The Second to None Coalition seeks to support the aerospace and defense industry and help prevent further budget cuts that will irreparably harm the industrial base, our security, economy and national leadership. If you would like to help now, please review and support our Action Alerts and Petitions.
As we seek to ensure our nation’s future fiscal health, we must remind the administration and members of Congress about the significant contributions of aerospace and defense to our national security, technological innovation and economic security. We must provide our warfighters with the equipment and support to ensure they never need to face an opponent on level terms.
Sufficient funding for space programs is vital to our nation’s economy, safety and security. Despite the increasing importance of space to our economy and national security, U.S. space leadership faces very serious challenges.
The U.S. aerospace and defense industry, which encompasses civil, defense and space products and services, delivers the largest manufacturing trade surplus for the U.S. economy year after year, with global exports playing a central role in supporting more than 3.5 million American jobs. America needs focused attention on sustaining and growing aerospace and defense exports for national and economic security.
Air commerce moves the world. Like national defense, the safety and efficiency of the nation’s aviation infrastructure is critical and must not be jeopardized by inadequate funding. The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is key for the growth of the U.S. Civil Aviation Industry.
Our nation is not producing enough qualified workers to fill important jobs at aerospace companies and the shortfall will increase as more employees retire. AIA and our member companies have been actively engaged in addressing the issue.
The aerospace and defense industrial base is at its smallest in 65 years and will erode without significant investment. Continued cuts will jeopardize our ability to provide the nation and our U.S. armed forces with cutting edge technology. We remain concerned and focused on the long-term effects on the industry of cuts already in place as well as our nation’s technological leadership in the years ahead.
Please write to your representatives on the following important issues: