At AIA we are committed to remaining up to date with changing business environments. To do this it is necessary from time to time to reevaluate the need for certain councils, committees and working groups. Recently AIA underwent such an evaluation and to respond to the needs of our members the National Security and Acquisition Policy divisions were combined to be more responsive to emerging trends.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher on the two-year budget deal passing in the House.
Arlington, Va. — AIA is relieved and thankful that the House has passed legislation lifting the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The deal provides an additional $50 billion for base defense spending over the next two years and substantial increases in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. These are significant increases providing badly-needed funds and some measure of stability to the Department of Defense for the next two years.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher on Defense Related Associations joining to urge Congress to pass a two-year budget deal.
Arlington, Va. — Today, in a spirit of cooperation, the heads of twelve Defense Related Associations joined to send a letter urging Congress to pass a two-year budget deal offsetting budget caps under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Such a deal would avoid the disruptions inherent in a full-year continuing resolution and provide adequate resources for our military to conduct today’s missions and prepare for the next crisis.
Joint Statement by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, Research!America and United for Medical Research urging Congress to raise budget caps restraining vital investments in national security and medical research.
Arlington, Va. — Today the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, Research!America and United for Medical Research joined to send Congress a letter urging all of America’s elected representatives in the House and Senate to work together to move forward with responsible funding of our national security and medical research priorities. The letter states “We must base spending priorities on current and future threats and opportunities, or American security, prosperity, and global leadership will be compromised. Among these priorities are preserving global stability, defending our homeland and fighting diseases that rob Americans of life, health, independence and time.”
Statement by AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher on recent DOD comments regarding mergers and consolidation
Arlington, Va. — Consolidation is market-driven and enhances the efficiency with which we deliver the world’s best equipment to the American warfighter. To encourage competition and a healthy and strong industrial base, we need stable, predictable and sufficient budgets to support our national security strategies. We urge Congress to overturn the Budget Control Act caps, enact a budget deal that supports investment in American capability and return to a budgeting process that promotes stability and predictability in contract awards.
Appeared in the Sept. 14, 2015 edition of Defense News, on page 37. By John J. Hamre and David F. Melcher.
Shutting down Ex-Im would also threaten American national security interests. American aerospace and defense companies have relied on overseas markets, particularly commercial markets serviced by Ex-Im loans, to keep the defense industrial base healthy as U.S. defense spending has declined. Without Ex-Im, U.S. industrial production will decline, with fewer revenue and jobs throughout the aerospace and defense supply chain, leading to higher unit costs for the military systems our armed forces buy. The same dynamic occurred in the shipbuilding sector in the 1980s with devastating results that continue to be felt today.