AIA Encouraged by FAA Extension

Aug. 05, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association is encouraged by passage of a FAA reauthorization extension today.

“We’re relieved Congress has extended FAA’s operations,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “This will allow critical work to continue while Congress debates full reauthorization.”

The expiration of the previous extension resulted in furloughs to 4,000 FAA employees, stop work orders to approximately 70,000 construction workers and lost revenues exceeding $380 million.

“We’re very glad that Congress has decided to put Americans back to work,” Blakey said. “We urge them to take…

Debt Deal Super Committee Must Have National Security Expertise

Aug. 02, 2011

President Obama and Congress deserve praise for reaching a deal to avert disaster today. However, we are concerned by the requirement for additional defense cuts negotiated by a proposed bipartisan “super-committee” of 12 members of Congress.

Additional deep cuts to defense would leave the military unable to invest in the technology that has always provided U.S. troops a superior battlefield advantage. It would most likely preclude the modernization of equipment worn out by a decade of war. And it would weaken the defense industrial base that is responsible for thousands of high paying jobs…

AIA Congratulates Carter on Nomination

Aug. 02, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association congratulates Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Ashton B. Carter on his nomination as Deputy Defense Secretary.

“Dr. Carter’s demonstrated leadership and extensive experience in government make him an excellent choice to serve as Deputy to Defense Secretary Panetta,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “We’d also like to offer our sincere thanks and best wishes to Deputy Secretary Lynn as he takes on new challenges.”

Dr. Carter has been central to the administration’s efforts to achieve acquisition efficiencies and bolster the defense…

Debt Deal Trigger Dangles “Sword of Damocles” over Defense

Aug. 01, 2011

We commend Congress and President Obama for reaching a deal to extend the debt limit and avoiding a disastrous default. But the deal also dangles a Sword of Damocles over our national security later this year when further cuts would be triggered unless another compromise is reached. The cuts to defense proposed in the ‘trigger’ deal are so draconian that it’s hard to believe they are even on the table.

In the initial round of proposed reductions, cutting an estimated $350 billion more from the defense budget forces Pentagon leadership to make extremely tough…

FAA Shutdown Widely Impacts Economy

Jul. 28, 2011

The ongoing FAA shutdown is having a broad and deep negative impact on aviation and our economy. As a result of Congress’ failure to pass an authorization extension, the FAA has been forced to issue stop work orders on contracts reportedly worth more than $7 billion.

Reports from AIA member companies reflect contract employee layoffs as well as disruptions to second- and third-tier suppliers, often small businesses. It’s also unclear whether the FAA will be able to make significant payments to contractors in the next couple of weeks. Most small businesses lack the flexibility…