Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association offers its congratulations to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker after being confirmed Tuesday by the United States Senate. Among other responsibilities, Secretary Pritzker will be tasked with implementing the administration’s National Export Initiative, as a key to winning the future and preserving high quality, high paying jobs.
“Secretary Pritzker brings decades of experience as a business executive to this important position,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Her business acumen will be a great asset to both the Obama Administration and to industry as we work together on advancing U.S. exports and trade, and on other issues.”
International opportunities are more important than ever to U.S. aerospace companies across every sector of the industry in the current economic environment. AIA has worked closely with the Department of Commerce on issues such as maintaining vital weather satellite coverage continuity in both the polar and geostationary orbits, as well as ensuring America’s aerospace technology, like NextGen, enjoys a global presence and promoting export control reform. The aerospace and defense industry boasts the largest positive contribution to the U.S. trade balance of any manufacturing sector at $65.7 billion in 2012.