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.
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 overall returns on government contracts. Industry believes acquisition trends focused on elements of profitability, including changes to contract cash flow and policies for R&D funding, will have negative consequences for the Government and the nation as a whole as contractors and investors move resources away from unprofitable government business.
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 to help companies exploit the technologies and proposes supporting actions where it is appropriate for the AIA to act on behalf of the industry.
The Lead (Pb)-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Consortium recently released the following white paper entitled “Reliability Assessment of Lead-free Electronics in the Aerospace, Defense and High Performance Electronics Industries.” The White Paper states that it is premature to rely solely on known reliability standards for qualification of systems containing lead-free assemblies in critical, high-reliability, harsh environment applications without rigorous assessment of application requirements.