry has set over the last several decades it is no wonder that aviation is now safer than it has ever been due to the scrutinizing processes new products must endure throughout the research, development, testing and roll-out processes and extending to ongoing maintenance and inspection of aircraft.
Additionally, while working with regulatory agencies, AIA has ensured that new rules and policies set for our industry maintain the integrity of these standards for safety excellence.
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AIA was one of the original partners in the CAST-Safety initiative founded in 1998. The original mission of this partnership was to reduce the commercial aviation fatality rate in the United States over the next decade. To learn more visit: www.cast-safety.org
Since the early 1900’s simple unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have been in operation conducting very basic missions. Nearly a century later unmanned systems have evolved into extremely sophisticated tools and include more than just aircraft. These unmanned systems enable people to operate in all theaters of human environments – in the air, on land and at sea – where it is simply too dangerous for people.
Today, UAS are defined as an aircraft and its associated elements operated with no human operator on board, and capable of flight by means of remote control or autonomous programming. While most systems have a remote human operator behind the controls, only the most advanced UAS can operate with some autonomy but administrators still serve as a “human-on-the-loop” always ready to intervene. Regardless of control mechanisms UAS are required to abide by airspace restrictions, operator licensing rules and regulations and similar safety and privacy standards as their manned counterpart.
Some of the current applications for UAS include search and rescue, weather forecasting, law enforcement, border patrol, firefighting, disaster response, precision farming, commercial fisheries, scientific research, aerial photography, mail delivery, communications relay, infrastructure monitoring and emergency management. With countless benefits it is not surprising that society is waiting to fully utilize these systems.
As with any emerging technology, public opinion often begins in the imagination and with the proliferation of UAS it is not surprising that these systems sometimes get less that aptly labeled as “drones” (See also our drone myths guide) which does not do a good job of fully explaining these systems. Despite some bad nomenclature, a recently published joint poll from AIA and the Christian Science Monitor illustrates that there is a high level of awareness and support for increased use of UAS.
The full poll results are available below along with other reports detailing additional aspects of UAS including their economic potential, societal benefits, current and potential applications, policy and regulatory challenges and more.
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association offers its congratulations to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx after being unanimously confirmed today by the United States Senate to succeed outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood.
“Secretary Foxx brings substantial credentials and valuable local government experience to Washington as he assumes this important position at a critical time,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Sequestration and long-term financial constraints are substantial challenges to a U. S. aviation system that leads the world in technological innovation and aircraft manufacturing. As our economy recovers, we cannot be saddled with a decades-old air traffic control system. And as we face emerging global competitors, the FAA’s certification procedures must not hold back U. S. manufacturers in introducing new products to the world marketplace.”
Blakey added that these challenges are surmountable, and the aerospace industry looks forward to working with the new secretary. “We are eager to assist Secretary Foxx as he takes over the helm at DOT and puts together a transportation plan that balances today’s needs with tomorrow’s necessary investments. His experience overseeing the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will provide invaluable insights into the importance of our aviation system and the complexities of providing nationwide air traffic control services every day of the year, rain or shine.”
Blakey also offered praise for outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood. “Secretary LaHood has done an excellent job in challenging times. He has always considered the views of manufacturers in the aviation sector that provides so many jobs in this country, and so much to a positive U. S. trade balance. His 30 year tenure of government service, and the deep experience that goes with it, will be missed.”
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association offers its congratulations to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker after being confirmed Tuesday by the United States Senate. Among other responsibilities, Secretary Pritzker will be tasked with implementing the administration’s National Export Initiative, as a key to winning the future and preserving high quality, high paying jobs.
“Secretary Pritzker brings decades of experience as a business executive to this important position,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Her business acumen will be a great asset to both the Obama Administration and to industry as we work together on advancing U.S. exports and trade, and on other issues.”
International opportunities are more important than ever to U.S. aerospace companies across every sector of the industry in the current economic environment. AIA has worked closely with the Department of Commerce on issues such as maintaining vital weather satellite coverage continuity in both the polar and geostationary orbits, as well as ensuring America’s aerospace technology, like NextGen, enjoys a global presence and promoting export control reform. The aerospace and defense industry boasts the largest positive contribution to the U.S. trade balance of any manufacturing sector at $65.7 billion in 2012.
Arlington, Va. — Mary Jane Mitchell, an executive with more than thirty years of acquisition experience with the Department of Defense, including a number of senior positions within the U.S. Air Force, has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as assistant vice president of Acquisition Policy. She will report to Christian Marrone, vice president of National Security and Acquisition Policy, and will be responsible for managing AIA’s work and advocacy on acquisition and procurement policy.
“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Mary Jane’s outstanding qualifications join our new National Security and Acquisition Policy team,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “During a time of increasing pressure on investment accounts, the extensive acquisition experience she brings to the table will be of great value to our members.”
Mitchell’s background includes assignments within the Secretary of the Air Force’s organization as the Deputy Director, Program Integration Division and the Chief, Congressional Budget and Media Affairs, as well as the Electronic Systems Center’s Deputy Director for Plans and Programs and, most recently, Chief Financial Officer of a major program office.
The recipient of a number of awards and honors for her government service, Mitchell has also been awarded the Air Force’s Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. She holds a B.A. from Boston College, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval War College and several senior management and professional certificates of study.
Raytheon-sponsored team from Georgetown, Texas, wins first place in student rocketry challenge at the International Paris Air Show
PARIS — Three students from the Georgetown, Texas, 4-H rocketry club took home gold medals after placing first in the sixth annual International Rocketry Challenge at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. The U.S. team, sponsored by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), reclaimed the title from the French team, which placed second. The U.K. team finished third. Each team was congratulated by the President of France, François Hollande.
The U.S. student rocketry team, sponsored by Raytheon Company, captured first place in the 2013 International Rocketry Challenge at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. The winning three-member team -- the 4-H rocketry club from Georgetown, Texas -- is: (l) Daniel Kelton,16; Matthew Janecka, 17; and brother Mark Janecka, 13. Second place went to the French team, and the U.K. team finished third.
To experience a sense of the day’s excitement at the International Rocketry Challenge, view onboard launch video from an exhibition rocket at: http://www.youtube.com/user/raytheoncompany.
The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of three separate competitions held annually around the globe – the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), UKAYRoC and the French Rocketry Challenge. Each contest brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build and launch model rockets in hopes of inspiring young minds to become engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“Although the title must go to one team, they are all winners,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “The innovation demonstrated by these students is a terrific indication that the future of our industry is in good hands and that the benefits of global collaboration are limitless.”
Competing teams built and launched rockets with a goal of reaching an altitude of exactly 750 feet during a 48- to 50-second flight window. The payload, a horizontally-placed raw egg, had to return to the ground by parachute – undamaged. The lowest score wins.
The three-member team representing the United States is from Georgetown, Texas, and consists of brothers Mark and Matthew Janecka and teammate Daniel Kelton. Georgetown 4-H posted a flight score of 47. The Leonard de Vinci school team from France placed second with a score of 76.81 for the flight, and the Royal Liberty school team from the United Kingdom placed third with a flight score of 105.67.
Contributing to each team’s final score, the students were also required to give an eight-minute presentation on their rocket design to a panel of international judges. Paralleling the outcome of the flights, the U.S. team placed first in the presentation segment, the team from France placed second and the U.K. team placed third.
This is the eighth year that Raytheon has supported the U.S. team’s trip to the international air show. The program is part of the company’s broad-based MathMovesU® initiative to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
“Raytheon is proud to continue its support of this exciting competition, which is inspiring a new generation to pursue rewarding careers in STEM,” said Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson. “Working together to design, build and launch their own rockets provides these young students with the opportunity to collaborate and solve problems creatively as a team. We believe these ‘learn by doing’ experiences not only stimulate enthusiasm for STEM, but also help to build the skills needed to bolster innovation in the global arena.”
The United States is expected to add as many as 1.3 million jobs in STEM-related fields over the next five years. Matthew Janecka and Daniel Kelton plan on filling at least two of those positions, as both boys want to pursue degrees in aeronautical and aerospace engineering after graduation.
The contest was organized and sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association of America; ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space association; and Groupement des Industries Francaises Aeronautiques et Spatiales, the French aerospace industries association.
Paris — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) released new poll data at the Paris Air Show today, showing worldwide public perception of civil and commercial uses for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is unmistakably positive. The findings also indicate public opinion that governments should resolve challenges such as perceived privacy issues and UAS airspace regulations in order to increase non-military use. The Christian Science Monitor conducted the poll among its on-line readers.
“This poll demonstrates significant support for civilian UAS applications among the populace, both in America and internationally,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “The U.S. aerospace industry is now escalating its role in supporting government actions that will provide extensive new benefits from UAS.”
The poll findings include the following:
UAS are currently in use in a wide variety of applications worldwide, from monitoring flooding in the Czech Republic to wildlife conservation efforts in South Africa. One area where the United States could see significant benefit is in fighting wildfires – such as the historically damaging fires burning in Colorado this week – because UAS can fly in conditions where human pilots would be unable to see because of the conditions.
Safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system is a top priority for industry. “Unmanned aircraft are a natural complement to air traffic control developments like NextGen and SESAR,” said Aurora Flight Sciences Chairman and CEO John S. Langford. “The technology under development will actually make the skies safer for everyone.”
“UAS are the future of the aerospace and defense industry, but we need some serious changes in how we license these systems for export in order to compete for that business,” said Frank W. Pace, President, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. “This poll shows public support for a broad range of applications; if we aren’t allowed to build and export these products, we’ll lose jobs and high-tech capabilities in our workforce.”
Research indicates the worldwide market for UAS over the next decade would exceed $89 billion and create more than 100,000 jobs.
A summary of the poll results can be found here: www.aia-aerospace.org/assets/FINAL_Christian_Sc._Monitor_Poll_Powerpoint.pdf
Paris — The leadership of the Aerospace Industries Association joined with Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and representatives from the U.S. government and state delegations at the Paris Air Show today to discuss issues ranging from the impacts of sequestration budget cuts to the potential societal and economic benefits of unmanned aircraft systems and the value of trade to the aerospace and defense industry.
“The aerospace industry is a key driver of economic growth and good, high paying jobs,” said Gov. Fallin. “Technologies developed by aerospace companies are doing everything from enhancing our national defense to improving warning systems for tornadoes.”
“The partnership between government, particularly leadership at the state level, and industry is an invaluable resource,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Today’s meeting brought stakeholders together to deal with issues that we all care about.”
The Paris Air Show provides an opportunity for Governors, Industry, State officials and representatives from U.S. government agencies like the Export-Import Bank to meet with each other and with foreign customers and partners to discuss areas of mutual interest and benefit that have a direct impact in the states. Representatives from several AIA Executive Committee member companies joined Blakey, Governor Fallin and officials from Georgia and Virginia for this dialogue.
It became clear during the dialogue that sequestration budget cuts are starting to chip away at economic gains as local companies are forced to restrain investment and hiring. Unmanned aircraft systems are also being recognized as invaluable tools to benefit society once safely and appropriately integrated into commercial air space. In addition, resources like the U.S. Export Import Bank are increasingly providing critical support for successful international business activity for small and medium sized companies. .
“It is important for state and local governments to support the industry and to ensure the public and private sectors enjoy a strong partnership,” Fallin said. “My thanks go out to AIA for hosting today's aerospace dialogue and bringing together a wide variety of industry leaders and government officials.”
Gov. Fallin is currently the vice chair of the National Governor Association and sits on the executive committee. She understands the value of a strong partnership between government and industry and AIA looks forward to working with her on a variety of important issues.
AIA presented its 2012 Worker Safety Excellence Awards to Hi-Shear Technology, Textron and Honeywell Aerospace at the spring Board of Governors meeting held in Williamsburg, VA on May 23.
Awarded on an annual basis for the past eight years, AIA’s Worker Safety Excellence Awards recognize companies that are leading our industry in their commitment to safe and healthy working environments.
“Safety truly is job number one in our industry,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “I’m delighted to honor these three exemplary companies in their continued effort and commitment to keeping their workers safe and healthy.”
Honeywell Aerospace took top honors this year, winning three awards. Honeywell repeated last year’s first placements in both the Excellence in Aircraft Engine Manufacturing and Excellence in Space and Missiles categories, and added a first place in the Excellence in Guidance and Communications Manufacturing category.
After a very close second in 2012, Textron clenched first place in this year’s Excellence in Aircraft Manufacturing category. The award for Most Improved Worker Safety Benchmarking and Excellence Program was given to Hi-Shear Technology.
Accepting awards on behalf of their companies were Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly and Honeywell Aerospace President and CEO Tim Mahoney.
AIA source: ashley.gudzak[at]aia-aerospace.org
In 2010, AIA joined forces with the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) to develop and endorse the Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defence Industry (Global Principles). The combined group became known as the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC). The IFBEC’s goal is to make significant progress towards increased transparency and accountability, a commitment to business ethical conduct, and sustainable competitiveness throughout the global aerospace and defense sectors.
At its third annual conference last year, the IFBEC unveiled its first major initiative, the Public Accountability Report. Based on responses to a questionnaire, the report details each company’s demographics, policies and due diligence processes, training, implementation and best practices. The IFBEC Steering Committee also established new membership criteria, requiring the submission of a public accountability questionnaire by any prospective member company.
IFBEC is also considering the development of model procedures for third party due diligence and monitoring. These procedures will support smaller international supply chain companies that lack the resources larger companies have to develop comprehensive ethics compliance infrastructures. Also under consideration is the development of a model supplier code of conduct for business transactions.
The IFBEC’s total membership stands at 25 companies, counting both large manufacturers and members of the supply chain. Earlier this year the IFBEC welcomed its first member outside of the AIA and ASD community, Israel-based Elbit Systems, Ltd. (Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems is an AIA member.) Their approval for membership demonstrates the IFBEC’s readiness to expand its scope beyond North America and Europe. The IFBEC encourages any aerospace and defense companies with sound ethics and compliance programs and a willingness to commit to the global principles to apply for membership. By joining this growing initiative, companies can help fellow industry members develop mutual standards and best practices that facilitate ethical business conduct throughout the international market. Interested parties are invited to attend IFBEC’s fourth annual conference in Washington D.C., October 15-16.
AIA source: doug.farren[at]aia-aerospace.org
Clip from AIA’s 30-second ad trailer for space exploration. The video is currently playing in more than 50 cities in the United States ahead of Star Trek Into Darkness
After the end of the Space Shuttle program, AIA began to notice a troubling trend in the news media regarding space programs. There seemed to be a growing misconception that the U.S. human spaceflight program had ended. This realization was especially as high-profile space programs are known for their ability to inspire young students to pursue careers in STEM.
To help counter this misconception, AIA organized a first-ever crowdfunding campaign to place an ad trailer for space exploration in movie theaters during the premier of Star Trek Into Darkness. Crowdfunding is a form of internet fundraising in which members of the public can make financial donations to support product development efforts or advocacy campaigns they are passionate about. AIA was excited to use this innovative technique because the platform offered the public a direct mechanism to take ownership of the U.S. space program.
AIA originally intended to raise enough funds to place an ad for space exploration in four major cities – New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago. The response from the public far exceeded expectations however, allowing AIA to place the ad in more than 50 cities across the country.
Through crowdfunding, AIA raised more than $52,000 from more than 1,700 donors. The crowdfund website received more than 100,000 page views, and when the ad trailer was placed online, the video received 30,000 views in just one weekend. NASA offered its support as well by tweeting the ad trailer and posting it on their Facebook account, exposing the campaign to a combined following of more than six million people. Additionally, more than 70 news outlets including local TV news stations, newspapers, blogs and trade presses covered our campaign.
It was heartening to see so many individuals offer financial support to reassure young students and the American public that our future in space is bright. Looking forward, AIA will continue to lead similar advocacy efforts to ensure our space program and its supporting industry remain second to none. To view the ad trailer, as well as find a theater playing it near you – visit www.supportexploration.com.
AIA source: daniel.hendrickson[at]aia-aerospace.org
AIA’s annual Spring Board of Governors meeting brought AIA members together with Administration representatives and key shapers of national opinion May 22-23 in Williamsburg, VA. The two-day meeting featured extensive discussion of how the current budget environment impacts our industry. The meeting also helped define how AIA will structure our operations and strategic goals going forward.
Panel members Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, LT. GEN Emerson Gardner, USMC (ret.), Tom Donnelly and Robert Work discuss the industry’s evolving role in U.S. national security.
The meeting presentations kicked off with an expert panel discussion on the implications for national security of ongoing budget cuts. Moderated by Dr. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the panel featured LT. GEN Emerson Gardner, USMC (ret.) from the Potomac Research Group, Tom Donnelly from the American Enterprise Institute and Robert Work, Former Under Secretary of the Navy and CEO of the Center for New American Security..The speakers were unanimous in expressing deep concern about the strategic direction of the United States and its ability to execute any strategy under the constraints of sequestration-imposed budget cuts. They also addressed the need to avoid continuing resolution funding bills that undermine industry’s ability to make responsible strategic human capital and resource decisions. Further, they agreed on the need for a sustained and predictable capital investment plan that would mitigate traditional boom and bust cycles in defense spending.
In a video call to the meeting, Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Ash Carter reiterated DOD’s commitment to work with industry partners to sustain critical industrial base capabilities, including the health of the supply chain. And he affirmed the Administration’s commitment to supporting the growth of defense export markets. Carter also said he is eager to work with industry to address key near term cost and regulation concerns, particularly those involving audits.
In sessions with other Administration representatives, FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta gave an upbeat presentation about the ongoing process of integrating UAS into the national airspace system and about FAA’s progress in deploying new Next Generation Air Transportation System technology.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta briefs AIA’s membership on his agency’s current priorities
Representing NASA, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver spoke about the space agency’s plans to continue human space exploration in the next decades. She said NASA is making significant progress toward enabling human exploration beyond low Earth orbit by pursuing the capabilities based approach directed by Congress in the 2010 NASA Authorization Act. At private luncheons, Mr. Huerta took the opportunity to address the Civil Aviation Leadership Council while Ms. Garver spoke with the Space Council, each discussing administration-specific topics of interest.
Tim Nichols (Siemens), Marion C. Blakey (AIA), Lori Garver (NASA) and Frank Slazer (AIA) pose with a model of the Mars Curiosity Rover, on display courtesy of Siemens
AIA Chairman Wes Bush moderates a session on civil exports featuring panelists Dennis Muilenberg, Robert Stevens, Ellen Tauscher and Wanda Felton
AIA Chairman and Northrop Grumman President and CEO Wes Bush led a panel session on civil aerospace and defense exports. Panel members included AIA Executive Committee members Dennis Muilenburg from The Boeing Company and Robert Stevens, Executive Chairman of Lockheed Martin Corporation, along with Wanda Felton, First Vice President and First Vice Chairman of the U.S.-Export-Import Bank of the United States and Ellen Tauscher, Senior Public policy Advisor at Baker Donelson and former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. The panelists focused on how continued export reform, support for the activities of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and greater partnership between the U.S. government and industry can positively impact export growth.
Bob Woodward of the Washington Post gives insight into the current state of the industry
Bringing the meeting to a close, attendees were treated to presentations by celebrated journalists Bob Woodward (Washington Post) and Brit Hume (Fox News). Stories that both shared from their extensive careers in media provided a wonderful insight into the world of journalism and the ever-changing political landscape in D.C.
Please mark your calendars for AIA’s Fall Board of Governors and Membership Meeting which will take place in Scottsdale, Az. from November 19-21.
AIA source: ashley.gudzak[at]aia-aerospace.org
Government representatives from around the world met in March at the United Nations to finalize a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – a treaty that seeks to establish common international standards for the import, export and retransfer of conventional arms. On June 3, countries began to formally sign the treaty. The U.S. government announced it will sign the treaty “as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily.” U.S. Senate ratification of the treaty remains unlikely for the foreseeable future. This is due in part to concerns expressed by Second Amendment advocates about treaty language related to hand guns and small arms.
Since ATT negotiations began in 2009 AIA has closely monitored the development of this treaty. We support the treaty’s fundamental aim of promoting global stability as well as transparent and universal application of standards for international arms trade. AIA has also made clear our position that the ATT should be carefully developed to avoid unintended consequences for legitimate international defense trade. We’ve emphasized in communications with government officials that no treaty should interfere with the Administration’s ongoing Export Control Reform initiative.
AIA has teamed with the National Association of Manufactures and the National Defense Industrial Association to write the State Department with industry’s views about specific aspects of the treaty language and asking for clarifications as necessary. The letter commented on provisions regarding record keeping, brokering and information sharing found in the ATT. To obtain a copy of the joint letter please contact PJ Hart, pj.hart[at]aia-aerospace.org.
AIA source: pj.hart[at]aia-aerospace.org
The release of DOD’s “DD 1414, Base for Reprogramming” report on Tuesday marks a watershed in ongoing debate over the detrimental effects of sequestration budget cuts. For the first time, details from the program down to the project and activity level on how the $37 billion sequester affects the fiscal year 2013 enacted appropriations are available.
With respect to the investment accounts, research and development and procurement, the cuts are substantial. For the procurement account, $98 billion was slashed by about $9.5 billion or 9.6 percent. For the research and development account, $69.4 billion was cut approximately $6 billion or 8.6 percent. The impacts of these cuts will be felt broadly across the economy, triggering layoffs and lost investment in industrial plant, training and research and development.
Considering average annual inflation growth, the investment accounts would actually have to grow 3 percent annually just to maintain parity. Hence, sequestration puts the investment accounts in an immediate hole. Even if sequestration doesn’t impact budgets in fiscal year 2014, the ongoing FY 2013 cuts have imposed a shortfall on our investment accounts that will be compounded in future years. Even fully funded annual budget requests in the current Future Years’ Defense Plan (FYDP) would not make up the difference. In today’s scenario, we are able to rob Peter to pay Paul. In next year’s scenario, inflation occurs, Peter is robbed again and the cycle only gets worse.
Industry’s primary concern is the disruption of a stable and predictable percentage of the total budget allocated to the investment accounts. These accounts provide the foundation for an industrial base that can recruit and retain a skilled work force, initiate the new projects required to maintain a design and build capability and ensure a stable and flexible supply chain, all of which contribute to America’s technical superiority and market competitiveness.
Our industrial base is threatened by two huge waves. The first wave is what we know today, the $37 billion dollar sequester which falls heaviest against investment accounts. The second wave – something we can expect to be much worse – strikes if current law holds and the fiscal year 2014 budget is hit by an even larger sequestration amount of $55 billion. Congress and President Obama must work together in the current budget cycle to overturn this destructive policy and find a responsible, balanced and bipartisan path to address our long-term debt and deficit issues without crippling the very investments we need to promote growth in our economy and ensure our national security remains second to none.
AIA source: micah.edmond[at]aia-aerospace.org
Taking the first step in a campaign to raise awareness about the beneficial capabilities of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), AIA released a new report, Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Perceptions and Potential, at the May Board of Governors meeting in Williamsburg, VA. From border security and law enforcement, to firefighting, search and rescue and precision farming, UAS capabilities have vast potential to benefit our society and boost the national economy.
The report attempts to properly define unmanned systems as well as demystify the negative image UAS applications have received in some press outlets. As with any emerging technology, public opinion regarding these systems often stems from the initial perception laid out by the media. Unfortunately, this practice can affect the general public’s ability to grasp the non-military benefits of a platform that has traditionally been used for national defense.
The report also addresses the societal benefits presented by domestic UAS use and the policy priorities that must be addressed in order to keep the United States in its leading position in global UAS technology. It is estimated that UAS spending will almost double over the next ten years, from $6.6 billion to $11.4 billion on an annual basis, and the segment is expected to generate $89 billion in the same span of time.
AIA is planning several initiatives in the months ahead to inform the public and our elected representatives of the opportunities afforded by unmanned systems as well as the policy-related obstacles that must be overcome for their wide-spread use. Expect word on a public event about the UAS report along with the release of new poll data exploring public attitudes about various UAS uses in the near future. In addition, we are planning for the fall a policy summit focusing on UAS societal benefits and policy solutions that will speed the integration and use of these systems.
Keep an eye out for further announcements from AIA on this new policy push. To read our report, please visit the reports and white papers page on the AIA website at: http://www.aia-aerospace.org/economics/reports_white_papers/.
AIA source: dan.stohr[at]aia-aerospace.org
The House and Senate have begun considering fiscal year 2014 budget proposals for several agencies.
On April 16, a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing focused on the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization request for DOD science and technology programs. The subcommittee heard testimony from Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology Mary Miller.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Miller spoke to the importance of developing cutting-edge technologies and touted the critical role military science and technology programs play. “Our goal is to move from existing systems and concepts of operations toward a warfighting capability to counter predicted threats in an increasingly complex and uncertain environment,” said Miller. She added, “The U.S. Army depends on its S&T Enterprise to research, develop and demonstrate high pay-off technology solutions for hard problems faced by soldiers in ever-changing, complex environments against an increasingly diverse set of threats.”
On April 24, The House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Space received testimony on NASA’s budget request from Administrator Charles Bolden. Bolden said the agency’s request of $17.7 billion “will ensure the United States continues to lead the world in space exploration, technology, innovation and scientific discovery.” NASA’s request represents a decrease of $55 million from fiscal year 2012.
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Chairman of the Space Subcommittee, expressed concerns about the budget request, stating that “NASA has neglected Congressional funding priorities and been distracted by new and questionable missions that detract from our ultimate deep space exploration goals. These distractions also take up precious lines in the budget at a time when NASA can least afford it.”
A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on April 23 examined the Army's budget request for fiscal year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses included Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno. The senators and witnesses discussed the impact of federal budget cuts on the Army’s readiness and Gen. Odierno cautioned that the Army will be forced to eliminate a minimum of 100,000 troops if sequestration is not reversed.
AIA Source: rich.efford[at]aia-aerospace.org