AIA Concerned by House Appropriations Allocations

May. 13, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association is deeply concerned that actions by the House Appropriations Committee this week could result in cuts to NASA’s Space Launch System and FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System.

“The House Appropriations Committee’s proposed top-line numbers for fiscal year 2012 for areas of the budget that cover NASA and FAA are substantially reduced from last year,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “If cuts are made to critical federal investment programs at these agencies, our leadership in space and safety in our airspace could be endangered.”

Marion C. Blakey, statement entitled “Impact of Political Donation Disclosures”

joint hearing of the House Small Business and Oversight and Government Reform Committees

AIA Opposes Draft Executive Order on Political Donations

May. 12, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association expressed deep concern about the effect that a draft Executive Order on political donations would have on the government contracting process if implemented.

“As written, the Executive Order introduces the possibility that donations to a political party or candidate will be a considered when contract proposals are evaluated,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey in testimony at a joint hearing of the House Small Business and Oversight and Government Reform Committees today. “Political contributions should never be considered by any procurement officer when making a contract award decision.”

AIA: Strengthening Safeguards Against Counterfeit Parts

May. 09, 2011

Counterfeiting has been around for nearly as long as humans have traded things of value. An Aztec manuscript from the mid-16th century, for instance, cites warnings against making false cacao beans, which were used as currency. Counterfeiters made wax replicas and refilled hollow beans with sand.

Today counterfeiting affects manufacturers as well as treasuries, and is a particular concern in aerospace and defense.

Each year aerospace products safely transport billions of passengers and billions of dollars worth of cargo. They reliably perform national security missions, protecting citizens at home and troops…

Wes Bush, “Changing Global Security Environment: Challenges for the Defense Industry”

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, Northrop Grumman Chief Executive Officer and President Wes Bush addressed the Institute for International Strategic Studies in London. Below are his remarks.