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Coalition for Aerospace and Science recognizes Sen. Nelson with “Champion of Aerospace and Science” award

Recognizing his ongoing and enduring support of the industry, the Coalition for Aerospace and Science (CAS) recently recognized Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) with its “Champion of Aerospace and Science” award at its second Annual Showcase of NASA Partnerships & Collaboration. Each year, CAS presents this award to a Member of Congress who has been a strong advocate for NASA. "With the active leadership of Senator Nelson, NASA has helped to transform Florida’s space coast from a loc...

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Holding Up the Line of Defense: Why We Should All Care About Transparency and Efficiency in the Defense Export Process

By Annie Tolbert When it comes to defense exports, a lot of people envision something like Tony Stark’s iconic desert demonstration of the Stark Industries Jericho Missile in the Iron Man movie. It’s simple, right? The industry makes weapons and sells them to any country interested in buying and that’s all there is to it. Perhaps that’s true in movies, which often glamorize (or villainize) weapons sales, but the actual export process is deliberate, complicated, and multifaceted. Wh...

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Putting Trans-Atlantic Brainpower To Work On Aviation Safety

This week, the leaders and a wide range of experts from the FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and industry are gathered in Washington D.C. for the annual International Aviation Safety Conference. The conference provides a forum for experts and authorities from both sides of the Atlantic to get around the same table and share new ideas, initiatives and best practices for reducing accident risk. It also demonstrates a shared commitment to open communication and collaboration from glo...

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AIA welcomes White House commitment to reforming commercial space policies

Having a strong domestic space industry is crucial to our nation’s economic vitality and security. The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased by the Trump Administration’s continued focus on reducing barriers for the commercial space industry to create new, well-paying jobs, increase exports and move into new markets. “We welcome the signing of Space Policy Directive 2 (SPD-2) and, while many details have yet to be worked out, we are a committed and constructive partner in revisin...

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Protecting Innovation is a Matter of National Security

On Tuesday, the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees met to mark up and move forward versions of the “Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act” (FIRRMA). These two bills are aimed at reforming the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process and protecting U.S. technology. While this action isn’t making front page news, we are watching this process closely – because these issues have important impacts on our industry’s ability to compet...

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“Do Good. Be Good. Make Michigan Proud.” Eric Fanning Gives Positive Charge to University of Michigan Engineering Graduates

Michigan native Eric Fanning knew he faced an immediate challenge when he stood before hundreds of students, teachers and family members to give the graduation address to the University of Michigan College of Engineering class of 2018 on the last Saturday in April.  The school had thoughtfully provided academic regalia for Fanning featuring the green and white colors of his alma mater, Dartmouth College.  So, at the start of his remarks, Fanning jokingly told the audience that he did not atten...

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Local Economies Need Trade in Aerospace

Aerospace and defense trade supports jobs all over the United States. In many states, the A&D sector is the largest exporter and is a key contributor to the local economy. This is also true in my home state of Arkansas, where I had the opportunity to speak at the 2018 Summit for the Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance (AADA) about aerospace trade. Members of AADA range from some of AIA’s largest members to small and medium-sized companies supplying America’s aerospace and defense ...

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AIA leading the way on the Manufacturing & Defense Industrial Base of the Future

What do more government support for STEAM education and a streamlined DOD acquisition policy have in common? These are two of the recommendations the defense and aerospace industry is making to the Trump Administration to ensure the health of the Defense Industrial Base. In anticipation of an interagency assessment mandated by Executive Order 13806 being finalized and sent to the President, today we are sharing our recommendations in a new paper titled “Fostering the Manufacturing & Defens...

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New Worlds Beyond Our Own: TESS and Exoplanet Discovery

Imagine planets like nothing we’ve seen before – for instance, carbon-based worlds composed largely of diamonds. This week, scientists ramp up the search for new worlds as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) embarks upon its mission to seek out distant star systems which may harbor planets. The mission reflects the dedicated work of NASA, Orbital ATK and the many other partners who made this incredible mission possible. This mission is sure to contribute to future discoveries an...

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SkyFail: What happens if America’s satellites suddenly go down?

Americans rely on satellites every day – more than we even realize. Our greatest familiarity is with GPS, helping us find the fastest way to our destination and to order a ride at the push of a button. We use satellites for weather forecasting, not only to help us decide if we need to wear a jacket, but more importantly to give us enough forewarning to evacuate during severe weather events like hurricanes. What you may not realize, is that satellites are also critical to stock markets, ...

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The West Wing & Five Fun Facts About Air Force One

What does it take to keep Air Force One flying? The Aerospace Industry Association’s President and CEO, Eric Fanning, helps separate fact from fiction on America’s most important aircraft in The West Wing Weekly podcast, hosted by the actor Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder. The podcast looks back at “Angel Maintenance” from Season 4 of The West Wing, when a mechanical issue with Air Force One places the lives of the president, his staff, and the reporters on board ...

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A Conversation with Roger Krone; Chief Executive Officer, Leidos

A Conversation with Roger Krone Chief Executive Officer, Leidos The following interview is an excerpt from the Spring 2018 Edition of AIA's Executive Report. To view more articles and commentary, click here. How do you see the market for aerospace companies providing services to the government – here in the U.S. and abroad – developing in the next decade and beyond? We’re in a budget environment where there is cost pressure for industry to do more with less; I don’t see that c...

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