AIAA AVIATION 2013 Conference to Focus on State of Military Aviation Written 29 July 2013

(AIAA Communications 2008–2017)

Keynote by Marion Blakey and Discussion of Future Challenges Facing Military Aviation Featured

July 29, 2013 – Reston, Va. – Marion Blakey, president and chief executive officer, Aerospace Industries Association, will discuss the state of America’s military aviation enterprise during an 8:00 a.m. keynote address on Tuesday, August 13, as part of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) AVIATION 2013 Conference, August 12–14, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, Calif.

Blakey will also chair a panel discussion, Military Aviation: Global Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges at 9:30 a.m. on August 13, with speakers: Rear Adm. David B. Woods, commander, Strike Force Training, Pacific, U.S. Navy; James "Jim" O'Neil, president, Global Services & Support, Boeing Defense, Space & Security; Alton D. "Al" Romig Jr., vice president and general manager, SkunkWorks® Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin Corp.; and Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The panel will review the current state of military aviation and consider the emerging challenges that threaten its ability to respond to global threats.

“We are pleased to have Marion Blakey and our distinguished panelists at AVIATION 2013 to discuss the state of military aviation,” said AIAA President-Elect Jim Albaugh, executive vice president, The Boeing Company, and president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (retired). “Military aviation continues to be our nation’s first line of defense against those who would seek to do us harm, and discussions such as the one Marion will lead at the conference are crucial to continue to ensure that American airpower remains flexible, robust, and resilient, especially in these difficult economic times.”

Blakey added, “U.S. air power is a vital element of our national security. Our technological edge in the skies not only must be sustained today, but we must make investments – even in this time of fiscal austerity – to maintain our supremacy, so that air power can continue to provide the strategic and operational freedom of action on which the U.S. military depends. AIAA’s AVIATION 2013 conference will provide an important opportunity for aerospace professionals and military leaders to discuss the latest developments in military aviation and address how our community can best serve the nation’s interests through the further development of air power.”

For more information on AIAA AVIATION 2013, please visit contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or duane hyland. Conference admission is complimentary for credentialed members of the media.

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