Industry Issues

Manufacturing & Defense Industrial Base

As the voice of American aerospace and defense, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) supports policies and budgets that strengthen A&D, grow the U.S. economy, improve U.S. aerospace and defense infrastructure and the industrial base, and help achieve a level playing field for U.S. industry in the global marketplace.

Our efforts are centered around AIA’s ‘4 Pillars’ of the industrial base:

  1. Robust, balanced and, stable defense spending;
  2. Streamlined acquisition policy;
  3. Stewardship of key capabilities;
  4. A talented workforce.

On July 21, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13806, Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States. The Executive Order required an interagency assessment of the manufacturing and defense industrial base and their supply chains with considerations of the following nature: single sources of supply, workforce skill gaps, and access to goods and raw materials critical to national security. AIA worked closely with the Department of Defense (DOD) throughout the assessment and provided the following recommendations:

  • Repeal the Budget Control Act (as amended) caps for defense spending.
  • Leverage smart procurement practices to increase DOD buying power and support industrial base health.
  • Support long-term research and development and infrastructure investments.
  • Reorient oversight and compliance practices from existing transactional approach to one that operates on a systemic basis.
  • Streamlining acquisition process by tailoring oversight requirements to risk.
  • Exempt statutory acquisition reforms from EO 13771.
  • Establish overarching DOD strategy for intellectual property.
  • Support and protect industry independent research & development efforts.
  • Unleash industry investment through contract financing.
  • Promote mechanisms for government-industry communication throughout the lifecycle.
  • Implement a National Security Cooperation Strategy.
  • Monitor and address the impact of commercial trade agreements and policies on the defense industrial base.
  • Enhanced government and industry support of STEM education.
  • Incorporate workforce considerations into acquisition strategies and contracting decisions.
  • Ensure sufficient and separate funding for the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Security Serivce.
  • Modernize the security clearance process.



David Turkovic

Director, Industrial Policy