Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement applauding the passage of S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21 NDAA) in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 6395, the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“While America and the world have been focused on addressing a global pandemic, threats to our national security have not receded. Sustained and sufficient funding in defense will enable us to respond to those threats, and the NDAA is an important opportunity to ensure these critical investments.
“While the pandemic reminds us of the unique capabilities of the Department of Defense and the aerospace and defense industry to respond in emergencies, it also reinforces how critical both are to our overall security. By sustaining investment in defense, the Senate and House bills support national security, a healthy defense industrial base, and continued progress in the modernization and readiness our troops need to meet threats. We urge a swift, bipartisan conference agreement.”