Continuing Quest for Quieter Aircraft

Continuing Quest for Quieter Aircraft

Modern day jet aircraft are more fuel efficient and quieter than ever before.  In the past 40 years jet aircraft have not only gained 70 percent greater fuel efficiency but are also about 90 percent quieter than their predecessors.  In the meantime, air traffic continues to increase – predicted…

2013 Year-End Review and Forecast

2013 Year-End Review and Forecast

The U.S. aerospace and defense industry is facing some of its greatest challenges in decades. While weathering numerous trials during 2013, our industry produced relatively flat results compared with 2012. An overall slight decrease in sales is forecast, reaching $220.1 billion for 2013 – down from $222 billion last…

Sustaining the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Commercial Items - Equipping Our Service Members with the Best

Commercial Items - Equipping Our Service Members with the Best

Using commercial items provides the Department of Defense (DOD) with distinct military advantages – access to a wide array of technologies and products developed through industry investment, generally at a lower cost and with a quicker turn-around time than through traditional acquisition programs.  Commercial purchases allow for faster insertion…

Sequester, Defense Budgets and the Industrial Base

Sequester, Defense Budgets and the Industrial Base

Mandatory budget cuts will dramatically and disproportionately reduce the Defense Department’s modernization accounts, which will damage the industrial base more severely than is commonly believed. The reasons for this that are enumerated in the paper include: The effects of sequester in 2013 were mitigated; Modernization funding, though roughly one-third…

NextGen: Proven Technology. Endangered Potential

NextGen: Proven Technology. Endangered Potential

Budget cuts are undermining the United States' ability to fully implement the Next Generation Air Transportation System known as NextGen. This delayed implementation is slowing air travel efficiencies, compounding safety concerns and contributing to unnecessary environmental noise and air pollution. With U.S. air travel expected to grow by 19…

State of the Defense Budget

State of the Defense Budget

Implementation of the Budget Control Act of 2011 is having severe adverse impacts on the defense budget. In real dollar terms, DOD investment spending (Procurement and R&D) in fiscal year 2013 is 24 percent less than it was in fiscal year 2011, the year before the Budget Control Act.…

Disruptive Information Technologies: Leveraging the benefits, avoiding the pitfalls

Disruptive Information Technologies: Leveraging the benefits, avoiding the pitfalls

This republished special report states the likely impact of specific high powered colaborative technologies on business, technical, cultural, operational and security for our industry. The key characteristics of each technology are described in the report along with the benefits, risks and mitigations. Each section provides recommendations to help companies…

Radio Frequency Identification: Business scenarios that can benefit from the application of RFID

Radio Frequency Identification: Business scenarios that can benefit from the application of RFID

The AIA eBusiness Steering Group commissioned this report to identify the business scenarios where RFID could be effectively deployed in the aerospace and defense industry, based on growing industry experience of RFID in real applications. The report identifies some key successful applications in pilot and production environments, the lessons…

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Perceptions and Potential

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Perceptions and Potential

This report attempts both to define unmanned aircraft systems properly and to demystify their applications. It also explores
the societal benefits presented by their domestic use, and the policy priorities that must be addressed in order to keep the United States in its leading position in global UAS…