AIAA leads the way on issue advocacy that impacts the Aerospace sector. 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.
Joint White Paper Supports
FY17 NASA Aeronautics Funding
17 March 2016: AIAA has joined the Aerospace Industries Association to release a joint white paper to help justify and support NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) priorities. The President has requested $790 million for ARMD in Fiscal Year 2017, $150 million (or 23 percent) above its Fiscal Year 2016 appropriation. This increase supports a 10-year, $10.6 billion plan that includes the accelerated development of several experimental “X-planes” to demonstrate and validate the ability to fly at supersonic speed over land and new environmentally friendly technologies that dramatically reduce fuel consumption, emissions, and noise.
"Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space"
On Friday, 4 March 2016, a coalition of space organizations released a joint white paper, "Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space", at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
The work highlights and addresses the challenges facing continued U.S. exploration and use of space, and the need for the next administration and Congress to make space policy a priority. The paper offers sensible policy solutions to the four most common challenges that continued space exploration and use efforts face – unpredictable budgeting, foreign competition, the hostile space environment, and workforce trends.
Tackling Important Policies
AIAA continues to be engaged in important matters that have a great impact on our community and affect the Institute as a business. Public access to federally funded research, particularly research that results in peer-reviewed journal articles, has been an issue we have been following for several years now. We continue to seek a sustainable compromise between providing wider access to government funded research while preserving flexible, evidence-based business models. There is still work to be done and we will continue to play an active role in advocating for approaches that does not harm the peer-review process and undermine a fundamental role of AIAA and its fellow technical societies in publishing, preserving, and disseminating cutting edge technical content.
In addition, we are presently part of a large coalition composed of other scientific and engineering societies actively advocating for the easing of travel restrictions for federal employees attending science and technology conferences. Coalition members have held several meetings with congressional offices in an attempt to incorporate language into germane legislation that will define an exemption for the sciences. AIAA has also been engaged in formal conversations with federal agencies to find ways to ease the restrictions at the department-level. To assist with our advocacy efforts, we encourage AIAA members to submit stories highlighting the importance of conference participation to a healthy scientific and technical community. Tell us about a collaboration that started at a conference and led to an exciting new discovery, or how you were exposed to a new way of thinking that was crucial to your success in your field.
Join the Institute's Public Policy Activities
AIAA’s Public Policy Committee (PPC) recently has undergone a significant reorganization in an effort to become more efficient, more relevant, and better positioned. The new PPC is now composed of six outcome-based working groups, each led by two co-chairs appointed by the Vice President of Public Policy. The working groups will focus on Key Issue Development, the Congressional Visits Day Program, Forum Integration, States Advocacy, Engagement Activities, and Honors & Awards. This structure provides every AIAA member with an opportunity to participate in our public policy activities at a variety of levels and as their ability to participate allows. AIAA members interested in serving on one or more of the working groups should contact Steve Sidorek at firstname.lastname@example.org.