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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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Policy Papers

As the world’s largest aerospace professional society, the 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. Policy papers are developed and approved for distribution to external audiences according to following the guidelines agreed upon by the Public Policy Committee (PPC) and other applicable Institute stakeholders.

Types of Policy Papers

  1. Information Papers
    A paper that provides information only on a particular topic and does not make any formal policy recommendations. They may be written to support the Institute’s Key Issues. Information papers are subject to approval at the Section, Technical Program, and/or Standing Committee level.

  2. Position Papers
    1. A paper that provides an objective and balanced study with a clear AIAA position on the best course of action by government, industry, academia, or other stakeholders to address an issue of interest or concern to AIAA members. At a minimum, these papers are subject to review and approval by the PPC and the Board of Trustees.
    2. A paper that provides an objective and balanced study reflecting the collective position of a group or coalition of groups within the Institute. The paper may include formal recommendations of government action on the issue. It is important to note that this paper represents the views of the sponsoring group, but not necessarily the views of AIAA.