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Public Policy

AIAA leads the way on issue advocacy that impacts the Aerospace sector.  In 2013, AIAA led a coalition of organizations that sought exemptions for scientist and researchers from new federal travel and conference expense policies, to allow them continued access to technical conferences and meetings as an opportunity to sustain the open exchange of ideas and research that allows advancement in research and development.  In areas from cybersecurity to developing a new national space technology vision, AIAA continues its thought leadership in public policy.

Upcoming Public Policy Events

Congressional Visits Day 2015

Please join us on 4 March 2015 for AIAA’s Congressional Visits Day, so Congress can hear your voice. You can tell them yourself how important aerospace is to our nation’s continued economic prosperity and national security. To help you attend the event, AIAA is pleased to make limited travel stipends available to defray the cost of participation. For more information on the AIAA Congressional Visits Day program, or on the travel stipends, please contact Steve Sidorek, AIAA Public Policy, at or at 703.264.7625. Please join us on 4 March 2015 to speak up for aerospace.

Explore Today's Top Aerospace Issues

AIAA takes you to the center of public policy developments now shaping the future of aerospace. Check here for the latest policy news and information. Plus AIAA events and initiatives that keep America's leaders informed about our industry's positions on the issues - and the public aware of the continuing benefits that aerospace brings to the country and the world.

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  • Develop authoritative position papers on important policy issues.
  • Conduct workshops that present their findings to key public opinion leaders.
  • Provide timely information in response to breaking events and initiatives.
  • Coordinate expert testimony and information presented to Congress.
  • Foster relationships with the media and the public to give them a better understanding of how aerospace programs benefit the nation's economy, security, and technological growth.

Since 1972, AIAA has contributed extensive technical expertise and policy guidance to Congress and the Executive Branch. We testify before the House and Senate on the full spectrum of aerospace issues. Now we're bringing the specialized knowledge of AIAA's members to bear on current national issues - by enlisting the expanded participation of our 66 sections and 65 technical committees in AIAA's public policy activities.