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Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colo.

AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colo. April 4, 2017 Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank you and good afternoon. As CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, I represent over 330 members, including companies who were present at the dawn of the space age 60 years ago, as well as newer space firms who are having an impact on the industry. On behalf of all our companies, I am truly honored to be here once again at the Space Symposium. I want to ...

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Funding Our Future: AIA Recommendations for Increasing NASA's Budget

NASA has done great things – our robotic spacecraft have visited every planet in the solar system, we have discovered that nearly every star in the sky has its own planetary system and we have begun to understand our planet as a complex system. However, we should acknowledge that we have fallen short of our potential as a nation. Why? AIA believes that our nation is underfunding NASA and shortchanging our future. While we’re not advocating for a return to 1960s-era funding levels of ...

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52nd Annual Aerospace & Defense Luncheon, remarks as prepared

Remarks by David F. Melcher President & CEO Aerospace Industries Association AIA 52nd Annual Media Luncheon Tuesday, December 6  Remarks as prepared Good afternoon and welcome to AIA’s 52nd annual Media Luncheon, a great tradition for sharing insights with our friends in industry and media as one year ends and another begins. I was reminded recently that when this community gathered for the first media luncheon in 1965, the aerospace and defense industry had a lot on our plate: th...

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The Strength To Lift America: The State of the U.S. Aerospace & Defense Industry 2016

In January 2016, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) partnered with business information group IHS Markit to produce an economic impact study of the U.S. Aerospace and Defense industry. The study, which was published in April of 2016, provided a comprehensive picture of the A&D industry through an array of key metrics that assessed industry size and performance at the national and state level. AIA’s new State of the Industry Report features the findings of the IHS Markit study along...

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The Defining Workforce Challenge in U.S. Aerospace & Defense

A highly skilled and robust defense and aerospace workforce is essential to our nation’s security and economic prosperity. Yet today the industry faces impending retirements and a shortage of trained technical graduates while work and skills requirements become increasingly advanced – a challenging situation forecast to worsen in the next decade.

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Inside Aerospace: Working Together to Build the Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow

Th is Report and Recommendations is the result of the sessions and discussions held at Inside Aerospace — An International Forum for Aviation and Space Leaders, held 13–14 May 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The forum was organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and co-sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the Aerospace Department Chairs Association (ADCA).

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AIA Chairman Marillyn A. Hewson at Summer SMC meeting

Aerospace Industries Association Supplier Management Council Summer Meeting Fort Worth, Texas Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Marillyn A. Hewson AIA Chariman and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation Remarks AS PREPARED Thank you, Dave, and good morning, everyone. It’s my honor to welcome you on behalf of the 125,000 men and women of Lockheed Martin and to serve as host for this year’s AIA Supplier Management Council Summer Meeting. We’re gl...

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Earth Observation Report

The Aerospace Industries Association takes great pride in our member companies’ work in support of the space-based Earth observations capabilities that NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other government agencies put to use on behalf of our nation and people worldwide. Today, as this report details, space-based Earth observations are critical to saving lives in the event of natural disasters, improving the management of our resources and infrastructure, understanding our weath...

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Dave Melcher Remarks at the 32nd Space Symposium

Thank you and good morning.  It is my pleasure to speak to you on behalf of America’s aerospace industry – an industry that includes established companies and new entrants – both of which are essential to our 21st century space ambitions. It’s an honor to follow Congressman Jim Bridenstine who has brought new energy and commitment to the space policy discussion on Capitol Hill. I’m also very pleased to be the warm up act for NASA’s leader, Administrator Charlie Bolden.  His pa...

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Aviation: A Key to Economic Prosperity

Aeronautics – the science of flight – is a cornerstone of economic prosperity and is critical to maintaining our national security and defense. Today’s aviation industry owes its successes to U.S.-led research and development efforts to improve safety, reliability, and efficiency of air travel. U.S. leadership in aerospace – specifically in aeronautics – has established the United States as the destination for students from around the world who seek to learn from the world’s le...

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Life Cycle Benefits of Collaborative MBSE Use for Early Requirements Development

AIA believes government and industry can realize significant benefits by increasing and improving collaborative government and industry use of Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE), especially during the early requirements definition phase. This white paper discusses the current state and benefits of MBSE across the entire life cycle and provides proposals for addressing such issues as MBSE Collaborative Framework, Government Data Rights, Intellectual Property, and Life Cycle Effectiveness with...

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