AIA Supports Issuance of National Space Policy

Jun 28, 2010, 18:30 ET from Aerospace Industries Association

ARLINGTON, Va., June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIA believes the new National Space Policy takes important steps needed to maintain our global leadership in space and ensure continued competitiveness and innovation.  

AIA has advocated for strengthened interagency partnerships and is pleased that the new policy includes similar language.

We strongly support calls in the policy to strengthen U.S. space leadership and to enhance international cooperation.  In order to fully realize U.S. industry's potential in the global space market, it's critical that our nation take the steps needed to modernize an outdated export control system so that our industry can compete on a level playing field abroad.

AIA believes that the policy's emphasis on retaining space professionals and improving space professional development is an important investment in our workforce. In addition, as the association that led the effort to form the government-industry Joint Space Cost Council, AIA is pleased that the policy highlights the importance of improving acquisition through enhancements in cost estimating.

Finally, AIA supports robust language in the new policy that seeks to preserve the space environment, increase space situational awareness and enhance space protection.  Space debris threatens our nation's spacefarers and our critical space infrastructure, and – unless remediated – will restrict our efforts to increase the commercialization of space.  

National space policies set the official tone across our government on the space initiatives we pursue as a nation. This is critical, because with billions of dollars spent on space operations throughout a myriad of U.S. agencies, it's absolutely necessary that the administration coordinate and craft national policy. That said, it's important that policy be backed by stable funding as well as a detailed national strategy that helps ensure that policies are carried out.

Founded in 1919, the Aerospace Industries Association represents the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, materiel, and related components, equipment services, and information technology.

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