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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 organizations. Varying Levels of Engagement AIAA CVD National Public Policy Committee August is 4 Aerospace (A4A) Regional Dep. Director Public Policy August is 4 Aerospace (A4A) Local 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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