National Security Policy

AIA’s National Security Policy Division is responsible for the implementation of national security policy-related goals stemming from the AIA strategic plan. To do this, the division uses two councils to direct analysis and action on all national security policy related issues, the Defense Policy Council and the Acquisition Policy Council. The Defense Policy Council is composed of senior representatives from AIA’s corporate membership and is responsible for defense policy, budget, resources, and strategy. The Acquisition Policy Council is comprised of the senior corporate contracts Vice Presidents of the major Executive Committee companies and is the primary coordination point for initial input development of acquisition topics for executive-level meetings with DOD.

Independent Research and Development (IR&D)

Better Buying Power 3.0 released in April 2015, identified several proposed changes to IR&D allowability criteria. AIA has commented substantially on what is in BBP 3.0 and has held a number of meetings with DoD where this topic has been addressed that has enabled industry to voice its concerns with what AT&L has proposed. In response, AT&L issued a “White Paper” in August 2015 that revised what was in BBP 3.0 and reflected a number of industry concerns voiced by AIA. The White Paper has now been succeeded by two new IR&D proposed rules issued in February 2016. The first, issued as an ANPRM or Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is focused on IR&D used to reduce bid price on proposal submissions in competitive source selections. The second proposed rule focuses on changes to allowability criteria and follows the roadmap of what was in the August 2015 AT&L “White Paper”. AIA recently provided remarks in a public meeting on the ANPRM (see attached). In addition, both rules are being evaluated by the AIA IR&D Working Group which will coordinate with other affected AIA councils and committees and provide formal response submissions to the DAR Council in April 2016.

Commercial Item Determination and Price Reasonableness

AT&L released a commercial item and price reasonableness proposed rule in 2015, along with a Feb 4 2015 memo to contracting officers on commercial pricing. Both of these drew heavy criticism from AIA, Congress and others, as being out of step with what was in NDAA 2016 as well as being in conflict with internal OSD strategic planning, such as the 3rd Offset Strategy. Subsequently, both the proposed rule and memo to contracting officers have been withdrawn by OSD. With the enactment of NDAA 2016 which contained a significant number of commercial item pricing legislative actions, OSD has indicated it is working on the release of a revised proposed rule that will incorporate what is in NDAA 2016. In addition, OSD has also stated it will concurrently release (in draft for industry comment) an update to its commercial item guidebook that also will reflect the intent of NDAA 2016. AIA will take an active role in thoroughly reviewing and commenting on the release of the proposed rule and guidebook later this year upon release.

Research Papers

2018 Facts and Figures

July 11, 2018 2017 was a very strong year for the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. As you’ll see in the pages that follow, the companies that make up A&D – from manufacturers and designers to suppliers and service providers – are playing a significant and transformative role in the American and global economies. The A&D industry plays a critical role […]

Reinvigorating the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base

December 14, 2017 American forces have been at war for more than 15 years. Combined with spending constraints imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), our armed forces – and our industry – have come under significant strain. Despite the dedication of our troops, and the noble work of our companies, neither the government nor the […]

The Effects of the Budget Control Act of 2011 on the Defense Industrial Base

August 9, 2017 The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is undertaking a study of the effects of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) on mid- and lower-tier suppliers that support key U.S. defense capabilities. This study will attempt to move beyond widespread anecdotes about the damage done by ‘sequestration’ by depicting actual examples of lost suppliers, program delays […]

Councils and Committees


John Luddy

Vice President, National Security Policy

Jason Timm

Assistant Vice President, National Security Policy

Ryan Ouimette

Manager, Acquisition Policy

Samantha Vasquez

Administrative Assistant, National Security Policy & International Affairs