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.

Click the cover below to download a copy:

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 NATO Procurement Seminar and Networking Reception Detailed Event Information For NATO Procurement Seminar and Networking Reception
NATO Procurement Seminar and Networking Reception -- Accounting Services, Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Computers/Peripherals, Computer Services, Defense Industry Eq., Information Services, Operations/Maintenance Services, Robotics, Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Services
Pre-Register for this event
Location/Date: Brussels, Belgium 09/15/2014 - 09/15/2014
Event Summary:
NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS 2014) is coming on fast. The Symposium (September 16-18, Mons, Belgium) will focus mainly on Information Assurance and Cyber Defense for NATO. The US Commercial Service Brussels will preface the symposium guiding US companies in NATO's procurement process. The half-day seminar will take place at NATO headquarters and will be followed by a Belgian-U.S. reception at the U.S. Ambassador Residence. What Will the Half-Day Seminar Cover? Expert speakers will address: the European Defense Agency, security clearances, export controls, declarations of eligibility, NATO Support Agency (NSPA) procurement, Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation, and MORE! Networking Opportunity To encourage local partnering, there will be a networking reception at the U.S. Ambassador's residence where you can meet and partner with Belgian companies, that are also interested in NATO procurement. Who Should Participate? NATO procurement is very broad covering many industry sectors including aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, auditing services, janitorial services, cyber defense, intrusion detection, and more. For this reason, the event should interest: • Any U.S. company interested in NATO procurement (regardless of industry) • Any U.S. company interested in the defense procurement When/Where Will the Briefing Occur? The September 15 afternoon briefings will be held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The Belgian-U.S. evening reception will be held at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Brussels.

Ira Bel, Brussels
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: +32-2-811-5116
Pompeya Lambrecht, Northern VA
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 703.235.0102