AIA: Consolidation is Market-Driven and Enhances Efficiency

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

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

AIA Congratulates Ashton Carter on Confirmation

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association offers its congratulations to Dr. Ashton “Ash” Carter on being confirmed by the United States Senate to succeed Defense Secretary Charles “Chuck” Hagel.

AIA Proposes Defense Acquisition Reforms in Letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committees

Author: Keith Mordoff

AIA has issued a strong response to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee’s leadership request for industry ideas to reform defense acquisition and procurement policies. AIA’s inputs, linked here, provide specific and actionable ideas for improving the defense acquisition system to better meet the needs of the war-fighter and the taxpayer.

What defense acquisition reform looks like

Author: Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO, AIA

Defense acquisition reform won’t happen overnight; it will require several months if not a year or more of down in the weeds work.

Acquisition Rebalancing: Recommendations for Smart, Efficient & Effective Defense Procurement

Jul. 10, 2014

The Department of Defense (DOD) must change how it acquires weapon systems and services. There is growing recognition from DOD leadership, Congress and the defense industry that it is time to…

Defense Acquisition Resources to Understand Acquisition Reform

Jun. 05, 2014
AIA has complied a number of letters that address the federal defense acquisition process and ways in which reforms can be made to ensure the best value…

Letter From HASC/SASC to AIA

Jun. 05, 2014

This letter from the House and Senate Armed Services oversight committees informed AIA that the Congress is looking into ways to improve the defense acquisition system. Specifically:

Public Comments Sought on Acquisition Reform

The Federal government’s acquisition regulations have grown into a demanding and complicated regime costing the nation millions of dollars just for compliance.

Building a better defense acquisition system

Author: Marion C. Blakey

During this age of austerity, the need for change to the status quo is clear. Dollars spent on burdensome compliance requirements that provide little value are funds not spent on sustaining America’s technological superiority, or preserving the readiness of our military.

Restoring Balance in the Defense Acquisition System

Mar. 11, 2014

Over the past quarter century, more than 300 commissions and studies have produced a variety of recommendations – some of which have become law – to change…