The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement on the passage of the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act:


AIAA applauds the passage of this important legislation, which includes roughly $740 billion in discretionary funds for the Department of Defense. It authorizes $146.9 billion for procurement programs and $117.7 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation programs. The legislation addresses many of the nation’s national security needs, especially in space, aeronautics, missile defense, and cybersecurity operations, as well as helps maintain our technological edge in an era of increased competition.


Since 1961, Congress has worked in a bipartisan fashion to address the needs of our warfighters and our national security industrial base. Both Congress and the administration have made it a priority to focus on national security space, including hypersonic technologies, and modernize our defenses and maintain our preeminence over our adversaries. The aerospace and defense industry is critical to our economic and national security and continues to be an essential part of our nation’s ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Institute, through our events, technical resources, and membership remains committed to working with defense leadership to continue shaping the future of aerospace.”


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