Eric Fanning, CEO of Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), which represents more than 300 companies registered in the aerospace and defense sectors, has officially announced his support for the former Vice President Joe Biden. He believes that Biden is the only person who can repair the eroded moral leadership of the United States across the world. Eric has served many vital roles in the Pentagon during the Obama administration, and he was the first gay Army secretary. He praised Biden for his leadership, which helped to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that allowed lesbian and gay troops to serve openly in the US army.
The endorsement announcement from Eric Fanning came in his personal capacity but not as the head of the AIA trade group. The trade group has more than 300 members with some big names from the aerospace and defense sector, such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Technologies. Despite endorsing Biden in his personal capacity, it surprised and upset some of the defense contractor community, which led to raising questions about the partisanship of the most influential organization. Several industry officials, experts, and officers expressed their opinion on the condition of anonymity regarding the situation. Their opinion was diversified, some worry regarding the endorsement and its impact on the industry under Trump’s administration till November, and others felt the support wouldn’t harm the capabilities of AIA.
Byron Callan, an analyst who works for Capital Alpha Partners, said, “It’s a little peculiar to find someone who comes from one of the professional organizations to openly announce their endorsement for a political side. However, one can argue that some of the CEOs are already close to the Trump administration and their political peril in anything anybody does in a highly partisan environment.” He further added, “Will this endorsement cause any damage to AIA? I doubt it as the CEOs of big companies like Boeing or Lockheed Martin are fairly close to the Trump administration already.”Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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