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Today, America’s Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry is a thriving sector that embodies the best of our nation. Whether making our country more secure and globally competitive, enhancing aviation safety, extending the horizons of exploration and research, or driving the edge of innovation, the A&D industry is at the core of American economic strength and prosperity.

The 2017 Facts & Figures also reiterates the importance of A&D in sustaining our nation’s security, proven by the positive trends in global defense spending growth. Concurrently, research and development spending shared in those positive trends, with expansion across investments by both government and industry into the new and emerging technologies that represent the innovative nature at the heart of the A&D sector.

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