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 Defense & Security 2013 (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For Defense & Security 2013 (TFC Event)
Defense & Security 2013 (TFC Event) -- Defense Industry Eq., Security/Safety Eq.
Location/Date: Bangkok, Thailand 11/04/2013 - 11/07/2013
Event Summary:
Defense and Security 2013 is an international military and civil indoor/outdoor exhibition covering land, air and sea military equipment, defense technology and internal security. Its focus is on providing an opportunity for international defense technology producers in Thailand by attracting Asia's important policy makers in the Defense Ministries. An increased budget in the Royal Thai Army (83,506 million Baht) the Royal Thai Navy (33,506 million Baht) as well as the Royal Thai Air Force (31,817 million Baht) is designated to fund the long awaited development plan of the 3 sectors. D&S 2013 will occupy more than 13,500 square meters at IMPACT Exhibition center and over 300 defense and internal security related companies will be arriving from 32 countries around the world. Technology on display will include everything from medical tents to UAVs, flight simulators, Humvees, and helicopters. There will be about 20 special seminars present by both exhibitors and the Thai Armed forces. The show will also host the Civil Military Cooperation on Disaster Management Conference. This conference will provide the opportunity to exchange information so that the armed forces can provide aid and high-tech communications as they collaborate with all sectors of society during such events.

Kitisorn Sookpradist, Bangkok
Commerce Specialist
Phone: 662-205-5279
Lisa Huot, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-2796
Justin Griffin, Kallman Worldwide

Phone: 201-251-2600 x103
Dean Matlack, Bangkok
Commercial Officer
Phone: +662 205 5263