Out of Balance: Obama Cut Weapons Too Much, Personnel Not Enough

Mar. 14, 2012

The Obama administration has assured the American public that any cuts to defense spending would be part of a reasonably balanced package of reductions, would help reduce record budget deficits, and will be "reversible" if future contingencies require it.

Now that the Pentagon has released the president's fiscal year 2013 defense budget, the question is how well did it achieve those three goals? Despite the best efforts of the defense leadership to make sensible strategic trade-offs with significantly less resources, the final result does not match the rhetoric and the promises.


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Maryland and Virginia exported $1.6 billion in aerospace and defense products in 2010

Mar. 05, 2012

When President Barack Obama slid into the cockpit of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Seattle last month, thousands of aerospace workers felt immense pride at the national spotlight on the industry’s contributions to the nation’s bottom line.

And those contributions are substantial. According to the Aerospace Industries Association’s year-end statistics, the aerospace industry exported more than $85 billion last year. That powerful economic performance produced a positive trade balance of $55.8 billion – the largest of any American business sector. It’s the export of aircraft like the Dreamliner, as well as other cutting-edge U.S. aerospace…

350,000 Aerospace and Defense Workers’ Jobs at Stake

Feb. 14, 2012

Statement by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey

Arlington, Va. — The budget released by the administration today is not a shot over the bow of the American aerospace and defense worker – it’s a direct hit. As a result of the approximately $487 billion, ten-year cut to the defense budget alone, buying power to procure technologies that fuel U.S. military strength will be reduced in 2013 by approximately $20 billion.

The American warfighter and our national security are not the only victims of this first, drastic result of the…

Greenwalt Named Vice President of Acquisition Policy

Feb. 10, 2012

Arlington, Va. — William Greenwalt has joined AIA as Vice President of Acquisition Policy, bringing extensive procurement public policy experience in both the legislative and executive branches to the position.

“Bill has tremendous experience in both government and industry,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “At a time when our industry is facing a major transition, Bill will be instrumental in helping us navigate some tough challenges.”

Greenwalt was previously Deputy Director for the Surveys and Investigations staff of the House Appropriations Committee. The Surveys and Investigations staff provides…