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A&D Trade Group Asks Congress to Finalize FY 2018 Spending Bill, Address Budget Caps

The Aerospace Industries Association has called on House and Senate leaders to finalize the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 as well as repeal or increase the budget caps in order to avert a possible sequestration.

AIA and other defense and aerospace industry executives wrote in the Dec. 1 letter to congressional leaders that the lack of a statutory repeal or adjustment to discretionary budget caps in the final FY 2018 spending policy bill “could undermine our collective commitment to strengthening military readiness,” the trade group said Wednesday.

They also expressed concerns on the potential impact of continuing resolutions and cuts associated with sequestration on non-defense programs at NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration.

“These non-defense programs are vital to our economic prosperity and to our ability to maintain a vibrant and robust aerospace and defense industrial base,” the leaders noted.

David Melcher, AIA president and CEO, co-wrote the letter with Dennis Muilenburg, AIA chairman and Boeing chairman, president and CEO; and Thomas Kennedy, AIA vice chairman and Raytheon chairman and CEO.

Other signatories in the letter include:

  • Barry Chapman, Siemens VP of aerospace and defense for U.S. federal business
  • Bradley Feldmann, Cubic president and CEO
  • Brian Curtin, BRPH president and CEO
  • Christopher Kubasik, L3 Technologies president and chief operating officer
  • Craig Casey, Burns & McDonnell VP
  • Curtis Reusser, Esterline Technologies chairman, president and CEO
  • Edward Auslander, LORD Corp. CEO
  • Eileen Drake, Aeroject Rocketdyne president and CEO
  • Frank McKeown, Triumph Group VP of government operation
  • Gerard DeMuro, BAE Systems president and CEO
  • Greg Bloom, Seal Science president
  • Hal Murdock, American Pacific president and CEO
  • John Costello, Microsemi vice president of development
  • Karl Hutter, Click Bond president and CEO
  • Kathleen Boyle, Verify CEO
  • Kevin Phillips, ManTech International president and chief operating officer
  • Kevin Sandkuhler, Securities Critical Infrastructure Services CEO
  • Laura Siegal, NEO Tech chief financial officer
  • M.L. Crosier, Denison Industries business development manager
  • Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin chairman, president and CEO
  • Marion Blakely, Rolls-Royce North America president and CEO
  • Mark Cumm, M. Torres America VP of sales
  • Mark Lee, Aero-mark chairman and owner
  • Michael Strianese, L3 Technologies chairman and CEO
  • Mike Petters, Huntington Ingalls Industries president and CEO
  • Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America president and CEO
  • Richard Addi, Exostar president and CEO
  • Robert Ortberg, Rockwell Collins charman, president and CEO
  • Robert Smith, Acutec Precision Aerospace executive chairman
  • Robert Strain, Ball Aerospace president
  • Roger Krone, Leidos chairman and CEO
  • Ronald Dolan, TIP Technologies president and owner
  • Scott Donnelly, Textron chairman, president and CEO
  • Stephen Stone, Primus Technologies president
  • Terence Lyons, Integral Aerospace CEO
  • Thomas Gentile, Spirit AeroSystems president and CEO
  • Thomas Johnston, Rhinestahl corporate director
  • Timothy Maloney, Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO
  • Timothy Thomas, Cadenas PARTsolutions CEO
  • Tom Quinly, Curtiss-Wright COO
  • Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman chairman, president and CEO

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