Aerospace & Defense

National Aerospace FDI Exposition (Expo).  

The International Trade Administration, SelectUSA, and the Aerospace States Association are co-hosting the National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition in Los Angeles on October 26-28, 2015.

The Expo provides information and resources for international companies looking to establish a presence in the United States. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. aerospace manufacturing sector is growing rapidly, outpacing the average FDI growth in all U.S. industries. Through matchmaking meetings arranged by the Expo organizers, investors can meet one-on-one with economic developers and officials to explore opportunities and learn about resources and incentives. Top government and industry speakers will discuss the dynamics and trends of the U.S. aerospace manufacturing industry. Confirmed speakers include senior officials from the departments of Commerce, Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as senior industry representatives (including the president of Airbus’ operations in North America). Registration is already live and the website, including a draft agenda, can be found here:


Welcome to the U.S. Commercial Service Aerospace and Defense Technology Team Page.

We are the industry’s primary export resource and should be your first point of contact when looking to sell internationally. Our team of domestic and international trade specialists, located at our Export Assistance Centers in the United States and at U.S. Embassies overseas, is prepared to assist in increasing your export sales. U.S. Points of Contact are available to discuss your international business needs.

The aerospace & defense industry has been a cornerstone of the U.S. economy for decades and has provided well-paying jobs for a variety of skill levels. The industry’s position is now challenged by global competition, changes in technology, national and worldwide economic conditions, and global policies affecting defense, civilian and commercial aviation. To maintain this important sector of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Commercial Service strives to provide assistance to increase the industry’s competitiveness. Specifically, the Aerospace and Defense Technology Team works with companies to help them:

  • Gain access to international sales opportunities
  • Identify international representatives and agents
  • Vet potential international partners
  • Maximize trade show efforts
  • Understand relevant aerospace and defense market opportunities worldwide

Take Action Now: Contact an Aerospace and Defense trade specialist, explore upcoming events and trade leads, and increase your international sales. We look forward to working with you!


For detailed country by country analysis on worldwide markets, please see the Aerospace Resource Guide.

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The lead author of this report is Fred Elliott, an international trade specialist on the Aerospace Team in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Jonathan Alvear, Alexis Haakensen, and Kim Wells, also Aerospace Team staff members, collaborated in developing statistical methodology and prepared country case studies. Chris Blaha, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, provided trade data and statistical analysis. Scott Kennedy, Aerospace Team Leader, managed the team effort.

Detailed Event Information For Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace Exhibition & Conference 2013 Detailed Event Information For Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace Exhibition & Conference 2013
Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace Exhibition & Conference 2013 -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Defense Industry Eq.
Location/Date: Split, Croatia 04/24/2013 - 04/26/2013
Event Summary:
The U.S. Pavilion at Adriatic Sea Defense and Aerospace Exhibition and Conference 2013 has received Trade Fair Certification from the U.S. Department of Commerce – and U.S. sea, land and air defense companies as well as U.S. companies involved in providing homeland security products and services should plan to exhibit at this important event. Organized under Croatia's Ministry of Defense, Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace 2013 (ASDA 2013) will offer U.S. exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their current products and services in a centrally located NATO partner -- Croatia. At ASDA 2011, 138 exhibitors from 23 countries met with 3,353 trade visitors from 25 countries, and military and government delegations from 21 countries. With the Adriatic Sea and Southeastern Europe a major region for NATO and EU expansion, ASDA 2013's major exhibition themes include: Land Defense: o Armored & unarmored vehicles; o Command & control systems; o Weapon systems & ammunition; o Body armor & personal defense systems; o Anti-aircraft defense systems; o Anti-tank defense systems; o Simulation & training systems. Air Defense: o Military aircraft, helicopters, UCAVs and UAVs o Armaments & ordinance; o Missiles & weapons systems; o Simulation & training systems; o Avionics & airport infrastructure. Sea Defense: o Naval & Coast Guard vessels; o Command & control systems; o Naval weapons systems; o Navigation, sonar & radar systems; o Personal rescue & survival systems; o Port infrastructure services & systems; o Simulation & training systems. Homeland Security: o Homeland security systems; o Intelligence services equipment & technologies; o Emergency response equipment & technologies; o Trucks, cars & special purpose vehicles; o Police & security aircraft & helicopters; o Coast Guard equipment & technologies; o Search & rescue equipment & technologies; o Corporate & private security systems.

Damjan Bencic, Zagreb
Head of Section
Phone: (385 1) 661 2186
Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
Robert Peaslee, Milan
Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: 39-02-626-8851
Miroslav Nikolac, Zagreb
Commercial Specialist
Phone: (385 1) 661 2026
Justin Webb, TNT Productions

Phone: 703/406-0010