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NATION'S FUTURE WEAPONS SYSTEMS MUST REMAIN TECHNOLOGICALLY SUPERIOR IN TOMORROW'S DEFENSE FORCE, AIAA TESTIFIES

NATION'S FUTURE WEAPONS SYSTEMS MUST REMAIN TECHNOLOGICALLY SUPERIOR
 IN TOMORROW'S DEFENSE FORCE, AIAA TESTIFIES
 WASHINGTON, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling for a clearly articulated defense strategy that will maintain a continuous flow of new technology to the military, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense. AIAA stated that this strategy should "retain the economic strengths of our aerospace industry, which has become the only industrial segment of our economy providing a strong balance of trade abroad."
 AIAA's testimony addressed three areas:
 -- The national debate on weapons system acquisition and the
 "prototyping strategy."
 -- A framework for what would be a workable defense strategy.
 -- Specific recommendations for how to assure a viable,
 continuing industrial base for defense.
 AIAA applauded the new trend towards emphasizing the use of prototypes in the weapons system acquisition process because it will enable the United States to maintain growth in advanced technology systems. The institute believes that the emerging policy "provides an excellent base from which to develop a complete statement of defense policy on research and development." Four areas, however, are identified as needing more attention:
 -- Problems associated with allowing more time to develop and
 field weapons.
 -- Overly stringent criteria for upgrading or replacing an
 existing weapons system.
 -- Too much emphasis on major weapons systems and not enough
 consideration of subsystem and component technology.
 -- The human dimension of preserving our military industrial base
 capabilities.
 In addressing the framework for a new defense strategy, AIAA stressed the need to review proportional across-the-board cuts. The need for industry to "plan and design production plants for lower- rate production than that for which they are currently designed" was also addressed in the testimony.
 Recognizing the dramatic changes the new defense strategy will have on the country's defense industrial base, AIAA urged the government to adopt policies that will "assure a viable downsized industrial base."
 AIAA is the nation's largest professional technical society and information source devoted to the science and engineering aviation and space.
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 /NOTE: Copies of the AIAA testimony can be obtained by calling 202-646-7427 or the contact below./
 /CONTACT: Gayle Armstrong of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 202-646-7432/ CO: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ST: District of Columbia IN: ARO SU:


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