Acquisition Reform

AIA plays a preeminent role in representing the aerospace and defense industry in all facets of the Department of Defense’s acquisition process. During this time of declining defense budgets, it is imperative that industry actively engage with Congress, the Pentagon, and the White House to streamline processes and reduce unnecessary costs to ensure that the defense industrial base remains viable and vibrant.

While many activities are underway, AIA is seeking our members input into a very important request from the Chair and Ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Congressman Thornberry seeking improvements to…

Aviation Safety

Being second to none does not happen by chance. It takes dedication, perseverance, a commitment to excellence and the brightest people in their fields working towards a singular goal. That is why one of the most vital jobs we have as an industry is to help ensure the safety of the civil and commercial aviation equipment that is manufactured to operate both inside and outside of U.S. regulatory airspace.

As an industry it is our duty to ensure that we are meeting and exceeding the best available standards and retaining the brightest people so that our industry may…

Cyber Security

Environment

Over the last few decades, perhaps no industry has done more to improve its environmental performance than the aerospace and defense industry. Today’s aircraft and engines are much more efficient than those flying just 20 or 30 years ago, dramatically decreasing fuel burned and harmful emissions. New aircraft models now under development promise to make even bigger gains in efficiency, cutting the industry’s carbon output even further.

But we are not resting on our laurels. The international aviation industry is making an extraordinary investment in taking environmental performance to the next level with advances like alternative fuels and…

Ex-Im Bank

The contributions the Export Import Bank of the United States (also known as Ex-Im Bank) makes to the U.S. economy are indispensable.  America’s commercial aerospace industry and other major industries rely heavily on the Ex-Im Bank to fill gaps in private export financing at no cost to the taxpayer.  The Bank supports $50 billion per year in U.S. manufacturing exports, returns billions of dollars to the U.S. Treasury through service fees and helps guarantee 250,000 private sector jobs.

To help offset the risks of foreign financing, the Ex-Im Bank provides businesses with the liquidity and confidence to accept…

Export Control Modernization

Export control modernization is a solid pillar of AIA’s strategy to build defense sales. To have modern export control regime in place it is necessary that items slated to be brought to the Commerce Control List are completed and that actions to be taken to address technologies unnecessarily remaining on the U.S. Munitions list. AIA is working with the government to identify defense trade priority partners and programs in line with our national security strategy to ensure synchronization between the views of industry and government in technology trends and developments to enhance advocacy for defense exports.
On January…

Federal Budgets

The U.S. Government is responsible for developing an annual budget and appropriating funds for critical programs and activities that include some of our most basic constitutional principles such as to "provide for the common defense [of the United States]." At AIA we follow this process closely as it relates to the interests of our members and the aerospace and defense industry at-large. Of critical importance in every annual spending bill of the federal government, is that funding be maintained to ensure the future of our nation's national security, aviation infrastructure and safety and space programs.

Industrial Base

The aerospace and defense industry's industrial base is a complex and diverse network of prime contractors, large companies and a huge network of suppliers who build the systems that support U.S. national security priorities. The network is made up of many small to mid-sized companies which maintain both military and commercial products. The industrial base's workforce delivers products to make our military the most advanced, skilled, effective and best equipped in the world.

To show how our industrial base is competing to provide the best products at the lowest cost while also dealing with changing political and fiscal…

National Security Space

For more than five decades, our national security space assets have grown tremendously more capable and essential to our nation’s armed forces and national security decision makers. They have been invaluable for they have provided our military with a uniquely asymmetric advantage. Unfortunately, the space sector – as the Pentagon noted in the 2011 National Security Space Strategy - is increasingly becoming “congested, competitive and contested.” As a consequence, current American space capabilities will be increasingly difficult to sustain in the face of declining defense budgets.

AIA is proud that our space industry has helped to assure that…

NextGen

Today’s air routes follow radio beacons installed in the very spots where bonfires burned that directed Lindbergh-era pilots in the 1930s. Change is way overdue.

NextGen is a national transportation infrastructure priority. The Transportation Department and the White House are looking at ways to accelerate NextGen implementation by up to eight years. This will only be possible with robust federal funding support — not just for FAA programs and infrastructure, but also for avionics equipment in the aircraft that will transport passengers and cargo around the United States and the world.

For less than the cost of…

Sequestration

Mandatory, indiscriminant sequestration budget cuts threaten to undermine national security, harm vital government programs and services and damage the economy. Over a nine year period, sequestration will cut defense by roughly $500 billion and non-defense discretionary programs by roughly the same amount. Among these programs are FAA’s operation of the national air transportation systems, NASA’s space exploration activities and NOAA’s weather satellite program.

These automatic, across-the-board, spending cuts of $1 trillion from discretionary spending are required under the Budget Control Act of 2011 due to the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to agree on…

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Since the early 1900’s simple unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have been in operation conducting very basic missions. Nearly a century later unmanned systems have evolved into extremely sophisticated tools and include more than just aircraft. These unmanned systems enable people to operate in all theaters of human environments – in the air, on land and at sea – where it is simply too dangerous for people.

Today, UAS are defined as an aircraft and its associated elements operated with no human operator on board, and capable of flight by means of remote control or autonomous programming.  While most…

Workforce

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 the decade. Some companies address this issue by outsourcing work around the globe. In aerospace and defense, however, security requirements dictate that most design work on military systems must be done by U.S. citizens. Thus the need for U.S. developed technical talent is particularly acute to ensure a world-class aerospace workforce ready to lead in a global economy.