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Technical Operations & Workforce Division

The Technical Operations and Workforce Division develops industry consensus positions through the Technical Operations Council (TOC) and the Workforce Policy Council (WPC) for the betterment of the aerospace and defense industry.


The Technical Operations Council is responsible for addressing policies related to technical program management, industrial base, operations, quality assurance and engineering that impact the A & D industry within the scope of research, engineering, development, test, manufacturing, quality, material management, product support, information transfer, and safety aspects of producing aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles. The TOC operates through its committees to ensure AIAs Strategic directives are being fulfilled and resources are used effectively. The TOC engages with government peers to be current on relevant policy and advocate on behalf of industry. In addition, the TOC promotes the development, growth and adoption of industry standards and standardization practices through AIA’s National Aerospace Standards program.

For more information, please contact Rusty Rentsch:

2017 Goals

* Advocate for technology investment and government funding that support shared pre-competitive research and support innovation, technical capabilities, and a robust workforce throughout the supply chain

* Support legislation and acquisition policy that protect intellectual property while fostering architecture standards that promote innovation opportunities for all stakeholders

* Work with our customers to support digital transformation of the ecosystem through model-based development practices and standards



2017 Product Support and Tech Data Workshop

May 1 – 4 2017

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The Workforce Policy Council produces data, analytical tools and reports as needed to advocate effectively to retain a current critical workforce; and works in collaboration with other stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels to inspire, prepare and attract a competitive future workforce that is innovative, agile and diverse. This council focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education; analytics; and learning and development issues and programs. This council collaborates with a variety of stakeholders (industry, academia, philanthropy, and government) to inspire, educate, train, improve access to and retain a qualified aerospace and defense workforce.

For more information, please contact Robin Thurman:

2017 Goals

* Collaborate with stakeholders to inspire, educate, train, develop, improve access to and retain a diverse and qualified A&D workforce (TARC and STEM efforts)

* Leveraging the AIA voice to advocate for a healthy regulatory and legislative environment to the benefit of the aerospace and defense workforce


State STEM Forums
Aviation Week & Space Technology Workforce Initiative




A highly skilled and robust aerospace workforce is essential to our national security and economic prosperity. Yet today the industry faces impending retirements and a shortage of trained technical graduates, which is a situation that is forecasted to worsen within…

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National Aerospace & Defense Workforce Summit

September 7 – 9 2016

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Minnesota STEM Call to Action Forum

October 6 – 7 2016

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Oklahoma State STEM Summit

November 1 2016

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The National Aerospace Standards (NAS) are voluntary standards developed by the aerospace industry. Subject matter experts from AIA member companies participate in committees and working groups to develop and maintain the NAS library, which currently contains over 1400 documents.  For more information, click here.

Read our Executive Report article “National Aerospace Standards: AIA’s Foundational Support for Industry” here.

For more information, please contact Chris Carnahan:

2017 Goals

* Be the standards developer of choice for aerospace and defense specific standards required by AIA members.

* Provide guidance for AIA policy divisions to execute strategies for development and adoption of AIA recommended standards by industry and government as a preferred approach to regulation.

* Promote visibility and coordination of AIA standards activities and positive working relationships and partnerships with key standards stakeholders, government agencies, regulatory bodies, and other standards organizations to promote common standards and prevent duplication of effort.

* Drive continuous improvement in the efficiency, effectiveness, and coherence of the AIA standards system.


225th National Aerospace Standards Committee Meeting

September 12 - 14 2017

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Aerospace Industries Association announces the departure of David F. Melcher, President and CEO

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Perkins Legislation Critical to Ensuring a Robust A&D Workforce

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587) overwhelmingly passed…

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Missouri Students Win National Championship in World’s Largest Rocket Contest

Festus High School Rocketry Club out launch nation’s top teams, will represent U.S. at International…

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AIA Welcomes Senate Introduction of the Regulatory Accountability Act

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher on introduction of S. 951, the…

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A Census that Matters: Aerospace and Defense Workforce Study Launched

American citizens depend upon the highly skilled and dedicated men and women who make up…

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Student Rocketeers Soar into Finals of World’s Largest Rocket Contest in D.C.

TARC Announces Top 100 Teams Competing for National Championship Arlington, V.A. – This May, students…

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Best In Class – FOD Prevention Guidance: NAS 412

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2017 Facts & Figures


Today, America’s Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry is a thriving sector that embodies the best of…

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AIA/UMD Product Support Integrator Workshop

The Aerospace Industries Association’s Product Support Committee has long advocated for expanding the use of performance-based…

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AIA's Executive Report - Winter 2016

Read the Winter 2016 edition of AIA's Executive Report here. In this issue: Dennis Muilenburg…

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Technical Operations Committees


Workforce Policy Working Groups



Rusty Rentsch

Vice President, Technical Operations & Workforce

Christopher Carnahan

Director, Standardization

Gery Mras

Director, Lifecycle Management

Robin Thurman

Director, Workforce Policy

Beverly Kalamba

Manager, National Aerospace Standards

John Park

Standards Engineer

Ambrie Jones

Administrative Assistant, National Security Policy, Technical Operations & Workforce