The promise of the International Space Station

In my role as president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, I’m sometimes asked this question: “Now that the space shuttle is retired, whatever happened to our human spaceflight program?” My response: “It’s alive and well in the form of the International Space Station.”

Let’s get real about drones

The Virginia General Assembly may have unwittingly done us a favor by attempting to pass a two-year moratorium on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, as they are more commonly known. Perhaps it will prompt a more reasoned debate about how we can make this breakthrough technology — a multi-billion-dollar market — serve the needs of society without compromising safety and privacy.

Congressional action, not grandstanding, needed to avert fiscal cliff

Feb. 07, 2013

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For over a year the Aerospace Industries Association has warned that cuts to defense and other important federal programs will take a huge toll, not only on national security and our “seed corn” investments in technology, but to our economy right now. It’s time to end the political gamesmanship and put the national interest first.

We already have a clear warning of what’s to come. In just the last month, Washington…

Saving the defense industrial base

Jan. 07, 2013

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If 9/11 brought to an abrupt end Francis Fukuyama's "End of History" thesis that the spread of liberal democracies and free market capitalism might lead to an era of peace, recent events have provided the United States an even more ominous warning that we must be prepared to address current and emerging long-term threats to our military superiority.

Certainly, countering Iran's ambition to become a nuclear power and its ongoing efforts…

Strangling small business innovation

Nov. 09, 2012

Employers across the country are increasingly concerned about the massive cuts to defense and other programs set to occur this coming January. By now, the dire consequences seem fairly well understood: an estimated 2.14 million American jobs will be lost and $215 billion slashed from U.S. GDP in 2013, dragging us back into another recession. And most costly of all — experts say that the indiscriminate cuts to our armed forces will undermine readiness and expose our troops to new dangers during time of war.

This should be reason enough to compel our elected officials to…