CMTA Announces Formation of New Policy Committee Focused on Aerospace and Defense Issues

September 16, 2021

Sacramento – Today the California Manufacturers & Technology Association announced the formation of a targeted policy committee to address, manage and leverage policy issues affecting the aerospace and defense industries. The committee will be known as the Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) and will be the voice for those sectors to the Administration, Legislature, and regulatory agencies.

California is a global leader in aerospace, aviation, and defense driving the latest advancements through research and development (R&D) and advanced manufacturing. California employees develop and sustain unmanned systems, shipbuilding, military aircraft, commercial aviation and space science programs for the U.S. and people around the world.

"The aerospace and defense sectors are two of the largest components of California's economy with tens of thousands of suppliers, creating world leading innovation and tremendous opportunities for working families," shared CMTA President Lance Hastings. "It is imperative that we call out the contributions of these critical economic contributors and identify policies that help advance the mission of ADAC."

"We applaud initiatives like the CMTA Board’s approval to form ADAC to support the needs of this vital industry. Several leading aerospace and defense companies have formed the backbone of this group that will help to promote and advance the state’s global presence in aircraft, aviation and space exploration development," said Joe Ahn, a Co-Founding ADAC Member, and manager of Governmental Relations for Northrop Grumman.

The aerospace, aviation, and defense industries support more than 511,000 high paying jobs in California and generate in excess of $66.2 billion in annual economic activity, larger than the agriculture and entertainment industry combined. The aerospace and defense industries also generate $7 billion in state and local taxes.

"ADAC will work to maintain California's place as the leading state for the aerospace and defense industries, which combined employ more than half a million Californians today. We will also work to expand ADAC's membership so that it represents the entire industry supply chain in California, which extends to all 58 counties," said Mark Taylor, founding Chair of ADAC and Boeing's State and Local Government Operations director in California.

"ADAC will help emphasize the importance of those sectors and the supply chains that support the research, development and advancement of aerospace and defense. In fact, many suppliers to these companies are small, private companies that operate in communities across California," added Hastings.


The aerospace, aviation, and defense industry supports more than 511,000 high paying jobs and generates more than $66.2 billion in annual economic activity, larger than the agriculture and entertainment industry combined, and generates $7 billion in state and local taxes. California is a global leader in aerospace, aviation, defense research and development (R&D) and advanced manufacturing which supports unmanned systems, military aircraft, and space science programs.

Industry Vibrance

It is imperative that state fiscal policies support ongoing aerospace, aviation and defense programs in California which will help the state economy recover from the pandemic recession. The industry supply chain consists of thousands of small businesses, many of which are minority owned, located throughout all 58 counties. Specifically, ADAC supports: R&D tax credits – as well as the Net Operating Loss (NOL) carry forward – are critical tools that allow us to remain competitive and to continue investing and hiring in California. Lifting the caps on economic development programs will enable us to make long ago planned capital investments, hire more people, improve our facilities, and retain vital small business suppliers. Policies need to be shaped to support the entire ecosystem of A&D companies, many of which are small businesses located (in all 58 counties) throughout the state.

Environmental Stewardship

Our companies are leaders in corporate sustainability with many being recognized by Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) and CDP Climate Change A List. We are committed to continuing to lead the way on environmental stewardship, capitalizing on the innovation at the core of our industry towards identifying and achieving ambitious sustainability goals.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We foster a culture where everyone belongs and can thrive, with a commitment not only to diversity and equity, but also inclusion. Our companies are committed to building an inclusive work environment that attracts, develops, and retains a diverse workforce. We believe that all employees should have a safe and inclusive work environment – one in which everyone is treated fairly, with the highest standards of professionalism, ethical conduct, and full compliance with the law. From the CEO down, we are actively committed to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our companies.

Education & Workforce Development

We champion high-quality education that develops a diverse, robust, local workforce that can support the strong California aerospace, aviation, and defense industry. Continue to grow the long-standing partnerships between industry and higher education to have both our California Universities and Colleges continue to be ranked first in the nation and produce the critical workforce of the future here in California. Specifically, ADAC supports:

  • Governor Newsom’s proposal to increase state funding for University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs.
  • Public and private workforce development collaboration programs to up-skill technical skills for incumbent workers and new employee hires.
  • Programs focused on diversifying the STEM pipeline.
  • STEM career ladder programs from K-12 through post-secondary education.
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to help fill the gaps as skilled workers leave the workforce.

Military & Veteran Affairs

Support policies that make California the premier environment for active military, veterans, and their families. This includes supporting policies focused on improving license portability for military spouses that will enhance California’s ability to recruit and retain talent to our state.

Join CMTA to be part of ADAC

For more information to join contact Sarah Johnson at or call 916-498-3319.

Join Today

Please join us for a day of discussing the aerospace industry and its impact on the California economy.

Location: Aerospace Museum of California, 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA 95652
When: Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 9 AM – 4 PM

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    Panel Topics:

    STEM/Workforce Development - The Future of Aerospace is here in CA This panel will emphasize the significant workforce needs and opportunities for the aerospace industry in California. The panel will feature organizations in the sector to discuss where we need to invest to continue to have a thriving industry.

    Climate Change Technologies/Sustainability Future - CA Aerospace leading in addressing climate change solutions This panel will highlight the direct impact the aerospace industry is having on addressing climate change, the leadership the broader aerospace industry is taking on key sustainability opportunities as well as the direct use of technologies to address climate change.

    Women in Aerospace - #WomenMakeCA- Innovators impacting earth and beyond This panel will focus on the women leaders of California's aerospace industry, addressing how far we have come, and how far we still have to go to close the gender gap.

    Suppliers and Innovators - The Path to Innovation and Space Exploration Is Through CA This panel will focus on the diverse and robust California aerospace industries supplier base, which pushes the boundaries of innovation, exploration and those supporting these initiatives.