Last November, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) case 2011-D039 was published as a rule for safeguarding unclassified technical information. This rule amends the original DFARS by adding requirements for the safeguarding of unclassified information within contractor information systems. The purpose of this DFARS rule is to ensure contractors and their suppliers are implementing adequate security measures and safeguards for DOD unclassified technical information on a contractor’s information systems.
The European environmental directives for Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), which includes restrictions on the use of lead in electronics, has affected the global supply chain for materials used in aerospace products. The result of this market shift is important for AIA member companies, forcing a transition away from tin-lead (SnPb) alloys used in the assembly and coating for high performance electronics.
AIA’s new Workforce Policy Council (WPC) is forming working groups to address each of the council’s five focal issues. Companies represented on the WPC and any other interested AIA members are encouraged to name subject matter experts.
There is good news for the civil space program in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget adopted by Congress. Within H.R. 3547, a joint House and Senate omnibus bill, NASA, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service and the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Flight were funded close to or at the President’s budget request.
Throughout AIA’s Second to None campaign, one of our most effective communications tools has been the use of social media, including twitter, Facebook, Linkedin among other platforms. Last year, for example, we made great use of our twitter feed @AIAspeaks to promote our “We are the Explorers” movie trailer for the film “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Also, for the past 100 days, AIA has tweeted success stories from NASA and the space industry as examples of important progress the space program has achieved. And just in the past week, AIA has jumped on board a tweeting firestorm that resulted from Slate.com’s publication of Charles Seife’s polemical attack on NASA, “What is NASA For?” joining a growing cascade of commentary about NASA’s and the space industry’s achievements filed under the hashtag #WhatIsNASAFor.