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American Aerospace & Defense and International Air Shows

I’m a firm believer that American aerospace and defense (A&D) products are the best in the world, and that our companies provide unmatched partnerships. As the voice of American A&D, AIA takes pride in showcasing our industry’s impact in our country and around the world. This year AIA has the honor of representing U.S. industry at the world’s largest air show at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. But not just this year. We have a long history of highlighting industry’s cutting-edge ac...

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Celebrating Our Centennial Aerospace Champions

For over 100 years, our industry has helped our nation reach some of its greatest achievements in the twentieth century. From our first flight through the skies, to putting a man on the Moon, to protecting our nation, the work of our members has defined American leadership. As we gathered to celebrate AIA’s Centennial – and in recognition of the millions of individuals who helped shape American aerospace and defense over the past century – we presented our prestigious Wings of Liberty...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Anthony Lor, Ball Aerospace

Anthony LorNetwork Operations SpecialistBall Aerospace “Two roads diverge in a wood… and I took the one less traveled… and that has made all the difference.” Anthony Lor, a second-generation Hmong American born in the United States, strives to live his life by those words from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken.” He seeks out life’s challenges. It’s a philosophy that drove him to a career in aerospace, and has indeed made all the difference. The son of tw...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Charlene Lee, Harris Corp.

Charlene LeeVP of GBSHarris Corp. "May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, designated by Congress as a tribute to generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched our nation and are instrumental in its success. When I think about the meaning of this month, the first word that comes to mind is “courage.” People came to a new country from a different culture, often not knowing the language, and built a future here. They embraced America’s diversity a...

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Celebrating 100 Years of Making It Happen

Over the last 100 years, the aerospace and defense industry has imagined, developed, and built technologies that changed the world and shape our daily lives today. Our industry revolutionized travel, making it possible to connect friends, families, and communities living half a world away. We’re the industry that powers the most effective military in the history of the world, one that keeps America safe each and every day. And we‘re the industry that helped put a man on the moon. We set...

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Weathering the Storm of Spectrum Interference

With the 2019 hurricane season right around the corner, the need for accurate and timely weather readings is a top priority. These readings are critical to ensuring that our communities are prepared for and protected from any upcoming storms. Weather readings are typically taken for granted by most Americans. Every day millions of people wake up with the same question: “What’s the weather going to be like today?” They check their phones, televisions, or computers and prepare for the d...

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Apollo 11: The Inspiration for What's Next

In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy stood before a joint Congress and laid out a bold vision for the decade ahead: “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” For a mission that once seemed like a dream, the call to action established a space program that pushed our nation towards the future. Through investments, inspiration, and a combined effort from industry, government and academia, the U.S. not only landed a man on the moon in 1969, but developed lasting...

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Earth Month Spotlight: Matthew Swibel, Lockheed Martin

Matthew Swibel Director, Enterprise Risk and Sustainability,Lockheed Martin Climate Resiliency at Every Elevation From the depths of our oceans to the high reaches of space, Lockheed Martin tech helps observe our climate. Growing resource constraints and changes to our climate require technologies that strengthen society’s resilience and solutions for addressing impacts. To protect and strengthen global infrastructure, it will take a combination of technologies and instrum...

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Flying Green with Gulfstream!

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has been among business aviation’s leaders in sustainability since 2011, when a Gulfstream G450 became the first business jet to cross the Atlantic on sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF). Since then, the Savannah, Georgia-based company has taken additional steps to support sustainability, including becoming the first business-jet manufacturer with a dedicated supply of sustainable alternative fuels, which are used by its corporate, demonstration, customer suppor...

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AIA CEO on House Budget Committee action on BCA Caps

AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning issued the following quote on today’s House Budget Committee action on BCA Caps: “Artificial spending caps should never replace a thoughtful annual review.  The House Budget Committee’s markup today is a critical first step towards addressing the Budget Control Act caps and securing a budget before the new fiscal year begins. We look forward to further steps in the process and urge our elected leaders to make important investments in R&D,...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Irene Lockwood, Harris Corp.

Irene Lockwood Senior Manager, CommunicationsISR and Geospatial Businesses (SIS) Describe your roles and responsibilities at Harris. I provide external communications support to the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Geospatial business areas at Harris’ Space and Intelligence Systems (SIS) segment. I’ve been with Harris (via the Exelis acquisition) for 14 years. My role as a Senior Communications Manager is to create positive awareness of the compan...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Lesley Marangola, Harris Corp.

Lesley Marangola Director, Business Development Operations and Capture ManagementSpace and Intelligence Systems (SIS), Harris Corp. Describe your role and job responsibilities at Harris. I lead the team that is responsible for much of what happens behind the scenes in new business for SIS. This includes developing competency in our Business Acquisition Process, policies and associated tools via training and coaching. It also encompasses providing independent capture coaching and...

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