President Obama has set the ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015. The U.S. aerospace and defense industry, which last year had impressive net exports of $99 billion, is more than up to this challenge. I believe with the government’s assistance and through the hard work of our member companies we will help get the U.S. over this goal line.
Taking the first step in a campaign to raise awareness about the beneficial capabilities of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), AIA released a new report, Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Perceptions and Potential, at the May Board of Governors meeting in Williamsburg, VA. From border security and law enforcement, to firefighting, search and rescue and precision farming, UAS capabilities have vast potential to benefit our society and boost the national economy.
President Obama submitted his budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2014 on April 10. Like the budgets passed this spring by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the president’s proposed budget doesn’t directly address sequestration. Rather, his budget and those being dealt with in both houses of Congress will provide the basis for FY 2014 budget negotiations later this year.
The release of DOD’s “DD 1414, Base for Reprogramming” report on Tuesday marks a watershed in ongoing debate over the detrimental effects of sequestration budget cuts. For the first time, details from the program down to the project and activity level on how the $37 billion sequester affects the fiscal year 2013 enacted appropriations are available.
Government representatives from around the world met in March at the United Nations to finalize a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – a treaty that seeks to establish common international standards for the import, export and retransfer of conventional arms. On June 3, countries began to formally sign the treaty. The U.S. government announced it will sign the treaty “as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily.” U.S. Senate ratification of the treaty remains unlikely for the foreseeable future. This is due in part to concerns expressed by Second Amendment advocates about treaty language related to hand guns and small arms.
AIA’s annual Spring Board of Governors meeting brought AIA members together with Administration representatives and key shapers of national opinion May 22-23 in Williamsburg, VA. The two-day meeting featured extensive discussion of how the current budget environment impacts our industry. The meeting also helped define how AIA will structure our operations and strategic goals going forward.
You can't afford to miss the most informative and collaborative meeting in aerospace and defense - the Aerospace Industries Association's Summer Supplier Management Council Meeting. This year’s meeting, hosted by Alcoa Defense, will be held July 16-18 at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside in Independence, OH. Should you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Garnett Black, Director, Corporate Events at garnett.black[at]aia-aerospace.org or (703) 358-1095.
After the end of the Space Shuttle program, AIA began to notice a troubling trend in the news media regarding space programs. There seemed to be a growing misconception that the U.S. human spaceflight program had ended. This realization was especially as high-profile space programs are known for their ability to inspire young students to pursue careers in STEM.
In 2010, AIA joined forces with the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) to develop and endorse the Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defence Industry (Global Principles). The combined group became known as the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC). The IFBEC’s goal is to make significant progress towards increased transparency and accountability, a commitment to business ethical conduct, and sustainable competitiveness throughout the global aerospace and defense sectors.