AIA: Consolidation is Market-Driven and Enhances Efficiency

Statement by AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher on recent DOD comments regarding mergers and consolidation

Arlington, Va. — Consolidation is market-driven and enhances the efficiency with which we deliver the world’s best equipment to the American warfighter.  To encourage competition and a healthy and strong industrial base, we need stable, predictable and sufficient budgets to support our national security strategies. We urge Congress to overturn the Budget Control Act caps, enact a budget deal that supports investment in American capability and return to a budgeting process that promotes stability and predictability in contract awards.

Ex-Im Bank:  A Key Component for Maintaining America‚Äôs Global Influence

Appeared in the Sept. 14, 2015 edition of  Defense News, on page 37.  By John J. Hamre and David F. Melcher.

Shutting down Ex-Im would also threaten American national security interests. American aerospace and defense companies have relied on overseas markets, particularly commercial markets serviced by Ex-Im loans, to keep the defense industrial base healthy as U.S. defense spending has declined.  Without Ex-Im, U.S. industrial production will decline, with fewer revenue and jobs throughout the aerospace and defense supply chain, leading to higher unit costs for the military systems our armed forces buy. The same dynamic occurred in the shipbuilding sector in the 1980s with devastating results that continue to be felt today.

AIA Brings Aboard Three Division Leaders

Arlington, Va. —The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased to announce that three leaders with extensive government and industry experience will be joining the AIA team.  John Luddy has been named Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy (NS&AP), William ‘Doc’ Syers joins AIA as Vice President for Legislative Affairs and Paul Paolozzi will lead the Communications team as Vice President of Communications.

David F. Melcher Named President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association

Arlington, Va. —The Aerospace Industries Association announced today that David F. Melcher will become its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 8, 2015.

AIA Strongly Supports Higher OCO Funding in Budget Vote

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) strongly encourages a "Yes" vote today on a Senate Budget Committee amendment, expected to be offered by Sen. Lindsey Graham, to raise defense funding above the levels contained in the Chairman's proposal.