AIA Launches “Second to None” Campaign to Oppose Spending Cuts

AIA PR — The Aerospace Industries Association is launching a new campaign to provide information about the industry, potential job losses and national security risks while budgets are being eyed for sweeping reductions. The campaign, titled Second to None, is a public education initiative aimed at ensuring that the U.S. aerospace and defense industry continues to lead the world.

The aerospace and defense industry is a powerful contributor to the economy. According to estimates from Deloitte Development LLC, 2010 aerospace and defense employment stands at more than one million and revenues are nearly $331 billion. The Deloitte estimates place total direct employment by aerospace and defense companies at over 1 million workers.


AIA Sets Press Conference to Discuss “Devastating Job Losses” in Aerospace Industry

AIA PR — The Aerospace Industries Association and leading industry CEOs are holding a press conference Wednesday September 14 on the devastating job losses, national security threats and infrastructure implications that would result from budget cuts put in motion by this summer’s debt-ceiling deal. AIA and the CEOs of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Pratt & Whitney and other firms will address the long-term costs that another round of major cuts would have on the defense capabilities, industrial workforce, and America’s legacy of innovation in space and civil aviation leadership.

AIA Chairman James F. Albaugh, President & Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Airplanes, The Boeing Company
AIA Vice Chairman David P. Hess, President, Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation
Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO
Charles A. Gray, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Frontier Electronic Systems
Dawne S. Hickton, Vice Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer, RTI International Metals, Inc.
Richard L. McNeel, Chairman, President & CEO of LORD Corporation

What: Press briefing discussing the devastating impact on aerospace and defense jobs resulting from further defense cuts.

When: Wednesday, September 14. Doors open at 9:45am and the briefing will begin at 10:00am.

Where: The Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club

Please RSVP to Dan Stohr at or (703) 358-1078.

AIA, Machinists Union Urge Obama to Protect Aerospace, Defense Jobs

AIA PR — September 02, 2011 — The International Association of Machinists and the Aerospace Industries Association sent a letter to President Obama Sept. 1 urging him to preserve the aerospace and defense industry and its high-skilled workforce.

“As you finalize proposals to save and create American jobs, we urge you to consider the vital role that our second to none aerospace and defense industry has played in America’s global leadership, and to keep in mind the many thousands of aerospace and defense workers that face the loss of their jobs in these difficult economic times,” the letter urged.


AIA Chief: Spend Money at Home, Not in Russia

Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey

With the retirement of the historic space shuttle, the United States now runs the risk of becoming a supplicant: we will have no choice but to pay the Russians $60 million a seat to send a U.S. astronaut to the International Space Station. Instead of funding Russia’s space program, it would seem to anyone with the long view that these taxpayer dollars would be better spent investing in new NASA programs for commercial space flight and Mars exploration. These initiatives would put thousands of soon to be unemployed aerospace workers back to work and advance science and technology in countless ways.

Indiscriminate cuts in our aerospace research and development programs will have little short-term impact on our deficit but far reaching consequences for our economic health.

AIA Blasts Cuts in NASA, NOAA Budgets

ARLINGTON, Va., July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Aerospace Industries Association is concerned about the substantial cuts being made to the budgets of NASA and NOAA in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science markup of the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill.

“We recognize that tough economic times call for tough choices,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “However, cutting NASA and NOAA this deeply threatens American leadership in space and impairs our ability to make life-saving weather predictions.”


AIA: Send Lawyers, Guns and Money…Well, Mostly Just Money

AIA Calls for Continued Aerospace Investment
“Second to None” Federal Budget Education Campaign Launched
AIA PR — June 30, 2011

Former FAA Administrator and current President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, Marion C. Blakey, called for accelerated implementation of FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System and increased U.S. investment in research and development to avoid losing our leadership in aerospace and defense.


AIA Encouraged By New National Security Space Strategy


AIA is very encouraged that the newly released National Security Space Strategy emphasizes the need for a healthy space industrial base.

“We’ve long supported a more cohesive, strategic approach to managing our nation’s space enterprise,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “The strategy’s commitment to maintaining a healthy industrial base, including focused science, research and development efforts and promoting STEM education and professional development is crucial to success in the space arena.”


Video: AIA Year-End Review and 2011 Aerospace Forecast

Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey reviews the past year in America aerospace and looks ahead to 2011 in an address to about 400 people on Dec. 15. You can download her address and AIA’s full report here.

AIA: American Aerospace Had “Solid Performance” in 2010


With another solid financial performance in 2010, the aerospace industry has again demonstrated its vital importance to the U.S. economy.

“Aerospace has produced solid results, including a new sales record for the seventh straight year, leading all manufacturers in trade surplus and providing a sense of stability amidst the chaos of economic upheaval,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

In her remarks to more than 300 members of the news media, government and industry at the association’s 46th annual Year-end Review and Forecast Luncheon, Blakey cited a preliminary total aerospace sales figure of $216.5 billion.

Aerospace orders made a strong bounce back into positive territory, increasing 20 percent over 2009.


AIA, AIAA Applaud as Obama Administration Moves Forward on ITAR Reform

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) have both applauded efforts announced this week by the Obama Administration to continue reforming the nation’s restrictive ITAR export reform laws.

“AIAA applauds President Obama’s recently announced changes to the ITAR policy that will consolidate the export review process under one agency, and will better enable the flow of U.S. products into the international marketplace without compromising national security,” said AIAA President Mark Lewis.


AIA Praises Obama’s Statements on Export Control Reform, Trade Policies


Statement by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

We’re very pleased that President Obama is making it a priority this year to double exports, enforce trade agreements and reform export controls consistent with national security. Trade expansion and export control modernization are longtime priorities of AIA and recognition of their importance by the President sets a positive tone for action this year.


AIA: Human Spaceflight Needs More Money



The summary issued yesterday by The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, chaired by Norm Augustine, points to a crossroads in human space exploration programs, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said.

“We agree with the Committee’s conclusion that the U.S. faces a critical need for greater investment in the future of human space exploration,” said Blakey. “American leadership in this crucial international arena is perishable without a national commitment and a program matched with the resources needed for its execution.”


AIA CEO Praises NRC Space Report

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AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey Statement

Aerospace Industries Association is encouraged by recommendations in the recent space policy report from the National Research Council calling for increased coordination and leadership of our nation’s space capabilities. “America’s Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs,” adds another influential voice to the debate on renewing and maintaining U.S. leadership in space.

AIA made a similar recommendation, in a report released this January. “The Role of Space in Addressing America’s National Priorities,” calls for the nation’s space capabilities to be coordinated, at the highest level, as a singular enterprise.

Over the past 50 years, space systems and technologies have increasingly become a vital part of our nation’s economic, scientific and national security capabilities. Given our dependence on space assets and increasing international competition, the seamless integration of space activities into national policy is absolutely necessary.

AIA, ADS Push Governments to Keep Aerospace Spending High



Industry leaders from the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) exchanged views June 16 on the current economic situation and the impact of government policy responses on the aerospace and defence industry.

Following the exchange, ASD and AIA issued the following statement:

If our respective governments continue to foster a climate in which the aerospace and defence sector can thrive, our member companies will continue to deliver products and services that contribute to global safety, security and economic prosperity. As governments across the globe forge closer partnerships with industry, our industry remains a powerful and reliable source of high tech manufacturing and engineering employment, advanced technological innovation, environmental stewardship, and export revenue. As leaders in the global marketplace, we are weathering the current economic difficulties and will continue to play a major role in the recovery.


AIA: NASA Funding Critical to U.S. Leadership in Space


NASA stands front and center as the most visible representation of the U.S. space program and is critical to our country’s future leadership and competitiveness, AIA Vice President of Space Systems J.P. Stevens said Thursday.

“Over the last 50 years, space technologies have increasingly become an important part of our nation’s economic, scientific and national security fabric,” Stevens said in testimony to the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. “However, other nations are making rapid advancements, and our leadership in space is no longer guaranteed.”