The TOC provides strategic technical direction for common issues related to global competitiveness and innovation, the future of regulation, aerospace and defense investment, and the 21st century workforce. Through technical program management, the industrial base, quality assurance, sustainment policy, business processes, and engineering management, we look to affect operations in mutual agreement with our member companies in all sectors of the A&D industry. The council addresses key topics of technology, capability, interoperability, standardization, and data exchange. The scope of the TOC includes research and development, engineering practices, testing, manufacturing, quality assurance, product life cycle support, information transfer, and safety aspects of producing aircraft, space vehicles, and ground equipment. The TOC also engages in STEM and workforce needs for the future of the A&D industry. The TOC oversees the following committees, ensures alignment of all activities within its structure with the AIA strategic focus areas, and serves as the technical arm of AIA.