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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

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Policy Paper Process

Advocate for the Key Issues Affecting the Aerospace Industry

As the world’s largest aerospace professional society, AIAA has an important role in the national public policy debate. Toward that end, AIAA public policy papers are prepared to convey educational and informational material and may express opinions of and recommendations for action by the government (the U.S. Congress, executive branch departments/agencies, and state legislatures) to address issues of interest or concern to our members. They are a mechanism by which AIAA members contribute to crafting or implementing government solutions to problems. Any AIAA member may initiate a policy paper on aerospace issues for distribution to external audiences by following these guidelines.

The Public Policy Committee (PPC) has established three categories for policy papers:


  1. AIAA Information Paper – The least formal of the policy papers, an Information Paper provides information only on a particular topic but does not make any formal policy recommendations. Information papers are subject to approval at the Section, Technical Program or Standing Committees level.
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  2. AIAA Member/Group Position Paper – This is a statement that provides an objective and balanced analysis of an issue that represents the views of the authoring group or committee, but not necessarily the views of AIAA as a whole. The Member/Group Position Paper may include formal recommendations of government action on the particular issue.

  3. AIAA Position Paper – An AIAA Position Paper provides an objective and balanced study with a clear AIAA position on the best course of action by government to address issues of interest or concern to AIAA members. These papers are subject to approval by the Board of Directors and the prerequisite reviews and approval by the PPC and the Technical Activities Committee (TAC). Please review the January 2011 governing document if you are interested in submitting an AIAA Position Paper.
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