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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics




    To Discuss “Systemic Challenges to Defense Acquisitions”


    January 5, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that AIAA Fellow Edward M. “Ed” Kraft, chief technologist, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., will be the keynote speaker at the annual AIAA Public Policy Luncheon, Monday, January 9, at 12:30 p.m. in Presidential Ballroom A-D of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn.

    The AIAA Public Policy Luncheon is being held in conjunction with the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, New Horizons Forum, and Aerospace Exhibition, January 9–12, at the Gaylord property. Kraft will address a systems view of defense acquisition, which could allow a better understanding of the continually increasing challenges to producing timely and cost-effective output from the acquisition process. Kraft will suggest that an integrated approach, combining improved policies, capabilities, and processes, would increase the effectiveness of defense acquisition. He will also address the implications of pending further reductions in defense spending.

    Kraft is a recognized authority on the integration of modeling and simulation into the test and evaluation process. In his role as principal technical advisor for the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), he serves as the principal technical advisor to the commander and top technical expert for AEDC. His areas of supervision include the testing of hardware in aerodynamic, propulsion, and space ground test facilities that simulate flight conditions; and the development of advanced test techniques, instrumentation, and facilities by exploiting current research and applying new technologies. He also provides technical leadership in identifying future technical needs and innovative strategies to support advanced test facilities, systems, and equipment.

    An AIAA Fellow, Kraft is also an AEDC Fellow. He holds Master’s and Doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has worked in the federal civil Senior Executive Service for the last ten years, and prior to that held senior technical and management positions in industry for over thirty years.

    For more information on the AIAA Public Policy Luncheon, or the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, New Horizons Forum, and Aerospace Exhibition, please contact Duane Hyland at or 703.264.7558. Media registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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