AIA Congratulates Panetta on Confirmation

Jun. 21, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association congratulates CIA Director Leon Panetta on his confirmation as Defense Secretary.

“Director Panetta’s demonstrated leadership, extensive experience in government and knowledge of the budgeting process make him an excellent choice to take on the difficult national security challenges facing our nation,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “We look forward to sitting down to discuss shared priorities.”

Achieving acquisition efficiencies, bolstering our defense industrial base, continuing export control modernization and making sure that the budget is adequate to ensure essential capabilities are just a few of the issues that…

AIA, ASD Member Companies Formally Launch International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct

Jun. 13, 2011

Members of the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) and the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) have created a new Task Force to administer the ongoing activities of the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC).

“In this time of global economic volatility, it is even more important for our industry to uphold and promote the highest standards of integrity and ethical business conduct,” said Alice Eldridge, chairman of the IFBEC Task Force and vice president of Ethics and Business Conduct at Lockheed Martin Corporation. “IFBEC will help us to share…

AIA Continues Record Growth

Jun. 10, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association extended its record growth with the enrollment of eight new full members and nine associate members at its May Board of Governors meeting. Full membership has increased almost 50 percent since January 2010 to 147 companies.

AIA approved the following new full members at its Board of Governors meeting in May:

AlliedBarton Security Services provides trained and qualified personnel who provide specific services to reduce the vulnerability of its aerospace and defense clients.

Gentex Corporation specializes in technologies and processes to deliver high quality…

Marion C. Blakey,  “Aerospace Industrial Base Insight” speech

Marion C. Blakey
President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association
The AIAA Executive Symposium
June 2, 2011
Williamsburg, Va.

A call to Obama: Keep politics out of contracting

May. 31, 2011

Jaws dropped in the contracting world when a draft presidential order came to light in May that would require companies bidding for federal contracts to disclose more information about their employee’s political contributions. While we've heard outcries from industry and others on the potential harm of such an order, a summary of how this would impact the procurement process — I believe — is warranted.

In testimony before a joint congressional hearing May 12, an administration official asserted that the intention of the draft executive order is to promote greater…