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.
On April 1, 2014, Aerospace Caucus co-chairs, Senators Patty Murray and Saxby Chambliss, hosted an event on the importance of defense research and development (R&D) on innovation. The event featured Dr. Arati Prabhakar the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who spoke to the innovations that have entered the commercial marketplace because of defense R&D investments.
During this age of austerity, the need for change to the status quo is clear. Dollars spent on burdensome compliance requirements that provide little value are funds not spent on sustaining America’s technological superiority, or preserving the readiness of our military.
Betsy Schmid, AIA’s new Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, has received the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Presented by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a March 19, 2014 ceremony, the award is the highest honor given to those outside of naval service.
Excerpt from Testimony provided today by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces on the state of the defense industrial base and challenges it faces.