Industry Issues Archive

AIA Congratulates Panetta on Confirmation

Jun. 21, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association congratulates CIA Director Leon Panetta on his confirmation as Defense Secretary.

“Director Panetta’s demonstrated leadership, extensive experience in government and knowledge of…

AIA, ASD Member Companies Formally Launch International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct

Jun. 13, 2011

Members of the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) and the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) have created a new Task Force to administer…

AIA Continues Record Growth

Jun. 10, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association extended its record growth with the enrollment of eight new full members and nine associate members at its May Board of Governors meeting.…

Marion C. Blakey,  “Aerospace Industrial Base Insight” speech

Marion C. Blakey
President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association
The AIAA Executive Symposium
June 2, 2011
Williamsburg, Va.

A call to Obama: Keep politics out of contracting

May. 31, 2011

Jaws dropped in the contracting world when a draft presidential order came to light in May that would require companies bidding for federal contracts to…

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In This Issue



Avoiding Past Mistakes

By Marion C. Blakey - The current budget battles and debt debates of an impassioned Congress have made clear that America's aerospace and defense industry faces one of its greatest challenges.


AIA on the Hill

New AIA Members
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton D. Carter spoke at a recent Senate Aerospace Luncheon where AIA released a report on defense investment (see Viewpoint in this issue). Senators Patty Murray and Saxby Chambliss addressed the crowd of nearly 100, discussing the contributions of aerospace and defense to our nation and economy. Dr. Carter reviewed the Defense Department's plans to be more efficient in the face of mounting budget pressures.


Top Stories

AIA Board of Governors Marks a Number of Records

Record attendance marked the AIA Board of Governors meeting May 25-26. More than 200 representatives from AIA companies converged in Williamsburg, Va., for two days of business meetings, speakers and panels, with lots of conviviality to boot. The meeting was also an occasion to mark the association's rapid growth in members, which has increased by 50 percent since January 2010.

Draft Executive Order Would Politicize Contracting

AIA was taken aback when a draft executive order came to light that would negatively impact all government contractors. Described by the administration as a tool to inject greater transparency and accountability into the contracting process, the draft order would require that companies bidding for government work "disclose certain political contributions and expenditures . . . made within the two years prior to submission of their offer."

Texas students take first place in Team America Rocketry Challenge Final Flyoff

New AIA Members
A team from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Tex., took first place at the ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge finals May 14, besting 99 teams from across the country to earn the title of national champion. The team will compete in an international fly-off at the Paris Air Show against teams from the UK and France. The trip is sponsored by Raytheon Company.

Slow but Steady Progress for Export Control Modernization

The Obama administration continues to make progress on multiple fronts on one of AIA's key priorities: reform of the export control system.

A Strengthened Supplier Management Council

The Board of Governors approved changes to the Supplier Management Council that will enable it to operate more like a council, provide more opportunities for members to get involved, create greater alignment with the larger association and enable it to play a more significant role in strengthening the industrial base and in executing our Federal Budget Education Campaign.

AIA CFO Council Meets for First Time

Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) Robert F. Hale led off AIA's first Chief Financial Officers Council meeting May 24. Held in conjunction with the AIA Board of Governors meeting in Williamsburg, Va., the CFO Council meeting featured a heavy roster of speakers and more than 20 industry participants.

Rare Earth Prices Keep Rising

High-strength magnets, computer hard drives, aerospace components, satellites and lasers have something in common – they contain rare earth elements. U.S. rare earth manufacturing began to decline between 1998 and 2005 with China now controlling 95 percent of the rare earth production.

Aerospace Industry Report
AIA Awards Dale Vinson the Leonard Ross Memorial Award

Dale Vinson, senior manager of technical publications at the Lockheed Martin Corporation, was awarded the Leonard Ross Memorial Award May 10 at the AIA Spring Product Support Committee for his longtime contributions to AIA. He has served as chair of the Product Support Committee, leading the Tech Pubs Subcommittee during AIA adoption of S1000D, and spearheaded the updating and maintenance of the Electronic Technical Manual Functionality Matrix.

AIA Welcomes New Members

Congratulations and a very warm welcome to our new Full and Associate Members! We are continuing to break all membership records at AIA and are maintaining historic retention rates. Full Membership has grown by 50 percent since January 2010, with the addition of 52 Full Members. We’ve also added 22 Associate Members this year. We greatly appreciate your membership and the work we are doing together to advance the aerospace and defense industry.

Is Sustainability a Social Myth or a Business Strategy?

Is sustainability a business strategy or a social myth? This provocative question framed the recent Environmental, Health and Safety Committee spring conference. Ed Fox, Chief Sustainability Officer, Arizona Public Service described his company’s job to successfully provide customers with affordable, reliable electricity produced from clean, diverse sources. Doing so requires engaging with stakeholders, building a talented workforce and acting for the long term.

Space Industrial Base Highlighted at Conferences

The association's report on the space industrial base, Tipping Point: Maintaining the Health of the National Security Space Industrial Base, was highlighted at two high-powered conferences recently.


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Senate Aerospace Caucus Introduction and Remarks Marion C. Blakey

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Senate Aerospace Caucus on Defense Investment Remarks, Senator Patty Murray

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Senate Aerospace Caucus on Defense Investment Remarks, Senator Saxby Chambliss

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Senate Aerospace Caucus Remarks, Ashton D. Carter, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition

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