Industry Issues Archive

Open Letter to Congress on the Need for Ex-Im Bank

Jul. 21, 2014

AIA's President and CEO, Marion C. Blakey, in a recent letter to both chambers of Congress, made a strong case for the reautorization of the Export-Import Bank…

U.S. team captures Silver in 2014 International Rocketry Challenge

LONDON – Five students from Creekview High School of Canton, Ga.,took home silver medals in the seventh annual International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough International Air Show.The U.S. team, sponsored by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), won second place, while the French team captured first and the U.K. team took third.

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.