Defense Acquisition Reform: Moving Toward an Efficient Acquisition System

This report identifies the key elements of the DOD's Efficiencies Initiative that are both doable and necessary. This report also identifies reforms to the system not included in the Efficiencies Initiative that we believe are necessary to ensure the ultimate beneficiary — the warfighter — has the tools needed…

The Case for a Defense Industrial Strategy

The defense industrial base is a national strategic asset that has provided the United States with a marked advantage in defense technology for more than six decades. But that asset — the intellectual capital and production capacity of aerospace and defense manufacturing — is at risk of atrophying to…

Defense Investment: Finding the Right Balance

Prepared by AIA’s National Security Council, this paper looks at historical spending in the investment accounts and the ebb and flow of spending since the 1970s. It concludes that our nation and its military members pay a large price when we decrease spending on procurement and R&D. We hope…

Counterfeit Parts: Increasing Awareness and Developing Countermeasures

Counterfeiting has a long and ignoble history, ranging from art and literature to manufactured goods. Unlike other industries, counterfeiting in the aerospace industry may have life or death consequences. We take the problem seriously. Thus, all stakeholders from industry and government must work together to effectively reduce the introduction…

Building and Maintaining Value in the National Security Space Industrial Base

Building and Maintaining Value in the National Security Space Industrial Base

Space systems are increasingly providing an unprecedented level of critical national security capability to the U.S. and our warfighters. Yet these systems are often highly complex and not without substantial cost to the taxpayer. In light of growing pressure on federal government budgets it will be important to ensure…

Acquisition Policy Changes: Impacts on Contract Profitability

Acquisition Policy Changes: Impacts on Contract Profitability

Federal acquisition policy expressly recognizes the importance of the contractor’s ability to earn reasonable returns on business with the Government. Recent acquisition trends and policies, however, have attacked the profit and fee portions of contractor’s prices, either through the elimination of fee on certain cost elements or by negotiation strategies impacting…

What is Best for the Warfighter and Taxpayer

What is Best for the Warfighter and Taxpayer

The Product Support Executive Board is producing a series of briefs assessing the impact of in-sourcing policies enacted by the Department of Defense (DOD). The first in this series examines best practices for producing the most benefit for the warfighter and taxpayer.

Tipping Point: Maintaining the Health of the National Security Space Industrial Base

Tipping Point: Maintaining the Health of the National Security Space Industrial Base

National security space systems provide missile warning and defense; global communications; environmental monitoring; global positioning, navigation and timing; launch capability, and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance. They are the bedrock of our 21st century military capabilities and part of our economy’s critical infrastructure. Yet in light of an increasingly contested,…

Civil Aviation Growth in the 21st Century

Civil Aviation Growth in the 21st Century

Civil aviation has always played a vital role in the health of the world’s economy and the well-being of its inhabitants. It facilitates commerce and connects families, friends and cultures across borders and oceans the way no other mode of travel can. Civil aviation is also vital to global…

Disruptive Information Technologies

Disruptive Information Technologies

This report is an initial statement of the likely impact of these technologies and the business, technical, cultural, operational and security implications for our industry. The key characteristics of each technology are described in the following sections along with the claimed benefits, risks and mitigations. Each section provides recommendations…