AIA Opposes Draft Executive Order on Political Donations

May. 12, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association expressed deep concern about the effect that a draft Executive Order on political donations would have on the government contracting process if implemented.

“As written, the Executive Order introduces the possibility that donations to a political party or candidate will be a considered when contract proposals are evaluated,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey in testimony at a joint hearing of the House Small Business and Oversight and Government Reform Committees today. “Political contributions should never be considered by any procurement officer when making a contract award decision.”

AIA: Strengthening Safeguards Against Counterfeit Parts

May. 09, 2011

Counterfeiting has been around for nearly as long as humans have traded things of value. An Aztec manuscript from the mid-16th century, for instance, cites warnings against making false cacao beans, which were used as currency. Counterfeiters made wax replicas and refilled hollow beans with sand.

Today counterfeiting affects manufacturers as well as treasuries, and is a particular concern in aerospace and defense.

Each year aerospace products safely transport billions of passengers and billions of dollars worth of cargo. They reliably perform national security missions, protecting citizens at home and troops…

Wes Bush, “Changing Global Security Environment: Challenges for the Defense Industry”

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, Northrop Grumman Chief Executive Officer and President Wes Bush addressed the Institute for International Strategic Studies in London. Below are his remarks.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide, AIA to Produce New Aerospace Industry Publication

Apr. 29, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide have agreed to jointly produce a new publication for the aviation and aerospace industry.

Aerospace Industry Report 2011 will be published in May 2011 and will provide an extensive business and market review of the U.S. aerospace industry, as well as the global economy. A major reference resource for the industry, the book will contain analysis and statistics on key sectors of the industry and insights on emerging issues such as rare earth minerals…

AIA Congratulates Panetta on Nomination

Apr. 28, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association offers its congratulations to CIA Director Leon E. Panetta on his nomination by President Obama to succeed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

“Director Panetta has a long and distinguished career as a public servant,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “He brings far-reaching expertise and insight to the position at a time when ongoing conflicts and budget pressures require a particularly strong leader at the department’s helm.”

Industry is looking forward to meeting soon the new secretary. “From continuing the efficiency initiative and strengthening the aerospace and defense industrial…