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Key Supply Chain Issues

Risk and Resiliency

This working group focuses on how policies in major risk areas, such as cyber, material authenticity/counterfeit parts, and trade practices, impact the resiliency of the A&D supply chain. AIA leads this group to provide insight, education, and sharing of best practices to our members with resources to manage their risk and remain resilient for both the defense industrial base and commercial supply chains. As the Supplier Management Council looks toward the future, this working group will examine trends and continue to educate the industry on how to improve resiliency and reduce risk.

Advocacy and Communications Working Group

This working group fosters SMC member engagement across AIA advocacy efforts to reflect industry positions on issues affecting the supply base. The increased member engagement aims to provide specific examples of industry concerns for AIA advocacy and outreach.

As AIA engages in advocacy and communicating for our industry, the voice of the A&D supply chain is increasingly important to policymakers. This working group connects supply chain companies to the government and stakeholders in order to tell the story of our industry.

Conflict Minerals Working Group

This working group serves as a community of practice within the A&D industry that is focused on sharing of best practices and lessons related to compliance with U.S. and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conflict mineral reporting requirements. As compliance related to minerals continues to evolve, this working group ensures that member companies are up-to-date on new regulations and industry trends.

Sustainability Working Group

This working group provides timely updates and information on sustainability issues impacting the supply chain. As Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues become increasingly important to the A&D supply chain, this working group aims to educate our membership on sustainability and its impact on our industry.


  • Supply Chain Summits: The summits will convene a mass audience of supply chain leaders from prime companies, as well as business leaders from small, medium, and large AIA member companies.  Each event will provide unique insight into the policies impacting industry, advocacy with government officials, and collaboration with other member companies.
  • Supply Chain Policy Roundtables: AIA Supply chain members will cohost these half-day roundtable events, including policy expert briefings, advocacy-focused discussions with local government officials, a facility tour (when possible) and a networking dinner.
  • Board of Governors Executive Roundtables: This executive level discussion will focus on issues impacting the supply chain during the Spring and Fall BOG.   
  • Policy Webinars: AIA policy divisions will facilitate discussions on regulatory and compliance issues impacting the supply chain. 
  • Air Show Supply Chain Partnerships: For small and medium sized supply chain members seeking to elevate their affiliation with AIA during the international air shows. 

About the Supplier Management Council

Open to both Full Members and Associate Members, the council’s mission is to integrate and focus the collective capabilities of the supply chain, at every level, to exert unique influence in the formation of strategy, policy and regulations that enable the U.S. aerospace and defense industry to successfully compete in the global market, be profitable, and strengthen the U.S. position as the world leader.

Your Leadership ConnectionSupply Chain Team

AIA’s supply chain leadership team is well-positioned to address members’ issues and advocacy needs.

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