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Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement congratulating retired Army General Lloyd Austin on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be Secretary of the Department of Defense:

“We congratulate Lloyd Austin on his historic confirmation as the first African American Secretary of Defense. The Pentagon and the nation will benefit from his leadership and life-long commitment to serving our country.

“The proven partnership between government and industry is an essential element of our nation’s security. As the threats our nation faces continue to grow in number and complexity, the aerospace and defense industry remains ready to work with Secretary Austin and other DOD leaders to supply our armed forces with the capabilities and technology they need to safeguard the security of our nation.”


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