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Fostering the Manufacturing & Defense Industrial Base of the Future

On July 21, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13806, Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States. The Executive Order recognizes “the ability of the United States to maintain readiness, and to surge in response to an emergency, directly relates to the capacity, capabilities and resiliency of our manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains.” Specifically in response to Executive Order 138...

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2018 Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colo.

AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colo. April 19, 2018 Remarks as prepared for delivery It’s great to be back in Colorado Springs with so many friends and colleagues. I was last here in 2014, serving as Acting Secretary of the Air Force. During that time in the Air Force as well as leading the U.S. Army, I was confronted daily with just how integrated space systems are into modern military operations. There is no question in my mind that they are e...

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Foreign Trade: Supporting America's Manufacturing Base

Specifically in response to Executive Order 13806, AIA established an Industrial Base Working Group comprised of senior industry thought leaders to serve as industry’s main conduit of information and dialogue with DOD and other agencies. AIA is releasing these findings to coincide with and inform the ongoing manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chain assessment.   ...

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Think Bigger UAS Infographic

In the not-too-distant future, large UAS will begin populating the skies: transporting cargo, fighting fires, delivering WiFi and even flying people around the world.

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Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and the Next Major Shift in Aviation

The rise of unmanned aircraft is steadily changing U.S. business, society and government and the next 20 years will be even more consequential as larger and larger autonomous aircraft fill the skies. As more and more large commercial unmanned aircraft – also known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – enter service, they will drive economic activity that easily eclipses the contributions made so far by smaller consumer-origin unmanned systems. To learn more, we've provided a PDF you can v...

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AIA's Engine Icing Working Group Report on Engine Probe Icing

In response to tasking by the FAA as defined in a letter dated July 3, 2013, titled, “Request Formation of Advisory Group to Address Specific Engine and Installation Icing Issues,” the Engine Icing Working Group (EIWG) has studied the issue of engine probe icing and its effect on engines and airframe systems. In order to address temperature probes, combined temperature and pressure probes, or static pressure probes, the EIWG has developed a process which can be used to evaluate probe be...

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AIA 53rd Annual Media Luncheon

AIA 53rd Annual Media Luncheon Thursday, December 14 David F. Melcher President & CEO, Aerospace Industries Association Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon. This is the third time I’ve had the privilege of addressing the aerospace and defense media in the presence of staff and executives from many of our member companies, and I’m pleased to be here. And congratulations to our Lyman Award winner Rick Kennedy. I’m so glad you and your wife Jane are with us today. ...

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AIA, CSIS Release Executive Summary of New Report

Today, AIA released the Executive Summary of a study we conducted with the Center for Strategic and International Studies entitled, “Measuring the Impact of Sequestration and the Defense Drawdown on the Industrial Base, 2011-2015.” Through analysis of publicly available contract data, the study details sequestration’s actual impact – lost suppliers, changes in competition and market structure, and other turmoil – on the defense industrial base. Delving into data available from...

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AIA Releases Report on Unmanned Aircraft Systems technology and regulation

Today, the Aerospace Industries Association released its latest report on the unmanned systems sector, “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Technology Acceleration & Regulatory Challenges.” A leader in advocating for the policies and budgets required for the aerospace enterprise and the industry that supports it to thrive, AIA’s latest report details both the regulatory challenges and operational opportunities that exist in the consistently-growing unmanned technology field. The report, an u...

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Florida Aerospace & Defense Workforce Summit, Palm Bay, Fla.

Remarks by David F. Melcher President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association Florida Aerospace & Defense Workforce Summit Harris Corporation Technology Center Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Good morning.  This forum provides a tremendous opportunity to address Florida’s aerospace and defense workforce needs and I’m happy to be here. I appreciate seeing so many people from the Florida education community, from our industry which is so active here in the state, and other stakehol...

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Measuring the Impact of Sequestration and the Defense Drawdown on the Industrial Base, 2011-2015

The United States has long recognized the importance of supporting and sustaining an advanced defense industrial base to maintain global technological superiority. Maintaining a technologically superior industrial base requires a wide vendor pool from which to produce products, conduct research and development, and provide services for the Department of Defense (DoD). However, since the implementation of the 2011 Budget Control Act’s (BCA) mandatory reductions to the federal budget, ...

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