CHAMBER BLUE JOIN

AEROSPACE, TECHNOLOGY, DEFENSE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Purpose

To take a statewide leadership role in the protection and growth of the aerospace, technology, defense and telecommunications industries in Oklahoma.    

2019 Legislative Initiatives 

State Agenda

  • Support development of Oklahoma's strengths and resources as a prime location for development, testing and flight of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and monitor efforts to regulate UAS and oppose regulations which place unnecessary burdens on the growth of the industry

  • Protect designated aviation user fees from being used for non-aviation needs and purposes

  • Ensure government does not use public funds to offer commercial services directly competing against private industry

  • Support initiatives to expand developing technology businesses including autonomous systems, software, hardware, data centers and services

  • Support educational preparation and training pipeline initiatives, including Career Pathways, education industry partnerships, apprenticeships, registered internships and the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Communities, to encourage Oklahomans to pursue STEM careers including careers in aerospace and technology

  • Support efforts to address increasing workforce and training needs in the growing aerospace and defense manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul and developing technological industries

  • Oppose consolidation of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission with any other state agency

  • Oppose consolidation of Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) with any other state agency

  • Support the development of a federal and/or commercial space center in Oklahoma

  • Protect a pro-investment environment to support the development of telecommunication infrastructure

  • Support funding for the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission and Oklahoma Military Department and other efforts to protect, expand, and enhance military related economic activity and investment at Oklahoma’s military installations including active duty, Oklahoma National Guard, and Reserve components

  • Encourage policies that will ensure the responsible and compatible development around military training routes and ranges so as to ensure airspace mission capability while protecting the rights of private landowners

  • Support the F-35 Task Force and other efforts to enhance Oklahoma’s competitiveness in bringing that mission to Oklahoma  

  • Support and encourage employment and job placement of Oklahoma’s National Guard, Reserve components and veteran military personnel

  • Oppose state-level efforts to implement regulation of the internet such as net neutrality and privacy

  • Support and defend continuance of the Engineer Tax Credits for the Aerospace Industry

Federal Agenda

  • Monitor efforts to regulate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at the federal level and oppose regulations which place unnecessary burdens on the growth of the industry

  • Oppose efforts to regulate broadband internet as a public utility

  • Support significant, long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • Support the continuation of the U.S. Contract Tower Program

  • Support trade policy that enables U.S. aerospace companies to compete in the global market

  • Support long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank

  • Support the basing of the F-35 Lightning II Fighter Aircraft at the 138th Fighter Wing at the Tulsa Air National Guard base

  • Support the establishment of a Federal and/or Commercial Space Surveillance Center in Oklahoma

  • Support the modernization, safety and efficiency of our nation’s Air Traffic Control system and ensure the viability of the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center

  • Encourage a swift resolution by Congress of the Department of Defense Budget Control Act to minimize military drawdowns and ensure military readiness for national security

  • Support funding and other efforts to protect, expand, and enhance military related economic activity and investment at Oklahoma’s military installations including active duty, Oklahoma National Guard, and Reserve components and provide for continued growth of the military presence in the state, including without limitation, future basing of F-35 in Tulsa

RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Issue Brief: Aerospace Industry in Oklahoma (2017)
Issue Brief: Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (2017)
 

 

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Staff Contact:

Cordon DeKock
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Committee Chair:
Robbie Squires
Director, Govt. & Regulatory Affairs,
Cox Communications