AIA Commends Gang of Six on Bipartisan Effort

Jul. 19, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association commends the “Gang of Six” for their work towards a bipartisan deficit reduction deal.

“We applaud the efforts of the Gang of Six to move forward to reduce ongoing deficit spending,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “While there is a great deal of work to be done on the details of the plan and they must ensure that cuts are applied appropriately and not indiscriminately, they should be congratulated for their determination to work together to put our nation on a sound financial footing.”

President brought needed sobriety to defense debate

Jul. 19, 2011

President Obama did more Friday than effectively rule out trillion-dollar defense cuts (“Obama lays down new marker in Defense spending debate,” July 15). He also brought a needed dose of sobriety to the debate, reminding those calling to slash defense during wartime that any cuts must be “consistent with our defense needs and our security needs.”

For months, extreme figures on both the left and right have called for severe cuts that would undermine our dominance in the skies and gut our industrial base and research capabilities for decades.

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AIA Applauds Common Sense Export Control Reforms

Jul. 18, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes the administration’s proposed rule to relieve low-risk technology exports of burdensome and unnecessary restrictions.

“For years the U.S. export control system has created confusion and delay in exporting defense equipment to our allies and driven up compliance costs across the industrial base,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “These reforms are common sense ways of supporting our military partners and our export competitiveness.”

The rule proposes that after appropriate interagency review and consensus, technologies with low or no military or intelligence sensitivity will be…

AIA Calls for Sobriety in Defense Budget Talks Says it’s Time to “Put Cards on Table”

Jul. 15, 2011

Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, today responded to the president’s remarks on defense spending.

“For months, there have been calls from a number of quarters for severe cuts that would undermine our dominance in the skies, fail to recognize the dynamic and changing security realities that we face in an age of asymmetrical warfare and which would undermine our industrial base and research capabilities for decades.

“Instead of hiding behind abstract numbers pulled from thin air, it’s time for everyone to put their cards on the…

Our Nation’s Fiscal Crisis Must Be Addressed

Jul. 15, 2011

America’s business leaders have watched patiently as our political leaders have sought to negotiate a solution to the growing fiscal challenge facing our country. The business community understands the difficulties we are facing—from growing entitlement costs to outsized debt burdens—and we have made the hard choices within our own organizations to be fiscally responsible.

Our political leaders cannot afford to delay making these tough choices any longer and as a country we cannot afford to default on our obligations, which would only lead to higher prices for all Americans for gas, mortgages and groceries…