Industry Issues Archive

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.

AIA Conflict Minerals Education Update

Apr. 24, 2014

This document serves to inform AIA members and their supply chains about the first round of pending Conflict Minerals Specialized Disclosure filings to the SEC. With the…

2014 Executive Report First Quarter

Apr. 18, 2014

AIA Encouraged by Meeting Among SASC Members on Sequestration

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the meeting of Senate Armed Services Committee members to discuss solutions to sequestration budget cuts.

Aero Caucus Hosts DARPA Director & Industry Displays

On April 1, 2014, Aerospace Caucus co-chairs, Senators Patty Murray and Saxby Chambliss, hosted an event on the importance of defense research and development (R&D) on innovation. The event featured Dr. Arati Prabhakar the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who spoke to the innovations that have entered the commercial marketplace because of defense R&D investments.

Defense Research & Development: From the Warfighter to American Consumers, Redefining Everyday Lives Through Innovation

Mar. 31, 2014

Federal investments in science and technology research and development are threatened by the current budget environment. The Aerospace Industries Association is embarking on an education effort to inform policymakers, elected…

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.

AIA’s Betsy Schmid Receives Navy Award

Betsy Schmid, AIA’s new Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, has received the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Presented by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a March 19, 2014 ceremony, the award is the highest honor given to those outside of naval service.

The 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge

The Team America Rocketry Challenge is hosted anually by AIA and poses a different challenge every year. In 2014 the scoring criteria make this contest the most difficult one of the competition’s 12-year history. Check out the infographic that explains this year’s competition and flight of the rocket!

U.S. Competitiveness Hearing

U.S. Senate Commerce, Science And Transportation Committee, Aviation Subcommittee Hearing

WRITTEN REMARKS BY:
Dennis Muilenburg, Vice Chairman, President and COO, The Boeing Company
March 13, 2014