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AIA joins aviation and space coalition letter calling for end to shutdown

More than 30 organizations across the aviation and space transportation sectors have joined a letter urging our elected leaders to end the partial government shutdown. "As the partial government shutdown continues, the human and economic consequences are increasing and doing greater harm. Civil aviation alone supports more than 7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and $1.5 trillion of economic impact, creating over 11.5 million jobs, but this shutdown is hampering our abilit...

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AIA Welcomes Missile Defense Review

Arlington, Va. — Today’s release of the 2019 Missile Defense Review, highlighted by President Trump’s speech, is a welcome commitment by the Administration to improve America’s missile defenses. We look forward to learning more details when the President’s Budget Request is released later this year. “Budget constraints and shifting missile defense priorities have hampered the development of our missile defense capabilities,” said AIA Vice President for National Security Policy J...

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AIA Welcomes Section 809 Panel Report

Arlington, Va. — AIA applauds today’s release of the Volume III Report from the Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations (‘Section 809 Panel’). Since its establishment by Congress in 2016, AIA has recognized the Section 809 Panel as a critical resource in the effort to foster innovation, limit costs and barriers, and accelerate delivery in the U.S. defense acquisition system. “To execute the National Defense Strategy, the Department of Defense needs an ac...

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AIA: Shutdown Impacting Industry and Government Partners

Arlington, Va. — As the partial government shutdown stretches past the holidays, we strongly urge Congress and the President to reach an immediate resolution and reopen the affected agencies. “About 800,000 federal workers are furloughed or working without pay,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “That imposes an unconscionable burden on these hard-working Americans and their families. Our industry stands with them in calling on elected leaders to end this self-imposed crisis....

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AIA Lauds Service of Secretary of Defense Mattis

Statement by AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning commending Gen. James Mattis’ decades of service to America. Arlington, Va. — Jim Mattis’ service as Secretary of Defense has been marked by principled leadership, a clear-eyed National Defense Strategy, and a commitment to supporting that strategy with sufficient and stable funding. He vigorously pursued counter-terrorism efforts against al Qaeda and ISIS, and sought to prepare the United States for potential near-peer conflict by enhancing...

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AIA Calls on President Trump and Congress to Reopen Government

Arlington, Va. — Shutting down portions of the government takes unnecessary risks and imposes needless delays on key government programs. America needs an immediate bipartisan solution that fully funds the government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2019. “We strongly urge Congress and the President to reach an agreement and reopen the closed agencies as quickly as possible,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “Essential science, space exploration, and air traffic control modernizati...

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AIA Welcomes U.S. Space Command Announcement

Arlington, Va. — We welcome the Administration’s continued focus on space and its importance to our national security. The newly announced U.S. Space Command has the potential to strengthen the United States’ ability to address the growing threats we face. But we must ensure that the process to stand it up is integrated with the other organizations that have been leading this work, because our country cannot afford to lose momentum in this critical area. “Our everyday lives, the Ameri...

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AIA Releases Cybersecurity Standard

Arlington, Va. —The Aerospace Industries Association today is releasing a National Aerospace Standard on cybersecurity that provides the aerospace and defense industry a dynamic, risk-based solution to addressing threats and ensuring resilience in the increasingly complex cybersecurity ecosystem. “With aggressive state and non-state cyber actors targeting the United States, it is essential that our industry work collectively to protect technology and information,” said Eric Fanning, AIA...

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AIA welcomes Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan

The White House’s Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan, released today, recognizes the importance of a diverse STEM workforce and underscores that we must work together to improve STEM education in the United States for all Americans. America is a beacon for innovation around the world – but with an older, retiring STEM workforce, we must take the appropriate steps to ensure that continues. To grow our workforce for the future, our country must make it easier for people from diverse ...

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AIA Announces Board Appointments for 2019

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association has appointed Harris Corporation’s Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer William M. Brown as Chairman of AIA’s Board of Governors for 2019. Kelly Ortberg, Chief Executive Officer of Collins Aerospace, will serve as Vice Chairman. Eric Fanning has been reappointed as President and CEO and Ginette Colot has been reappointed as Secretary‑Treasurer. “AIA and its members are a dynamic force for America, connecting and inspi...

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AIA Mourns President George H.W. Bush

Statement by AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning on the passing of President George H.W. Bush. Arlington, Va. — Today America mourns the passing of a great American patriot, President George H.W. Bush. Throughout his life, President Bush was a dedicated public servant with a grand vision of what America should aspire to be. From his service as a naval aviator during World War II, through his time in Congress and as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to his terms as Vice President a...

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AIA Recognizes John Morrocco with 2018 Lyman Award

Arlington, Va. — John Morrocco, a widely respected journalist with Aviation Week & Space Technology and public relations executive with The Boeing Company, has been posthumously selected to receive the 2018 Lauren “Deac” Lyman award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. “Our community was saddened to lose John Morrocco this year and honored to recognize him and his legacy with this year’s Lyman Award,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “During his l...

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