Appreciating the importance of the aerospace industry and what it has done for America and our armed forces, both houses of Congress issued resolutions in 2010 establishing the third week in September annually as National Aerospace Week. Since its inception, National Aerospace Week has been a rallying call for companies and their employees, communities, aligned organizations, government and other groups to demonstrate their support for the industry by sponsoring numerous events nationally and locally during the week.
The aerospace and defense community recognizes that the industry is a backbone of the U.S. economy, supporting more than 3.5 million jobs in all 50 states and posting the largest trade surplus of any U.S. industry. However, National Aerospace Week in 2012 arrives at a time of unprecedented uncertainty – the nation is facing immense budget pressures, which is threatening to undermine programs that are critical to our national security, technological superiority and economy.
By September, less than four months will remain before $1 trillion in additional cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 kick in. Leaders in Congress and the military have been sounding the alarm about the devastation that these cuts would cause to our national security and our industrial base, from a million lost jobs to a virtual shutdown of critical military modernization programs. NASA and FAA programs will also be affected by sequestration.
To underscore the importance of the industry and speak volumes at a critical time, National Aerospace Week will tie in with AIA’s multi-year budget campaign Second to None. Join us during National Aerospace Week, September 16-22, 2012, by sponsoring or participating in events. The industry and the nation appreciate your interest and support.
If you would like to sponsor an event or want additional information on National Aerospace Week, you may also contact Don Forest, AIA COO and National Aerospace Week national coordinator, at (703) 358-1004; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you are participating in National Aerospace Week as a business, individual or organization we encourage you to spread the word to let your family, friends, employees, co-workers and supporters know what you are doing to participate this year.
- Stay involved in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag: #AeroWeek
- Tweet at the Aerospace Industries Association via @AIAspeaks
- Share your photos with the Aerospace Industries Association at Facebook.com/AIA.Aerospace
- A high resolution flyer advertising the tweet up is available for download and distribution here.
- The Aerospace Industries Association is making their videos available for you to use during your events and may be accessed via YouTube.