A good leading indicator of what national endeavors capture the public’s imagination can be found in the contents of news magazines’ year-in-review reports. Time Magazine’s publication documenting the events of 2012 features Neil Armstrong and NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover on the cover. At AIA, we have never doubted how America’s space programs are leading-edge investments in our nation’s future that better lives, grow the economy and inspire the American public and the world. And we continue to fight hard to protect these investments.
Defense industry executives stepped into the spotlight at the National Press Club December 3 to publicly discuss their views on the effects of the budget cuts and the threat of sequestration on national security. CEOs from Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pratt & Whitney, RTI International Metals Inc. and TASC addressed their concerns surrounding the quickly approaching fiscal cliff and shared their thoughts on acceptable alternatives to sequestration for solving the nation’s debt and deficit problem.
On December 18, House and Senate Armed Services Committee conferees filed a conference report on the fiscal year 2013 Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310). The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is now likely to be voted on by the full House and Senate on December 20, and then forwarded to the White House for the President’s signature. AIA’s priorities fared well in the final bill with several issues resolved in a manner that is positive for the aerospace and defense industry.
AIA’s 70th Annual Board of Governors and Membership fall meeting was among the most highly-attended meetings in AIA history, featuring timely sessions on where our country is headed following the presidential and congressional elections, and on the future of the aerospace and defense industry. Held November 13-16 at the Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego, the meeting brought together aerospace and defense leaders from around the country for substantive discussions and southern California hospitality at its best.
More than 350 industry and media representatives joined together in early December for AIA’s 48th Annual Year-End Events. At the traditional year-end luncheon Wednesday, December 5, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey addressed a packed ballroom in Washington’s Grand Hyatt Hotel with a policy-focused speech emphasizing the importance of stopping sequestration before the U.S. economy falls off the fiscal cliff. Blakey hit hard on the fact that we are now down to the wire and Congress must pass a bipartisan resolution to sequestration, saying “The time for clever metaphors has passed. The time for real work, real negotiation and a real solution is now.”
AIA was a proud sponsor of the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day this October in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by the American National Standards Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and provided an opportunity for standards developers to share information about their organizations with the standards and conformity assessment community. The theme of World Standards Day this year was “Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency.”