Federal acquisition policy expressly recognizes the importance of the contractor’s ability to earn reasonable returns on business with the Government. Recent acquisition trends and policies, however, have attacked the profit and fee portions of contractor’s prices, either through the elimination of fee on certain cost elements or by negotiation strategies impacting overall returns on government contracts. Industry believes acquisition trends focused on elements of profitability, including changes to contract cash flow and policies for R&D funding, will have negative consequences for the Government and the nation as a whole as contractors and investors move resources away from unprofitable government business.
The Product Support Executive Board is producing a series of briefs assessing the impact of in-sourcing policies enacted by the Department of Defense (DOD). The first in this series examines best practices for producing the most benefit for the warfighter and taxpayer.
National security space systems provide missile warning and defense; global communications; environmental monitoring; global positioning, navigation and timing; launch capability, and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance. They are the bedrock of our 21st century military capabilities and part of our economy’s critical infrastructure. Yet in light of an increasingly contested, congested and competitive space domain – and a national security space industrial base that is increasingly fragile – it is more important than ever to match policy goals with strong leadership, integrated strategy and the long-term funding and stability needed to maintain cutting edge and cost-effective space programs.
Civil aviation has always played a vital role in the health of the world’s economy and the well-being of its inhabitants. It facilitates commerce and connects families, friends and cultures across borders and oceans the way no other mode of travel can. Civil aviation is also vital to global humanitarian missions, bringing lifesaving equipment and personnel to disaster zones around the world.
This report is an initial statement of the likely impact of these technologies and the business, technical, cultural, operational and security implications for our industry. The key characteristics of each technology are described in the following sections along with the claimed benefits, risks and mitigations. Each section provides recommendations to help companies exploit the technologies and proposes supporting actions where it is appropriate for the AIA to act on behalf of the industry.
The U.S. economy is globally competitive, which magnifies the importance of our tax policy. Higher tax rates and complex tax regulations in the United States have produced a competitive
disadvantage for the United States and U.S.-based business activities. This disadvantage leads to fewer companies doing business in the United States, which results in a falloff in jobs and lower economic growth.
To advance our nation’s manufacturing base into the 21st century and increase the number of high-wage jobs in the United States, the government must develop and implement tax policies that will eliminate global disadvantages and allow the aerospace industry to grow.
In the early 1990s Congress recognized the opportunities commercial products provided to the Government and that procurement statutes were not well-suited to acquiring those items from commercial companies. Statutes were enacted to incorporate free-market principles into the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by encouraging both the acquisition of commercial items and services and the use of commercial practices. The recommendations of the Section 800 Panel Report of 1993 were to simplify the regulations and to more closely parallel commercial contracting practices. Specifically, FAR Part 12, “Acquisition of Commercial Items,” and the corresponding definitions of “commercial item” at FAR Part 2 were rewritten to exempt commercial item vendors from many burdensome regulatory provisions.
The Lead (Pb)-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Consortium recently released the following white paper entitled “Reliability Assessment of Lead-free Electronics in the Aerospace, Defense and High Performance Electronics Industries.” The White Paper states that it is premature to rely solely on known reliability standards for qualification of systems containing lead-free assemblies in critical, high-reliability, harsh environment applications without rigorous assessment of application requirements.
Modernizing the U.S. export control regime is vital to the aerospace and defense industry. The following 10 key facts illustrate how prudent and appropriate changes to the system will support U.S. national security and foreign policy interests while also helping American companies become more competitive in the global marketplace.
The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) transforms the National Airspace System to meet future safety, security, capacity and environmental needs. The full implementation of NextGen will fundamentally change air traffic management by combining new technologies for surveillance, navigation and communications with procedural changes and airfield development.
The aerospace and civil aviation industries account for nearly 15 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and support approximately 11 million domestic jobs. Consequently, America’s economic growth and national security depend on this high technology workforce, which includes many segments of applied research including air transportation, military operations, and space-based communications. Yet these U.S. firms, which produce the world’s most reliable aerospace systems and sub-systems, must compete with a foreign marketplace in which government entities underwrite a significant portion of the industry’s civil aeronautics research and development.
This document contains guidelines to assist organizations in developing an overall Electronic Knowledge Management strategy. It addresses the challenges of capturing and retaining the tacit knowledge from members of a workforce so that it can be exploited across the organization, even after individuals are no longer present, and managing ESI and other forms of information.
U.S. space efforts — civil, commercial and national security — drive our nation’s competitiveness, economic growth and innovation. To maintain U.S. preeminence in this sector and to allow space to act as a technological driver for current and future industries, our leadership must recognize space as a national priority and robustly fund its programs.