Industry Issues

Acquisition Policy

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is the voice of the aerospace and defense industry on all facets of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) acquisition process. We monitor and advance consensus industry positions on acquisition policy, regulations, and relevant legislation that support the National Defense Strategy’s call for ‘capability at the speed of relevance’ and maintain a healthy and resilient National Security Innovation Base. The National Security Policy Division facilitates ExCom-level engagements with senior defense officials to advance leading AIA priorities, supports regular engagements between our acquisition policy-focus Councils Committees and Working Groups and acquisition policymakers at DOD, and works closely with our Legislative Affairs Division and its Washington Procurement Committee to advance AIA acquisition policy positions in Congress.

Key acquisition policy priorities include:

  • Establishing contract finance policies that enable industry investment in research and development, workforce development, and capital expenditures needed to deliver capability to the warfighter;
  • Streamlining the proposal submission, negotiation, and contracting process to enable greater speed and innovation throughout the acquisition system;
  • Encouraging systemic, rather than transactional, auditing and compliance approaches to enable more cost effective and efficient oversight of defense acquisitions; and
  • Promoting acquisition of commercial technology to the maximum extent practicable to broaden industrial base participation and leverage private R&D investment.


John Luddy

Vice President, National Security Policy