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Building a Legacy: Industry's Role in Apollo 11

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” When President John F. Kennedy stood before Rice University to address the nation, he was confident that our mission to the moon was more than just a dream – it was an opportunity for “the greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.” Fifty years later, Apollo 11 remains the gold standard for human achievement. And at the heart of this achievement was...

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Celebrating the Nation We Secure

This 4th of July celebrates the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the United States. Throughout our history, the aerospace and defense industry has been an essential part of our nation’s security, supporting the servicemembers who have sacrificed so much for the freedom we Americans hold dear. That was exactly our role 75 years ago last month – when American forces stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. As our soldiers risked their lives that da...

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The Spirit of American A&D: 2019 Paris Air Show Recap

With the same Spirit that Charles Lindbergh brought to Le Bourget in 1927, the U.S. contingent landed at the 2019 Paris Air Show bringing the best of American ingenuity and innovation. If you had the chance to walk the runways at Le Bourget during the show, you saw American aerospace and defense innovation on full display. If you’re like most people, your experience with an air show has probably come as a spectator of the awe-inspiring flying displays. But there’s a lot more goi...

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Pride Month Spotlight: Martha Holt Castle, Raytheon

Martha Holt CastleSenior Counsel, IDSRaytheon At work, Martha is Senior Counsel for IDS. Outside of work, she is a mother of two who tries to balance family time and advocating for LGTBQ rights. Learn more about Martha in this inspiring Voices of IDS profile celebrating Pride month. STARTED AT RAYTHEON: Three and a half years ago, I joined Raytheon as Counsel for Corporate with a focus on environmental, health and safety law. Since that time, my responsibilities evolved to include l...

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Pride Month Spotlight: Tania Hanna, Harris Corp.

Read what Harris Corp's VP of Government Relations, Tania Hanna, has to say about Pride Month: "June is recognized in the US as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, in commemoration of the June 1969 Stonewall demonstration and protests in NYC, historically recognized as the beginning of the LGBTQ equal rights movement. While much progress has been made in the fight for equal rights, there is still much to be done. As of June 2015, all states license and recognize marriage b...

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NASA – Leading the Future of Aeronautics

When we think of NASA’s groundbreaking work, most of our brains go straight to accomplishments in space. From revolutionary photos of black holes to dreams of sending people to Mars, these achievements often overshadow the groundbreaking work taking place in the field of NASA’s first “A:”Aeronautics. Since the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, aeronautics has always been a pillar of American innovation and international competitiveness. NASA and the agency’s predecessor, the...

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Celebrating Pride throughout the Aerospace & Defense Industry

The industry that’s changing the way our world moves, connects, and explores is also helping to build a more inclusive workplace. We’re proud of the 30 AIA member companies that received a perfect score of 100 this year in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ employees. This recognition shows how important it is to AIA members to provide our global workforce with every opportu...

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Pride Month Spotlight: Jake Palenske, Raytheon

Jake PalenskeSenior Manager, Digital/Social Marketing & AnalyticsRaytheon June marks the beginning of Pride month, which celebrates the LGBT community nationwide. Jake Palenske is a member of the IIS Communications leadership team and manages the business’ digital marketing and analytics function. He’s been with Raytheon for seven years and formerly served as the communications lead for GIS and Business Development. Here, Jake discusses his career with Raytheon, and what ...

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Paris Air Show 2019 – Celebrating our people and history, and getting excited about the future

By Jason Chua, Executive Director of United Technologies Advanced Projects Every time that I’ve gone to the Paris Air Show, I am reminded of just how much innovation is woven into the aerospace industry, and also of how many opportunities there are to push our industry ahead. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing—a leap forward made possible the tremendous innovators at United Technologies Corporation (UTC)—this sense of history and future opportunity seem...

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Industry Events at International Air Shows

We know that the Paris Air Show is exceedingly busy for our members who attend, and the number of people they want to meet often exceeds the hours in the day. So, before business deals are made and new technology is unveiled at the Paris Air Show, hundreds of representatives from the U.S. aerospace industry kicked off the week by attending two signature events hosted by AIA and aimed at bringing our industry together. These events – with attendees from the U.S. government and the global aeros...

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Air Shows and the Value of Convening

By Remy Nathan, Dak Hardwick, David Silver & John Luddy Airshows are more than an opportunity for manufacturers to show off their latest and greatest products, or pilots to show off their amazing piloting skills. They are a valuable chance for stakeholders from the civil aviation, space, and defense industries to gather and discuss “issues of the day.”  AIA invests a lot of time at the four major international air shows (Paris, Dubai, Farnborough (UK), and Singapore) to maxi...

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International Air Shows and American Ingenuity

AIA has worked with the US government agencies for over 50 years to establish an American presence at airshows around the globe. We travel around the world, from the region shows like MSPO in Poland and Aero-expo in Marrakesh, to Continental shows like FIDAE in South America, and the big international shows in Farnborough, Singapore, Dubai as well as here at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. One of our goals on this international stage is to highlight our companies as incom...

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