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Prioritizing Employee Safety Through Evolving National Aerospace Standards

For over 75 years, the Aerospace Industries Association has developed National Aerospace Standards that have shaped our industry, enabled innovation, and most importantly, kept our employees safe. With over 2 million employees across aerospace and defense (A&D) and our shared supply chain, the safety of our workers remains the industry’s top priority. But as A&D continues to innovate, AIA must develop and amend standards to better support the industry and our workforce. First de...

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Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Spotlight: Dan Watt, L3Harris Technologies

Dan WattVP Program Management & Products, Communication Systems and Executive Sponsor of the Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership & Advancement (HOLA) Employee Resource GroupL3Harris Technologies L3Harris’ Dan Watt, VP Program Management & Products, Communication Systems and Executive Sponsor of the Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership & Advancement (HOLA) Employee Resource Group, shares the importance of embracing various cultures as we celebrate Hispan...

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A&D Employee Spotlight: Anthony Nigara, L3Harris Technologies

Anthony NigaraVP of Strategy & Business DevelopmentL3Harris Technologies L3Harris’ Anthony Nigara, VP of Strategy and Business Development, offers advice to new grads entering the workforce.“For those of you who are new to the workforce, the world is quite different now than you probably imagined it being when you started college or your internship.As you begin your career, you're navigating a new world full of guidelines, including the many resulting from social distancing re...

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NAS9945: Airworthiness Engineering Training & Education

Whether they are developed for educators or manufacturers, new standards can help advance the aerospace and defense industry. That’s why on July 8, AIA’s National Aerospace Standards published new standard NAS9945, Airworthiness Engineering Training and Education. NAS9945 will help both American aerospace education programs and design, manufacturing, and maintenance organizations develop and implement airworthiness training for everyone involved with the certification or continuing airwo...

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Space Force: Parody Is Highest Form of Flattery

The premiere of Netflix’s Space Force series has launched (pun intended) the U.S. Space Force (USSF) further into the mainstream. While the show is not an accurate depiction of the USSF, it does highlight three takeaways all Americans should understand about their newest service: that the threat to the space domain is real; that the Space Force’s role is largely misunderstood; and that the service requires a culture that cultivates the next-generation of space professionals. In the very ...

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Celebrating Pride Throughout the A&D Industry

The aerospace and defense industry continues to innovate the way our world connects through new technologies. But these connections run much deeper than just the tech powering our world. A&D is working to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for our employees. Particularly during Pride month and the events of 2020, we’re proud to recognize the 30 AIA member companies who achieved a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index. This in...

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Pride Month Spotlight: Kathy Crandall, L3Harris Technologies

Kathy CrandallGeneral Manager, Mission Networks Managed Services,L3Harris Technologies As an ally and executive sponsor of the L3Harris Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG), I have the privilege of joining members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community in celebrating Pride Month. This is more than just a time to celebrate, however. It’s a time to reflect on the progress made and the need to continue driving awareness and change. One of our company’s core values is Respect. To live th...

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Supporting Remote Verification Through New Standards

The COVID-19 pandemic presents the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry with new challenges, requiring the industry to use new, innovative tactics to ensure the safety of our employees and deliver our products on time. To meet this need, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) issued an interim job aid on March 30, that provides guidance on remote product conformity verification and surveillance risk assessments for Department of Defense (DOD) contractors. With numerous contracts a...

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COVID-19 Won’t Slow Space Adversaries, and the U.S. Must Take Action

Recent Russian anti-satellite weapon testing and an Iranian space launch serve as poignant reminders of space’s shift to a warfighting domain. As highlighted in the National Defense Strategy, great power nations and rogue regimes are making the global security environment increasingly complex. More than ever before, consistent and bipartisan national security space funding and policy will be paramount to protecting U.S. security and economic prosperity. With the evolving threat landscape, ...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Neil Jadhav, Cubic Corporation

Neil JadhavSenior Director of Data and AnalyticsCubic Corporation HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THE AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE INDUSTRY? I am an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer with an MBA. Prior to Cubic, I enjoyed working with big tech companies such as Adobe and Qualcomm. The missions of Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies have always been important to me. For example, the mission of keeping everyone safe while constantly innovating for a better future of the planet ...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Larry Lohman, L3Harris

Larry LohmanVP and General CounselL3Harris This month #L3Harris celebrates those who descend from the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, made possible by the labor of Chinese immigrants. For Larry Lohman, L3Harris VP and General...

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Stepping Up to Support Our Workforce and Communities

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our members and the entire aerospace and defense industry have been focused on supporting our employees, our communities, and companies of all sizes in our supply chain. From providing free applications that enhance communication for health care professionals and first responders, to developing new designs for ventilators, to delivering personal protective equipment from the other side of the world, and creating medical-grade face shields, A&D has steppe...

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