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AIA Welcomes Missile Defense Review

Arlington, Va. — Today’s release of the 2019 Missile Defense Review, highlighted by President Trump’s speech, is a welcome commitment by the Administration to improve America’s missile defenses. We look forward to learning more details when the President’s Budget Request is released later this year. “Budget constraints and shifting missile defense priorities have hampered the […]

AIA Welcomes U.S. Space Command Announcement

Arlington, Va. — We welcome the Administration’s continued focus on space and its importance to our national security. The newly announced U.S. Space Command has the potential to strengthen the United States’ ability to address the growing threats we face. But we must ensure that the process to stand it up is integrated with the […]

Increasing Space Threats Require a Robust U.S. Response

From weather forecasts to ATMs, GPS to stock markets, agriculture to national security, we depend on satellites for civil, economic, and national security needs. As our reliance on satellite systems grows, unfortunately, the ability for them to be interfered with also grows. We are laying out a number of recommendations that we believe are necessary to respond […]

SkyFail: What happens if America’s satellites suddenly go down?

Americans rely on satellites every day – more than we even realize. Our greatest familiarity is with GPS, helping us find the fastest way to our destination and to order a ride at the push of a button. We use satellites for weather forecasting, not only to help us decide if we need to wear […]

AIA Applauds Release of National Security Strategy

The Aerospace Industries Association applauded the Administration’s release of the National Security Strategy earlier today, calling it a strong foundation for the future. “The National Security Strategy acknowledges that a strong and resilient industrial base is a cornerstone of American security,” said AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher. “As an organization and an industry […]

AIA 53rd Annual Media Luncheon

AIA 53rd Annual Media Luncheon Thursday, December 14 David F. Melcher President & CEO, Aerospace Industries Association Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon. This is the third time I’ve had the privilege of addressing the aerospace and defense media in the presence of staff and executives from many of our member companies, and I’m […]

AIA Welcomes Presidential Announcement of Human Space Exploration Goals

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes President Trump’s announcement today establishing new policy framework for NASA’s exploration program focused on humans returning to the moon as the first step towards exploring Mars and the solar system. We strongly urge President Trump and Congress to work together to ensure this ambitious initiative is supported […]

Solar Eclipse 2017…There Goes the Sun

Today, millions of Americans have traveled to the Pacific Coast of Oregon and the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, and to all parts in-between within a narrow 70-mile-wide corridor extending through 14 interior states, to witness the total eclipse of the sun. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous […]

AIA Advances U.S./Canadian Aerospace and Defense Industry Partnership

As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA represents its members in a variety of different fora, including before foreign government officials. Earlier this month, AIA representatives met with John Knubley, the Canadian Deputy Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) at the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC. ISED is the counterpart organization […]

2018 Supplier Management Council Summer Meeting – Hosted by Northrop Grumman

Event Summary AIA’s Supplier Management Council (SMC) meetings are a non-attributional forum where senior supply chain representatives meet to tackle issues facing the supply chain and hear the latest trends in the industry. Each meeting is hosted by an AIA member company. The event features Business-to-Business meetings with the host company, industry informational sessions, numerous […]

Amendment to Honor the Crew of Apollo 1 Moves Forward

Last week, the House of Representatives approved Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-Texas) amendment to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 to provide for a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the three crewmembers of the Apollo 1 mission.  NASA astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were all service veterans who perished […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: Recap

The rocketry season of TARC and IRC has officially ended yesterday morning when World Champion Festus High School Rocket Club boarded its plane to return home. What began as a group of students breathing life back into their school’s rocket club quickly turned into the story for the history books.     A team of mostly first-time rocketeers from a town of 12,000 people gave their all […]

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