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Building and Maintaining Value in the National Security Space Industrial Base

Space systems are increasingly providing an unprecedented level of critical national security capability to the U.S. and our warfighters. Yet these systems are often highly complex and not without substantial cost to the taxpayer. In light of growing pressure on federal government budgets it will be important to ensure that our nation maintains a strong […]

Acquisition Policy Changes: Impacts on Contract Profitability

Federal acquisition policy expressly recognizes the importance of the contractor’s ability to earn reasonable returns on business with the Government. Recent acquisition trends and policies, however, have attacked the profit and fee portions of contractor’s prices, either through the elimination of fee on certain cost elements or by negotiation strategies impacting overall returns on government contracts.  Industry […]

What is Best for the Warfighter and Taxpayer

The Product Support Executive Board is producing a series of briefs assessing the impact of in-sourcing policies enacted by the Department of Defense (DOD). The first in this series examines best practices for producing the most benefit for the warfighter and taxpayer.

Tipping Point: Maintaining the Health of the National Security Space Industrial Base

National security space systems provide missile warning and defense; global communications; environmental monitoring; global positioning, navigation and timing; launch capability, and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance. They are the bedrock of our 21st century military capabilities and part of our economy’s critical infrastructure. Yet in light of an increasingly contested, congested and competitive space domain – […]

Civil Aviation Growth in the 21st Century

Civil aviation has always played a vital role in the health of the world’s economy and the well-being of its inhabitants. It facilitates commerce and connects families, friends and cultures across borders and oceans the way no other mode of travel can. Civil aviation is also vital to global humanitarian missions, bringing lifesaving equipment and […]

Disruptive Information Technologies

This report is an initial statement of the likely impact of these technologies and the business, technical, cultural, operational and security implications for our industry. The key characteristics of each technology are described in the following sections along with the claimed benefits, risks and mitigations. Each section provides recommendations to help companies exploit the technologies […]

Promoting U.S. Tax Policy for Aerospace and Defense

The U.S. economy is globally competitive, which magnifies the importance of our tax policy. Higher tax rates and complex tax regulations in the United States have produced a competitive disadvantage for the United States and U.S.-based business activities. This disadvantage leads to fewer companies doing business in the United States, which results in a falloff […]

Why FAR Part 12 Authorities Must be Retained

In the early 1990s Congress recognized the opportunities commercial products provided to the Government and that procurement statutes were not well-suited to acquiring those items from commercial companies. Statutes were enacted to incorporate free-market principles into the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by encouraging both the acquisition of commercial items and services and the use of commercial […]

Reliability Assessment of Lead-free Electronics in the Aerospace, Defense …

The Lead (Pb)-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Consortium recently released the following white paper entitled “Reliability Assessment of Lead-free Electronics in the Aerospace, Defense and High Performance Electronics Industries.” The White Paper states that it is premature to rely solely on known reliability standards for qualification of systems containing lead-free assemblies in critical, high-reliability, harsh […]

Ten Key Facts About Export Control Modernization

Modernizing the U.S. export control regime is vital to the aerospace and defense industry. The following 10 key facts illustrate how prudent and appropriate changes to the system will support U.S. national security and foreign policy interests while also helping American companies become more competitive in the global marketplace.

NextGen: The Future of Flying

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) transforms the National Airspace System to meet future safety, security, capacity and environmental needs. The full implementation of NextGen will fundamentally change air traffic management by combining new technologies for surveillance, navigation and communications with procedural changes and airfield development.

Research and Development Tax Credit

The aerospace and civil aviation industries account for nearly 15 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and support approximately 11 million domestic jobs. Consequently, America’s economic growth and national security depend on this high technology workforce, which includes many segments of applied research including air transportation, military operations, and space-based communications. Yet these U.S. […]