Sending Office: Honorable Stephen Knight
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Adam.Brooks@mail.house.gov

National Aerospace & Defense Workforce Summit
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
2043-45 Rayburn House Office Building

Dear Colleague,

The U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) industry currently enjoys a prominent position in terms of global competitiveness and technical superiority. However, there are justifiable concerns about its future standing as the industry faces impending retirements;
a shortage of highly trained technical graduates; an underrepresentation of women and minorities; visa restrictions for foreign-born professionals; and increasingly serious competition from both allies and adversaries.

According to Aviation Week & Space Technology’s 2017 Aerospace & Defense Workforce Study, nearly 30 percent of the nation’s A&D workforce is over the age of 55 and 22 percent are younger than 35. The percentages of ethnic minorities and women working in
A&D, at less than 25 percent, have not changed significantly in four decades, despite a major shift in the demographics of the United States. Moreover, only 16 percent of 12th graders are proficient in math and have expressed interest in a STEM-related career.

Please join us on October 2, as key stakeholders from industry, academia, government, and non-governmental organizations discuss industry strategies for developing a highly-skilled and robust 21st-century workforce. Participants will review progress on goals
set during the 2016 national summit and consider new policy objectives for enhancing STEM education and workforce development in the United States.

This is a widely attended event organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). A continental breakfast and lunch buffet will be provided. Please RSVP to Steve Sidorek (AIAA) at
steves@aiaa.org by September 28.  

Sincerely,

Steve Knight
Member of Congress

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