Assistant Vice President, International Affairs
Aerospace Industries Association
Dak Hardwick currently serves as the Assistant Vice President, International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). His primary responsibilities include international defense, industrial cooperation, space trade and export control reform issues. In addition, he oversees AIA’s role in bilateral and multilateral trade relationships in key regions, trade advocacy initiatives, and international cooperative programs.
Before joining AIA, Hardwick worked at Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company. At Harris, he was the primary interface with the U.S. Government for a variety of Harris government communication programs, including national airspace modernization, intelligence, and meteorological ground system programs. He was also responsible for working with U.S. Government and international officials to ensure timely export of Harris radio communications products for U.S.-allied and partner nations.
A former Presidential Management Fellow, Hardwick began his career at Headquarters, Marine Corps. He later transitioned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he helped establish the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense after September 11, 2001 and later held a variety of critical national security positions, including serving as the country director for Georgia and the Republic of Moldova and Director for Peacekeeping Operations.
Hardwick currently serves as the AIA representative to the Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Aerospace Equipment (ITAC-1), appointed jointly by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the committee.
Hardwick is also the Vice Chair of the Virginia Aviation Board, appointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe and reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam. In this role, he is responsible for representing airports in the Northern Virginia region before the Board, including Washington Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and seven general aviation airports.
An active member of the Alexandria, Virginia community, Hardwick is the immediate past chair of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has served on a variety of non-profit boards and committees, including as past president of the Board of Directors of New Hope Housing, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Northern Virginia and past chair of the City of Alexandria’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee.
Hardwick holds a B.S. in public affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and Master of Public Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute’s Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.