The International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) held its fourth annual conference on October 15th and 16th in Alexandria, Virginia. Over 80 ethics and compliance professionals from the aerospace and defense industry, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations heard a diverse set of panels cover such topics as best practices, ethics in the global marketplace, and the impact of corruption on the aerospace and defense market. Among the topics discussed was the need for comprehensive training and communication, with examples provided by Raytheon’s high quality training videos and Lockheed Martin’s mobile training “Go-Kits,” and the value of developing industry initiatives to mitigate risk in global supply chains and in offset contracts.
With nearly 300 individuals in attendance, AIA’s Fall Board of Governors (BOG) and Membership Meeting was the largest in history. The star-studded program featured actor, columnist and Presidential speechwriter, Ben Stein; Seal Team Six Leader, Robert O’Neill; Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology &Logistics Alan Estevez; and Commander of the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command General Paul J. Selva.
Recently, NASA and the space industry took time to celebrate a significant milestone in national space capability – the establishment of commercial cargo services to the International Space Station (ISS). Under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, two US space companies have successfully completed demonstrations of cargo delivery service to the ISS.
With support from AIA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on November 7 unveiled a long-awaited milestone for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into our national airspace. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta invited AIA to represent industry as his agency released its integration roadmap which addresses current and future policies, regulations, technologies and procedures required to integrate unmanned aircraft on a routine basis.
On Tuesday, November 13, the Aerospace Industries Association held its third "Faces of the Industrial Base" outreach event on Capitol Hill. The day featured meetings with Congressional staffers and members of Congress at which leading defense suppliers warned how budget austerity is adversely impacting their ability to participate in the supply chain and attract a new generation of skilled workers. The suppliers in attendance included GSE Dynamics, UEC Electronics, Harry Krantz Company, TW Metals, Pro-Fab Inc., Innoventor, Patriot Machine, Zero Point Frontiers Corporation, NATEL, Microsemi, and McCann Aerospace Machining Corp.