Acquisition Reform

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution provides for the core foundation of what America’s governmental functions must be. A key provision is that our government must “provide for the common defense [of the United States].” This is no small task nor is it a given that it will happen on its own. AIA is here to provide the government assistance into what must be done to continue to be the best in the world and to be able to acquire the necessary systems for the protection of the American people.

AIA’s main goal for acquisition reform is to…

Cyber Security

Federal Budgets

The U.S. Government is responsible for developing an annual budget and appropriating funds for critical programs and activities that include some of our most basic constitutional principles such as to "provide for the common defense [of the United States]." At AIA we follow this process closely as it relates to the interests of our members and the aerospace and defense industry at-large. Of critical importance in every annual spending bill of the federal government, is that funding be maintained to ensure the future of our nation's national security, aviation infrastructure and safety and space programs.

Industrial Base

The aerospace and defense industry's industrial base is a complex and diverse network of prime contractors, large companies and a huge network of suppliers who build the systems that support U.S. national security priorities. The network is made up of many small to mid-sized companies which maintain both military and commercial products. The industrial base's workforce delivers products to make our military the most advanced, skilled, effective and best equipped in the world.

To show how our industrial base is competing to provide the best products at the lowest cost while also dealing with changing political and fiscal…

Sequestration

Mandatory, indiscriminant sequestration budget cuts threaten to undermine national security, harm vital government programs and services and damage the economy. Over a nine year period, sequestration will cut defense by roughly $500 billion and non-defense discretionary programs by roughly the same amount. Among these programs are FAA’s operation of the national air transportation systems, NASA’s space exploration activities and NOAA’s weather satellite program.

These automatic, across-the-board, spending cuts of $1 trillion from discretionary spending are required under the Budget Control Act of 2011 due to the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to agree on…

Workforce

A highly skilled and robust aerospace workforce is essential to our national security and economic prosperity. Yet today the industry faces impending retirements and a shortage of trained technical graduates, which is a situation that is forecasted to worsen within the decade. Some companies address this issue by outsourcing work around the globe. In aerospace and defense, however, security requirements dictate that most design work on military systems must be done by U.S. citizens. Thus the need for U.S. developed technical talent is particularly acute to ensure a world-class aerospace workforce ready to lead in a global economy.