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    AIAA Applauds Long-Term Budget Deal

    AIAA President Calls for a Return to Regular Order and Permanent End to Sequestration

    February 9, 2018 – Reston, Va. – As the world’s largest aerospace technical society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) applauds Congress on its bipartisan effort to fund the government over Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019.

    “While this budget raises defense spending by $165 billion as well as discretionary funding by $131 billion, we encourage members of Congress to complete their work on Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations, providing adequate, stable funding for our nation’s aerospace and defense programs,” said AIAA President Jim Maser.

    “AIAA’s long-held position has been that government funding via continuing resolutions is detrimental to our nation’s aerospace and defense missions. Budget uncertainty threatens ongoing research; impedes the development of new systems, programs, and products; delays training and mission readiness; and limits the ability to make required scope changes in a timely manner. A return to a regular and timely appropriations process is essential—and this agreement struck by Congress and the White House is a good start. It will allow the government, academia and industry, including the aerospace and defense industrial base, to begin work on longer term initiatives critical to a more robust and secure future without short-term budgetary constraints.” Maser added “Congress must also end sequestration, as these arbitrary budget caps hamper innovation and give our adversaries a competitive advantage in developing new programs and technology.”

    About AIAA
    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is nearly 30,000 engineers and scientists, and 98 corporate members, from 85 countries who are dedicated to advancing the global aerospace profession. The world’s largest aerospace technical society, the Institute convenes five yearly forums; publishes books, technical journals, and Aerospace America; hosts a collection of 160,000 technical papers; develops and maintains standards; honors and celebrates achievement; and advocates on policy issues. AIAA serves aerospace professionals around the world—who are shaping the future of aerospace—by providing the tools, insights, and collaborative exchanges to advance the state of the art in engineering and science for aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.


    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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