Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher on Defense Related Associations joining to urge Congress to pass a two-year budget deal.
Arlington, Va. — Today, in a spirit of cooperation, the heads of twelve Defense Related Associations joined to send a letter urging Congress to pass a two-year budget deal offsetting budget caps under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Such a deal would avoid the disruptions inherent in a full-year continuing resolution and provide adequate resources for our military to conduct today’s missions and prepare for the next crisis.
Joint Statement by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, Research!America and United for Medical Research urging Congress to raise budget caps restraining vital investments in national security and medical research.
Arlington, Va. — Today the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, Research!America and United for Medical Research joined to send Congress a letter urging all of America’s elected representatives in the House and Senate to work together to move forward with responsible funding of our national security and medical research priorities. The letter states “We must base spending priorities on current and future threats and opportunities, or American security, prosperity, and global leadership will be compromised. Among these priorities are preserving global stability, defending our homeland and fighting diseases that rob Americans of life, health, independence and time.”
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher on the passage of a discharge petition allowing Congress to hold a vote to reauthorize the Export Import Bank of the United States.
Arlington, Va. — We are delighted with today’s passage of a discharge petition on Rep. Fincher’s (R-Tenn.) bill reauthorizing the Export Import Bank of the United States. So far, American companies have lost three space payload orders, billions of dollars in American commercial airplane sales are at risk, and several companies are talking about moving operations overseas – all because ExIm Bank financing has not been available since July 1. Enough is enough – Congress must hold the vote and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher urging Congress to hold a vote to re-authorize the U.S. ExIm Bank.
Arlington, Va. — With the news today that a $1.1 billion order for Boeing jetliners by a South African airline is at risk of cancellation, and the recent announcements of three lost U.S. commercial satellite sales, it is clear that the failure of Congress to re-authorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank is causing the American aerospace industry to lose ground against its foreign competitors, and potentially thousands of workers to lose their jobs.
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.
Remarks for National Aerospace Week Wings of Liberty Award
Excerpts From Prepared Remarks David F. Melcher, President & CEO Aerospace Industries Association, and Marillyn Hewson, Vice Chairman, AIA Board of Governors and CEO, President & Chairman of the Board, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The world aviation sector is well on its way to meeting the planned fuel-efficiency targets set for 2020. Despite the Aviation Week Leading Edge column to the contrary (AW&ST Sept. 14-27, p. 19), ICCAIA, IATA, IBAC and GAMA agree that the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) fuel-efficiency goals are within reach and supported by the aviation industry’s strong record to date and commitments going forward.
Four industry groups wrote this collective statement on fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) is the global organization of aerospace industry associations. The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 250 member airlines account for 83% of the world’s air traffic. The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) represents and promotes business aviation industry. And the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is a group of 80 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, engines, avionics, components and related services.
AIA Director for Environmental Policy Leslie Riegle played an active role in drafting and editing the piece and coordinating among the four signatory organizations.
Appeared in the Sept. 14, 2015 edition of Defense News, on page 37. By John J. Hamre and David F. Melcher.
Shutting down Ex-Im would also threaten American national security interests. American aerospace and defense companies have relied on overseas markets, particularly commercial markets serviced by Ex-Im loans, to keep the defense industrial base healthy as U.S. defense spending has declined. Without Ex-Im, U.S. industrial production will decline, with fewer revenue and jobs throughout the aerospace and defense supply chain, leading to higher unit costs for the military systems our armed forces buy. The same dynamic occurred in the shipbuilding sector in the 1980s with devastating results that continue to be felt today.
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association presented Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) with its prestigious Wings of Liberty Award September 17. The Senators were recognized for their leadership of the Senate Aerospace Caucus, which enables Senate members and staff to engage with industry and government leaders on a number of subjects related to maintaining U.S. leadership in national security technology, civil aviation and space research and exploration. They were also honored for their individual contributions to the health of America’s aerospace and defense industry.