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Shutdown Series: Impact on American Aerospace & Defense #2

As we wait for Congress and the Administration to pass the temporary funding announced earlier today, furloughed federal employees, businesses, contractors and their families are still waiting for relief.   For over 800,000 federal employees, this past week meant another missed paycheck and hardships for their families. For the aerospace and defense industry, it was another week without essential employees, key funding and necessary services that support our nation’s security an...

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Fixing the Security Clearance Bottleneck

From the Department of Defense to NASA, many government employees – and many private-sector contractors doing government work – depend on the security clearance process. These reviews are essential to the safety of our country, but it’s also essential that they’re finished as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, as of mid-2018, the backlog of clearance reviews had reached a record high of about 720,000. While recently some progress has been made, there are still hundreds of thousands ...

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Shutdown Series: Impact on American Aerospace and Defense

The longest government shutdown in American history continues to be an unconscionable burden for hundreds of thousands of federal employees and their families.    The effects of the shutdown are steadily increasing, including for the aerospace and defense industry. With government employees either furloughed or forced to work without pay, essential positions and operations that facilitate our industry’s work to support the nation’s defense and support the American economy are a...

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Aerospace and Defense in India: An Important Security Partner and Expanding Commercial Market

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to India and visit with government, industry and nonprofit leaders as part of a seven-person bipartisan American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) delegation. The ACYPL has coordinated leadership exchanges between the U.S. and India since 1979 and were responsible for now Prime Minister Modi’s first and only visit to the U.S. before becoming Prime Minister. Our group included individuals from different professions and parts of the U.S., and we...

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Don’t Interfere with Aviation Safety: Test 5G Spectrum Allocation

During this year’s holiday travel season, over 50 million people will jet off to their destination. Upon boarding their flights, passengers won’t be greeted with Jingle Bells, but an announcement prompting them to turn their cellphones off once the cabin door closes. Why? Because using a cell phone may interfere with a plane’s navigation and communications equipment. This equipment operates on internationally designated spectrum bands that allow for interference-free communications, and wi...

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AIA President & CEO Eric Fanning on Successful InSight Landing

"Today’s InSight Mars landing is nothing short of a miracle of science, discovery, and determination. Since humankind first became fixated on the planets and stars, we’ve dreamed of exploring and understanding alien worlds. Thanks to InSight, we’ll be able to paint a more vivid picture of the Red Planet and lay the foundation for future human missions to Mars. On behalf of AIA, congratulations to NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, industry partners and our nation’s STEM workforce wh...

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Texas Community Helps NASA Understand Supersonic Future

A public park on a wet and windy day in Galveston, Texas, isn’t the usual location where people imagine cutting edge research into futuristic technology is done. But this is where representatives of the aviation industry, including AIA, and aviation regulators from across the globe gathered to understand what the future of supersonic travel might sound like. The loud sonic booms generated when an object travels faster than the speed of sound (767 mph) have resulted in strict rules governing s...

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National Apprenticeship Week Q&A: Jean Wallace, Lockheed Martin

Following President Trump’s Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in America, the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry has increasingly worked to promote effective work-based development programs as a more affordable pathway to highly-skilled, high-paying jobs. In honor of National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 12-Nov. 18), we spoke to some of our members about the impact of apprenticeships within A&D, and the growing opportunities for men and women looking to join the industry ...

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National Apprenticeship Week Q&A: Lisa Teague, Rolls-Royce

Following President Trump’s Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in America, the A&D industry has made significant strides to promote effective work-based development programs as a more affordable pathway to highly-skilled, high-paying jobs. In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 12-Nov. 18), we reached out to some of our members to learn more about how apprenticeships impact the Aerospace and Defense industry by opening doors for men and women looking to join our tea...

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Explorers

For hundreds of years, people have dreamed of reaching worlds unknown. And now, brilliant scientists are innovating, and artists are envisioning, a way for humans to explore planets across the universe. Through their work, our journey to Mars is more than just a dream, it’s quickly becoming a reality. On Monday, November 5 we were able to celebrate this progress at National Geographic, as they played host to the National Geographic Channel’s Mars Season 2 premiere where winners of the...

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Stories of Inspiration: Project Mars Winner Ricardo

Inspiration can come from everywhere – even worlds far beyond our own. The Project Mars competition brought us short films and posters that push the boundaries of imagination and show us a future on the Red Planet with the power to inspire future scientists and artists for years to come. This week we heard from Ricardo Bernardini, the winner of the Inspiration Award presented by the Aerospace Industries Association. With his short film “92Mars,” Ricardo showed us how one woman’s c...

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Stories of Inspiration: Project Mars Poster Winner Adrianna

With dozens of incredible posters submitted through the Project Mars competition, we were inspired by the unique visions of our future on Mars. This week, we checked in with our First Place poster winner, Adrianna Allen of Michigan. Adrianna’s 3D model and digital print shows a strand of DNA as a ladder from Earth to Mars, showing that the journey to the Red Planet truly is a part of human evolution. Learn what inspires Adrianna’s work in astronomical art and be sure to check her p...

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