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									AIAA Public Policy
John C. Rose
Western Region Deputy Director, Public Policy
Chair, National Security, Public Policy Committee

Tom Moore
Chair, North TX section

Regional Leadership Conference (RLC)
Aug 11 & 12, 2011
    What is Public Policy???

   Public Policy is when…

“Individuals and/or groups attempt to
shape policy through education, advocacy,
or mobilization of interest groups.”

            Making Uninformed Decisions leads to…

“If the staff lacks policy guidance against which to test decisions,
their decisions will be random.”
        Donald Rumsfeld, Sec of Def
    Why is Public Policy Important?

2010 Federal Budget totals $3.55 trillion
$663.7 billion (+12.7%) – Department of Defense
$72.5 billion (+2.8%) – Department of Transportation
$42.7 billion (+1.2%) – Department of Homeland Security
$26.3 billion (−0.4%) – Department of Energy
$18.7 billion (+5.1%) – NASA
$7.0 billion (+1.4%) – National Science Foundation
$830.2 Billion Dollars

2011 Budget was a series of Continuing Resolutions (CR) through the end of Sept.

Proposed 2012+ budgets calls for significant cuts to defense spending.

   These six areas alone account for approx 23% of 2010 federal dollars
Outlying Years for Defense $$
Outlying Years for Defense $$
Outlying Years for Defense $$
      Q: How do we get to the Policy Makers?

                A: Public Policy Engagement and Support

Local Support                                  National Support
•Have a PP focal on your                       •Attend CVD
council.                                       •Participate on the Public
•Engage your elected officials                 Policy Committee.
(local, state, and national)                   •Conference presentation
•Support attendance at CVD                     •Institutes strategic initiatives
•Put on an A4A event
•Engage PP focals in other
  Varying Levels of Engagement
                                   Public Policy

                                   August is 4
                                 Aerospace (A4A)

Regional                           Dep. Director
                                   Public Policy

                                   August is 4
                                 Aerospace (A4A)
                                 Sect. Public Policy
What is AIAA’s Role in Public Policy

• Congressional Visits Day (CVD)
• August is for Aerospace (A4A)
• Conferences and Committees
     Public Policy Committee
     Inside Aerospace
     Roundtables and Panel Discussions
•   Key Issues (KI)
•   Testimony
•   Policy Watch and Policy Papers
•   Honors and Awards
•   Local engagement
   How AIAA Benefits from Public Policy

• Put a Face to a Name – AIAA’s Exposure

• As a Resource – AIAA becomes the “Go To” technical
  and policy organization

• Health of the Industry – Advocate for the industry and
  highlight its importance and contributions.
Supporting Public Policy Can Also Benefit You!
How You Can Benefit

• Networking – Locally, regionally, & nationally
• Understanding – Learn about how your gov’t works
                 (or doesn’t!!!)
• Exposure – Industry and government officials
• Expand – Understand a different side of industry
• Grow – Career/Development opportunities
Call to Action

• Each section should have a Public Policy
  representative or focal. No section isn’t impacted
  by A&D public policy.
• Engage locally, regionally, and nationally to see
  where AIAA, and you, can contribute.
• Set aside funding for Public Policy support and
  events like CVD and A4A.
• Educate your council and section members on
  the importance of Public Policy to our industry.

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