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2017 Facts & Figures

Today, America’s Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry is a thriving sector that embodies the best of our nation. Whether making our country more secure and globally competitive, enhancing aviation safety, extending the horizons of exploration and research, or driving the edge of innovation, the A&D industry is at the core of American economic strength and prosperity. The 2017 Facts & Figures also reiterates the importance of A&D in sustaining our nation’s security, pr...

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Aviation: A Critical Component of National Infrastructure

Today, America is on the move. Relying on an aging maritime, highway, rail, and airspace infrastructure, entire sectors of American industry are utilizing the nation’s transportation systems to move people and product; with the demand signal to do so faster and more efficiently growing exponentially. In the face of such a demand, we must be careful to not frame our future “infrastructure investments” solely on our terrestrial system of highways and bridges. Instead, any investment in infr...

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Engine for Growth: Analysis and Recommendations for U.S. Space Industry Competitiveness

Having a strong domestic space industry is crucial to our nation’s economic vitality and security. The U.S. space industry, which U.S. government national security and civil space programs increasingly depend upon, generates innovative solutions, export revenues and high technology jobs for our citizens, while underpinning our security in ways that are seldom understood by the public. Unfortunately, while the U.S. has long led in the commercial, civil, and national security space domains, ...

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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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