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Policy Papers

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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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.

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AIAA Sets Out "A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity" (2013)

AIAA officially released its decision paper "A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity" on 13 August 2013 during the AIAA AVIATION 2013 conference, held in Los Angeles. "A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity" outlines the existing and evolving cyber threat to the world’s $2.2 trillion commercial aviation enterprise, and notes the lack of international agreement on cybersecurity as it relates to aviation. AIAA President-Elect Jim Albaugh said, “It is my hope that the world’s aviation community implements the framework proposed in this paper, to better safeguard and ensure the future of aviation. Only a vigilant, unified, and coordinated approach will allow us to craft the best possible defenses against the sophisticated and ever-evolving range of threats we face.”

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