The aerospace and defense industry has both contributed key innovations used for the development of 3-D printing, smart phones and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and is now using them in a variety of applications. The pace and scope of aerospace and defense activity in all three areas is truly exciting.
Policy making on spectrum allocation is heating up with both Congress and the Executive Branch proposing significant changes for military and civil aerospace use of the electromagnetic spectrum. To address the growing demand for broadband wireless services, federal agencies and industry stakeholders including AIA are working concurrently through the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee to determine the feasibility of sharing between federal users and commercial wireless operators in the 1755-1850 megahertz (MHz) spectrum band. In addition to these existing efforts, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to repurpose several federal bands, including the 1695-1710 and 1755-1780 MHz bands.
As we approach National Aerospace Week (September 16-21) it is worth reminding the public during that week, and every week, about the many contributions the aerospace and defense industry makes to saving and improving people’s lives through advancements in science and technology.
Three years ago, Congress designated the third week of September as National Aerospace Week in recognition of the enormous contribution the aerospace and defense industry makes to America’s economy, competitiveness and national security. Since its inception, National Aerospace Week has served as a rallying point for interested groups throughout the nation to demonstrate their support for the industry with events and activities.
AIA is mounting an advocacy initiative in support of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im). With Ex-Im’s legislative authorization set to expire a year from September, our industry’s voice will be vital in highlighting how Ex-Im helps increase U.S. exports and maintain a strong national security industrial base.
As a longstanding champion for sensible export control reform, AIA is pleased that the Departments of State and Commerce are proposing regulatory language outlining which satellite technology will transition from the U.S. Munitions List to the more flexible Commerce Control List (CCL).
As NASA continues to make steady developmental progress on its priority programs in human spaceflight and space science, the House and Senate have each begun marking up their own authorization bills to guide the agency’s direction for the next three fiscal years.
Under the provisions of the new Workforce charter approved by AIA’s Executive Committee, a Workforce Policy Council is being formed to address all issues related to the current and future aerospace workforce as a critical element of the national security industrial base and economy.
Up until this year, the city of Georgetown has been known as the “Red Poppy Capital” of Texas. Now it can proudly boast of being home of the world’s greatest student rocketeers! This spring, the Georgetown 4-H team, comprised of brothers Matthew and Mark Janecka and Daniel Kelton, were victorious in both the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), held in The Plains, Virginia and the International Rocketry Challenge, held in conjunction with the Paris Air Show.
The Virginia Economic Development Program (VEDP) is launching a “Going Global Defense Initiative” for companies with a presence in the Old Dominion State. The initiative is aimed at mitigating the negative effects of sequestration on Virginia’s defense-related companies and encouraging expansion into international markets.