DOD’s war on profit

Apr. 19, 2011

“Doing more without more.” That's the slogan for the Defense Department's efficiency initiative, which seeks to save $100 billion over five years. More than just a snappy catchphrase, this bears a promise to the taxpayer that reforms will save the government money — even if at the expense of industry.

The contractor community supports Secretary Gates’ initiative to reduce the number of requirements and procedures that are either duplicative or provide little added value. However, the initiative bears the potential to have a far wider impact — and may be a double-edged sword.

AIA Disappointed in Budget Agreement

Apr. 15, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association is disappointed that the recent budget agreement cuts defense programs more deeply than the levels recommended by Defense Secretary Gates.

“The budget agreement slashes defense funding while our armed forces are currently engaged in military operations around the world,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Indiscriminate cuts inevitably will fall disproportionately on R&D and procurement, increasing the risk that the war fighter will not get the best equipment that America can provide.”

Secretary Gates has recommended a Defense Department appropriation of at least $540 billion…

World’s Largest Rocket Contest Advances Top 100 Finalists to Fly-Off in Washington, DC

Apr. 13, 2011

After nearly half a year of rocketry design, simulated flights and practice launches, 100 teams of middle and high school students from across the country are heading to the nation’s capital to compete for the title of Team America Rocketry Challenge national champion.

The Aerospace Industries Association released the names of the 100 qualifying teams that will compete in the final round of the ninth annual contest on May14. The finalists come from 34 states.

“We’re looking forward to an intense and exciting competition,” said AIA President and CEO…

Marion C. Blakey, remarks at the 27th National Space Symposium

Remarks by Marion C. Blakey
President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association
April 12, 2011

Industrial Base Mega Session
National Space Symposium

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Wes Bush, Chief Executive Officer and President, Northrop Grumman “Space – A New Way Forward”

On Tuesday, April 12, 2011, Northrop Grumman Chief Executive Officer and President Wes Bush addressed the 27th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Below are his remarks.