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AIA Expands Its National Security Policy Team

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is expanding its National Security Policy team, hiring David Turkovic to serve in a newly created position as Director for Industrial Policy. In this role, Turkovic will help shape advocacy and outreach on AIA priorities, including supply chain health and resilience, assured access to materials and resources, and investment in advanced technologies. “America’s national security depends on a strong defense industrial base and he...

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AIA President & CEO Congratulates Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Confirmation

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate vote to confirm Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor: “Throughout his career, Secretary Marty Walsh has shown himself to be a committed public servant, and it is fitting he should lead a department dedicated to the welfare of America’s workforce. The more than two million highly skilled aerospace and defense workers are the crown jewel of...

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AIA President and CEO: American Rescue Plan Act Bolsters Stability, Resilience of Aerospace and Defense Industry

Arlington, Va. — Today, President Joe Biden signed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, into law. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement: “We applaud the Administration and Congress for delivering this relief to the American people, while also providing aid to help strengthen the stability and resilience of the aerospace and defense industry. For our highly skilled workforce, this legislation will help protect and restore...

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AIA President & CEO Congratulates Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo on Confirmation

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement praising Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate: “Throughout her career, Gina Raimondo has demonstrated her leadership and commitment to public service, and we applaud her confirmation. Secretary Raimondo will lead a department with crucial responsibilities, including promoting U.S. products in the global marketplace, overseeing ex...

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American Rocketry Challenge Announces Multiple Sites for 2021 Competition’s National Finals

Ten or more regional sites will host fly-offs Arlington, Va. – To protect the health and safety of teams, teachers, mentors, and families while continuing to build the next generation of STEM leaders, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) will extend competition deadlines and hold National Final Fly-off at multiple regional sites to determine the 2021 American Rocketry Challenge champion. The 2021 National Finals will take place over a two-w...

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AIA President & CEO: American Rescue Plan Act Protects Critical Aerospace Workers

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement on the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in the U.S. House of Representatives: “Nearly a year into the COVID-19 crisis, the challenges facing the American people and economy have not ceased. The need for additional aid is clear, and this bill provides the certainty families, workers, and businesses need to persevere. “This bill also establishes...

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AIA Welcomes Introduction of Bipartisan Senate Bill to Extend Federal Contractor COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Authorities

Arlington, Va. — This week, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced S.460, a bipartisan bill that would extend the authority of Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The legislation would allow federal contractors to reimburse employees unable to perform work due to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 31, 2021, to September 30, 2021. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Vice President of Legislative Affairs Tim McClees release...

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AIA President & CEO Applauds U.S.-Canada Statement on Nexus Between Transportation and Climate Change

Arlington, Va. — Following the statement by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Canadian Minister of Transportation Omar Alghabra on the nexus between transportation and climate change, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement reaffirming AIA’s commitment to partnering with government leaders: “We commend Secretary Buttigieg and Minister Alghabra on their collaborative efforts to address climate cha...

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AIA President & CEO Statement on Successful Perseverance Landing

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement on the successful landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars:  “Since launching on an Atlas V rocket over half a year ago, Perseverance has been on course to expand our knowledge of Mars. With its successful landing, this newest rover will build on the work of its predecessors and lay the groundwork for future missions, including sending humans to our neighbo...

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AIA Expands Its Legislative Affairs Team

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is expanding its Legislative Affairs team, hiring Katarina DeFilippo and Scott Harris as Managers. In this role, DeFilippo and Harris will support AIA’s outreach and engagement with members of Congress and their staff. “As aerospace and defense companies of all sizes continue to innovate and adapt through the COVID-19 pandemic, advocating for our more than 300 member companies and our industry’s more than 2 million employees ...

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AIA President & CEO Congratulates Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks on Confirmation

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate vote to confirm Kathleen Hicks as Deputy Secretary of Defense: “We congratulate Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, the first woman confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Defense. Her extensive national security experience and strategic vision will serve both the Department of Defense, and the nation, well. As the aerospace and defense...

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AIA President & CEO Applauds Confirmation of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement congratulating Alejandro Mayorkas on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be Secretary of Homeland Security: “Today, the Senate took an important step toward ensuring our country’s continued security with a bipartisan vote to confirm Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “Secretary Mayorkas brings extensive government experience that will se...

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