Defense Research and Development

Defense Research & Development: From the Warfighter to American Consumers, Redefining Everyday Lives Through Innovation

Federal investments in science and technology research and development are threatened by the current budget environment. The Aerospace Industries Association is embarking on an education effort to inform policymakers, elected leaders and the American public on the impact of federal R&D dollars on the innovations that redefine our everyday lives.

This report –…

Restoring Balance in the Defense Acquisition System

Restoring Balance in the Defense Acquisition System

Over the past quarter century, more than 300 commissions and studies have produced a variety of recommendations – some of which have become law – to change the way the U.S. military develops and buys new weapons systems. Yet the Department of Defense acquisition system continues to take longer…

Easing the Burden: Reducing the cost of national security space capabilities

Easing the Burden: Reducing the cost of national security space capabilities

For more than five decades, our national security space assets have grown tremendously more capable and essential to our nation’s armed forces and national security decision makers. They are invaluable for keeping our military second to none. Unfortunately, the space sector – as the Pentagon noted in the 2011 National Security Space Strategy…

Unsolved - The Continuing Saga of Lead-Free Electronics in Aerospace, Defense and High Performance P

Unsolved - The Continuing Saga of Lead-Free Electronics in Aerospace, Defense and High Performance Products

European Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) and the Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC)ii have changed the global supply chain for materials used in aerospace products. The result of this market shift is of…

Aerospace Industry Guidelines for Implimenting Interoperability Standards for Engineering Data

Aerospace Industry Guidelines for Implimenting Interoperability Standards for Engineering Data

The variety of engineering tools used to support design, procurement, manufacturing, and support of aerospace products has never been greater. From company to company, tools and processes range from manual capture in 2D drawings to sophisticated 3D models that are tightly integrated with other enterprise systems - this guide…

Continuing Quest for Quieter Aircraft

Continuing Quest for Quieter Aircraft

Modern day jet aircraft are more fuel efficient and quieter than ever before.  In the past 40 years jet aircraft have not only gained 70 percent greater fuel efficiency but are also about 90 percent quieter than their predecessors.  In the meantime, air traffic continues to increase – predicted…

2013 Year-End Review and Forecast

2013 Year-End Review and Forecast

The U.S. aerospace and defense industry is facing some of its greatest challenges in decades. While weathering numerous trials during 2013, our industry produced relatively flat results compared with 2012. An overall slight decrease in sales is forecast, reaching $220.1 billion for 2013 – down from $222 billion last…

Sustaining the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Commercial Items - Equipping Our Service Members with the Best

Commercial Items - Equipping Our Service Members with the Best

Using commercial items provides the Department of Defense (DOD) with distinct military advantages – access to a wide array of technologies and products developed through industry investment, generally at a lower cost and with a quicker turn-around time than through traditional acquisition programs.  Commercial purchases allow for faster insertion…

Sequester, Defense Budgets and the Industrial Base

Sequester, Defense Budgets and the Industrial Base

Mandatory budget cuts will dramatically and disproportionately reduce the Defense Department’s modernization accounts, which will damage the industrial base more severely than is commonly believed. The reasons for this that are enumerated in the paper include: The effects of sequester in 2013 were mitigated; Modernization funding, though roughly one-third…