AIA chairman calls for growing STEM workforce | Boeing developing aircraft to meet future Army requirements | Wilson leaves legacy of support for R&D at Air Force
May 17, 2019
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AIA chairman calls for growing STEM workforce
In an Op-Ed in The Hill, AIA Chairman Bill Brown calls for expanded investments in three key areas: collaboration, inclusion and innovative educational policies. Apprenticeship programs by the Aerospace Industries Association have been an important tool in developing skilled STEM workers in the US. The programs were created in response to a White House executive order.
The Hill (5/16) 
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Boeing developing aircraft to meet future Army requirements
Boeing is at work on a Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft design for the Army after being awarded a $772 million contract for its development. Boeing says the SB-1 Defiant, being developed with Sikorsky, could be suitable for the Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft needs.
Rotor & Wing International (5/16) 
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Wilson leaves legacy of support for R&D at Air Force
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is in her final month before leaving government service to return to academia. She says she is working right up to the end. "Secretary Wilson had the guts to look the Russia and China threat in the face," Rebecca Grant, an aerospace analyst says.
Defense News (5/16) 
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Airbus considers acquisition of Bombardier wing facility
Airbus may be a buyer of Bombardier's wing manufacturing facility in Belfast. Airbus is a customer of the facility and says it has been considering buying the plant since Bombardier confirmed it is looking to sell.
The Guardian (London) (5/16),  Reuters (5/16) 
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Researchers use drones to learn more about supercells, tornadoes
Researchers have undertaken a drone-focused project intended to provide greater insight into how supercell storms generate tornadoes. The effort includes almost the entire Plains area, with the first phase underway until June 16 and the second phase set for 2020.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/14) 
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A&D Workforce
Seattle sends 6 teams to Rocketry Challenge national finals
The Seattle area has six teams competing in the Rocketry Challenge finals this year. Some 830 teams entered the Aerospace Industries Association event, and the top finalists will compete in the finals this weekend.
GeekWire (5/16) 
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Artemis mission to take US back to moon
NASA's mission to put astronauts on the moon in 2024 has been named Artemis. The White House, meanwhile, is requesting $1.6 billion for NASA to advance the moon mission.
USA Today (5/14) 
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AIA: Bold moon vision requires stronger commitment
President Donald Trump has articulated a bold vision to return American men and women to the moon by 2024. Providing $1.6 billion in additional NASA funding in fiscal year 2020 is an important step forward, but it will take substantial and sustained increases in funding over the next five years. It will also require educating and training the workforce who design and build the systems and machines that will take us there. Rather than decreasing Pell Grant funding in this proposal, we should be expanding the use of Pell Grants to shorter-term certification programs to close the ever-widening skills gap. Read AIA's full statement and see Politico's coverage on the statement.
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Space operations knowledge a desired skill set for Air Force
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says the service could set up guidelines to fast-track careers for officers with skills in the areas of space, cybersecurity and nuclear arms. "We are revising promotion guidance to try to align with what we really value," she says.
Space News International (5/16) 
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AIA News
Register: AIA receptions at the 2019 International Paris Air Show
Registration has opened for AIA's two evening receptions at the Paris International Air Show – the AIA President's Reception on June 16 and the US Industry Reception on June 17. Gathering government and industry representatives, these receptions aim to strengthen relationships for the American aerospace and defense industry and expand its access to the global marketplace. AIA will also be supporting the US military aircrews and the static display at the DOD Corral through our Operations Center and will have a strong presence at the show.

Find more information, sponsorship opportunities, and purchase tickets to the receptions, here.
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