The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) represents the aeronautics, space, defence and security industries in Europe in all matters of common interest with the objective of promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector. ASD's membership is composed of 16 major European aerospace and defence companies and 27 member associations in 20 countries. In 2012 over 2000 aeronautics, space and defence companies in these countries employed more than 752.000 people and generated a turnover of almost €186.8 billion. The President and Chairman of the Board of ASD is Mr Jean-Paul Herteman, CEO of Safran. The ASD Secretariat is based in Brussels with an ASD-EUROSPACE office in Paris. Mr Jan Pie is the Secretary General.
The essence of the Association is to provide a single platform for the development of joint positions for the industries it represent.
Adept at spreading the word regarding new policies and possible legislative development, ASD raises awareness and promotes the values and positions of its members to all EU institutions.
Both a window on the European Union as well as a source of information for the Industries it represents, ASD gathers all data and resources of interest for its overall community.