Industry Issues Archive

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…

May/June eUpdate 2014

TARC Students Rocketing to New Heights Through STEM Education

Author: Miles Lifson and Ashley Gudzak

After six months of rocketry design, simulated flights and test launches, hundreds of middle and high school students from across the country traveled to the nation’s capital in May for the championship round of the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

The New American Space Age: A Progress Report on Human Spaceflight

Author: Dan Hendrickson

To help counter the media-fed misperception that NASA’s human spaceflight program ended with the retirement of the Space Shuttles, and to help provide a clear understanding of recent program progress, AIA recently published The New American Space Age: A Progress Report on Human Spaceflight.

AIA Presents Space Cost Reduction Paper

Author: Dan Hendrickson

AIA  hosted in March a panel discussion and open forum with industry and government representatives on AIA’s new space report, Easing the Burden—Reducing the Cost of National Security Space Capabilities.

Workforce Panel Discussion at SMC Meeting

Author: Susan Lavrakas

Still less than a year old, AIA's Workforce Policy Council has proved to be an aggressive advocate for educating other association members on workforce and STEM-related issues.

AIA Promotes Industry at Singapore and Farnborough Air Shows

Author: Doug Farren

This February, AIA and its member companies participated in the 2014 Singapore Air Show. This year's event -the largest air show in Asia- was held at the Changhi Exhibition Centre. The United States' aircraft corral supported by AIA displayed a P-8 Poseidon, an MV-22B Osprey, a C-17 Globemaster, a KC-130J Hercules, and a KC-135R Stratotanker. The C-17, MV-22B, and an F-16C participated in the flying displays.

Williamsburg – 2014 Spring Board of Governors Meeting

Author: Keith Mordoff

AIA’s Spring Board of Governors and Membership Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia attracted executives from 88 of the association’s full member companies. The extensive program featured an excellent lineup of senior administration and industry officials and seasoned commentators and experts, including:    Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation; Robert O. Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L); author and political pundit  Charlie Cook; Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, International Air Transport Association; Fred Hochberg, Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the United States; and author, professor Jonah Berger.

Media Attacks on General Aviation, Helicopters, and UAS Require Setting the Record Straight

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

We recognize that many subjects related to our industry can be very complex. Accordingly, for reporters covering aerospace and defense, it often pays to take the time to provide them with detailed and useful information about their focus of interest. At AIA, we are committed to working closely with journalists to give them the background they need to get their stories right. Our communications department fields dozens of calls every day from reporters and either responds directly to information requests, sets up interviews with myself and/or our policy experts, or if appropriate, have them reach out to member companies.