AIAA Statement on the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 Written 29 July 2022
July 29, 2022 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement on the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.
“AIAA applauds the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which includes the very important NASA Authorization. AIAA appreciates the bipartisan effort by congressional lawmakers to pass this necessary legislation. This new NASA Authorization empowers the agency to continue to prove why the United States is the world’s leader in aerospace innovation.
We recognize the continued efforts of NASA leadership and its highly skilled workforce. Such significant aerospace achievements will only persist as long as there is a constancy of purpose. Congress is integral to that constancy of purpose. This authorization gives the agency predictability, as well as the tools necessary, to initiate and maintain vital programs and missions. This authorization will help ensure our nation’s ongoing global leadership, maintain aerospace superiority over our adversaries, and expand the benefits of this highly technological sector for our society. The importance of United States aerospace activities to the modern economy, our way of life, and our global stature cannot be understated. It is a very exciting time for the aerospace community.
We believe the broader bill is vital to addressing our nation’s chip shortage. While many Americans can appreciate how the ongoing shortages have hindered manufacturers of cars, cell phones, and household appliances, the lack of chips has also presented challenges to aircraft and spacecraft manufacturers. Such a federal investment in semiconductor manufacturing across the country will have a positive impact not only on our economy, but the aerospace sector as well. Moreover, this legislation will help fund other areas of the industry including workforce training, defense initiatives, and future innovation.
The Institute, through our events, technical resources, and membership, remains committed to working with the Biden Administration and congressional leadership to continue shaping the future of aerospace.”
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