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Posted: April 13, 2017 4:48 AM

Mattis Meets with Defense Trade Associations

ARLINGTON, Va. — Three major defense trade associations met with Defense Secretary James Mattis at the offices of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) April 13 to discuss a broad range of issues critical to the aerospace and defense industry, AIA said in a release of the same date.

The chief executive officers (CEOs) and senior leadership of AIA, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Professional Services Council (PSC) provided Mattis with their insight into the opportunities and challenges that the aerospace and defense industry faces in today’s acquisition and budget environment. 

“It’s important for industry and government to have a regular dialogue that is open and frank,” AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher, a retired Army lieutenant general, said in the release. “The growing and changing threats facing our nation require a holistic approach, the right combination of robust, balanced and stable funding, as well as regulatory reform that speeds development and encourages new technology and capabilities. Working side-by-side with our government partners, we can deliver the best possible capability to the warfighter at the best price for the taxpayer.”

“We appreciate Secretary Mattis’ willingness to meet and speak with us as we work together in the best interest of our national security,” NDIA President and CEO Craig McKinley, a retired Air Force general, said in the release. “Strong international partnerships are of particular interest to our industry and are critical to our nation’s ability to project our values in a complex world order. A strategic approach to security cooperation objectives with our close friends and allies will yield enormous benefits as we collaborate to achieve our mutual security goals.”

“These exchanges between senior leadership in government and industry are key to moving forward on our shared objectives,” PSC President and CEO Officer David J. Berteau said in the release. “Our industry is looking forward to working with Secretary Mattis to address our current readiness situation and to develop and implement high-tech solutions to enhance our capabilities.” 

The meeting is part of an ongoing interchange between these defense industry associations and the secretary of Defense. 



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