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.
European Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) and the Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC)ii have changed the global supply chain for materials used in aerospace products. The result of this market shift is of high concern for our industry, forcing the transition away from tin-lead alloys used in the assembly and coating for high performance electronics known as lead-free (Pb-free) electronics.
The variety of engineering tools used to support design, procurement, manufacturing, and support of aerospace products has never been greater. From company to company, tools and processes range from manual capture in 2D drawings to sophisticated 3D models that are tightly integrated with other enterprise systems - this guide helps provide a standard approach to work across the range of processes.
Using commercial items provides the Department of Defense (DOD) with distinct military advantages – access to a wide array of technologies and products developed through industry investment, generally at a lower cost and with a quicker turn-around time than through traditional acquisition programs. Commercial purchases allow for faster insertion of technologies, lower life cycle costs and greater access to – and support from – the vast array of companies that make up the U.S. civil and military industrial base.
Mandatory budget cuts will dramatically and disproportionately reduce the Defense Department’s modernization accounts, which will damage the industrial base more severely than is commonly believed. The reasons for this that are enumerated in the paper include: The effects of sequester in 2013 were mitigated; Modernization funding, though roughly one-third of the defense budget, will likely absorb nearly half the cuts in sequester’s early years; and DOD is taking a "modernzation holiday"by committing between 15 and 20 percent less to needed programs.
Implementation of the Budget Control Act of 2011 is having severe adverse impacts on the defense budget. In real dollar terms, DOD investment spending (Procurement and R&D) in fiscal year 2013 is 24 percent less than it was in fiscal year 2011, the year before the Budget Control Act. Unless the act is changed, fiscal year 2014 could see another 14 percent reduction in investment spending.
This republished special report states the likely impact of specific high powered colaborative technologies on business, technical, cultural, operational and security for our industry. The key characteristics of each technology are described in the report along with the benefits, risks and mitigations. Each section provides recommendations to help companies exploit the technologies and proposes where appropriate including where AIA may act on behalf of the industry.
The AIA eBusiness Steering Group commissioned this report to identify the business scenarios where RFID could be effectively deployed in the aerospace and defense industry, based on growing industry experience of RFID in real applications. The report identifies some key successful applications in pilot and production environments, the lessons learned and challenges still remaining, and the most significant enhancements to the technology.
This report defines the key issues to be addressed when considering the use of social networking tools within an organization, in a controlled community and in a public environment. It also recommends that the content of policies and codes of conduct for the use of social media should be integrated with existing policies and codes of conduct related to computer usage and network access.
This paper explores the various applications of Cloud Computing used by industry and government. Based on the experience to date, it identifies the latest benefits, risks and business impacts of Cloud Computing, with particular reference to portability and interoperability.