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National security specialist joins the AIA

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) : 25 February, 2014  (Company News)
The Aerospace Industries Association has taken on a new senior staff member responsible for national security and acquisitions policy
National security specialist joins the AIA

Elizabeth Schmid has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, bringing extensive legislative experience on budget policy from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defence.

“Our industry faces a long-term environment of constricted budgets, requiring enhanced advocacy both to Congress and the administration,” said AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey. “We could not ask for a better-qualified policy expert than Betsy to lead our efforts in the national security and acquisition policy arenas.”

Schmid has been at the centre of work on the defence and intelligence community budgets and policy over the past 12 years including the recently completed negotiations on the fiscal year 2014 defence spending bill.  As Staff Director and Professional Staff Member, she has worked closely with the Defense Department, the intelligence agencies, industry and both former and current Chairmen of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense – the late Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Dick Durbin.

Prior to joining the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Schmid worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense on a variety of major issues and projects including defence strategy, the Quadrennial Defence Review and other defence planning guidance, commercial technology applications for military personnel and other areas.  She also supported research on national security issues for the US Commission on National Security/21st Century, and the Centre for the National Interest.

Schmid is a graduate from the Georgetown University with a master’s degree in National Security Studies, and holds a BA in Political Science from West Chester University.

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