Human Capital Management

This report provides a framework of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for an organization to assess its ability to retain the critical knowledge that it needs, both internally and within its supply chain. It is recommended that an enterprise should assess its maturity against the KPIs and establish the level of capability that is required to effectively manage its risk as identified by internal business process requirements or mandated by contractual obligations.

Best Practices for Exploiting the Consumerization of Information Technologies

The nature of the aerospace and defense business implies that the industry is one of the most severe test cases for the effective deployment of new consumer devices, virtualization of storage and processors and Internet connectivity. These guidelines describe best practices for companies to assess the risks involved in exploiting new technologies and capabilities within their business, and to operate such equipment to deliver benefits.

Policies and Codes of Conduct for the Use of Social Network

This document recommends templates for the policies and codes of conduct that companies should apply to their employees’ use of social networking tools, depending on whether those tools are hosted in a private, community or public environment. The recommendations are based on best practices from member companies.

Industry Task Force Paper: Defense Executives Assess Business Impacts of Major Budget Cuts

Industry Task Force Paper: Defense Executives Assess Business Impacts of Major Budget Cuts

The $480 billion in additional budget cuts projected over the next decade could cripple certain defense sectors, resulting in an industrial base that is smaller, less innovative, and less responsive to urgent wartime needs.

Defense Acquisition Reform: Moving Toward an Efficient Acquisition System

This report identifies the key elements of the DOD's Efficiencies Initiative that are both doable and necessary. This report also identifies reforms to the system not included in the Efficiencies Initiative that we believe are necessary to ensure the ultimate beneficiary — the warfighter — has the tools needed at a cost that is acceptable to the taxpayer.

The Case for a Defense Industrial Strategy

The defense industrial base is a national strategic asset that has provided the United States with a marked advantage in defense technology for more than six decades. But that asset — the intellectual capital and production capacity of aerospace and defense manufacturing — is at risk of atrophying to a point where it will not be able to provide the weapons systems this country needs in the future.

Defense Investment: Finding the Right Balance

Prepared by AIA’s National Security Council, this paper looks at historical spending in the investment accounts and the ebb and flow of spending since the 1970s. It concludes that our nation and its military members pay a large price when we decrease spending on procurement and R&D. We hope that these conclusions will help today’s officials make the right decisions that will keep our troops safe while maintaining a healthy defense industrial base for the future.

Counterfeit Parts: Increasing Awareness and Developing Countermeasures

Counterfeiting has a long and ignoble history, ranging from art and literature to manufactured goods. Unlike other industries, counterfeiting in the aerospace industry may have life or death consequences. We take the problem seriously. Thus, all stakeholders from industry and government must work together to effectively reduce the introduction of counterfeit parts into the aerospace supply chain and minimize their impact.

Building and Maintaining Value in the National Security Space Industrial Base

Building and Maintaining Value in the National Security Space Industrial Base

Space systems are increasingly providing an unprecedented level of critical national security capability to the U.S. and our warfighters. Yet these systems are often highly complex and not without substantial cost to the taxpayer. In light of growing pressure on federal government budgets it will be important to ensure that our nation maintains a strong space industrial base while also providing value to both the taxpayer and warfighter. Following AIA’s recent Tipping Point report, AIA looks at specific examples of space capabilities that are absolutely vital to our security and provides recommendations on the path forward:

  • A survey of our national security space industrial base and areas of concern.
  • Recommendations of steps to build and maintain value in the national security space sector.
  • An industry analysis of funding stability, block satellite buys, sourcing wisely, and other important measures.