Arlington, Va. – The aerospace and defense industry had a strong year in 2015, achieving a number of its top priorities. Despite a lengthy delay, the Export-Import Bank of the United States was reauthorized for four years; significant relief from the budget caps imposed under the Budget Control Act of 2011 was achieved for 2016 and 2017 with passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015; and there are hopeful signs that a year-long omnibus with an extension of the R&D Tax Credit will pass shortly.
Message from AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher:
Throughout my career, I’ve been privileged to work in organizations with well-defined cultures such as the U.S. Army, Office of Management and Budget, ITT and Exelis. In all of these groups, I’ve seen people from all levels work hard to align the organization’s vision, mission and values with bold strategic goals that are executable and achievable. As noted academic James Q. Wilson wrote about such cultures, “People did not always have to be told what to do; they knew what to do, and what is more important,…
The Global Aerospace Summit is part of the Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher will be attending and participating in a panel.
Arlington, Va. — AIA welcomes last night’s passage of a five-year transportation bill – this is the first time in 17 years that the House and Senate have come together to produce a transportation bill of this length and duration and we congratulate them on that accomplishment. In particular, we are relieved and delighted that the bill served as a vehicle for a four-year reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The Ex-Im Bank is a valuable tool supporting exports in the aerospace industry – the leading export industry in the U.S. manufacturing sector with a trade surplus of nearly $62 billion. By reauthorizing the Bank, America is sending a clear signal that we are serious about competing in the global marketplace and will take the necessary steps to ensure American exporters have a level playing field.
Arlington, Va. — AIA calls on Congress to pass an omnibus appropriations bill in early December that would avoid the specter of a year-long continuing resolution. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 provides badly-needed funds and a measure of stability across all government agencies for the next two years. Congress should follow the dictates of the budget deal they negotiated less than two months ago and pass a full-year appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016.