Statement by Marion C. Blakey on Space-related Sections of Fiscal 2011 Defense Authorization Bill

Jun 02, 2010, 17:22 ET from Aerospace Industries Association

ARLINGTON, Va., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIA is encouraged by several space-related provisions included in the Fiscal 2011 Defense Authorization Act passed recently by the House of Representatives.

The increase in top-line funding for missile defense demonstrates commitment to this vital area of our national security and is welcome as we approach deployment of these systems.

Language supporting a joint Defense Department and Director of National Intelligence national security space architecture is a very positive development. AIA has long supported increasing interagency coordination on space issues, and sees this as an important move in the right direction, particularly when it comes to national security space acquisition, where long-term planning can directly contribute to industrial base health.

Finally, AIA favors the inclusion of report language urging the U.S. military to evaluate the costs of government refurbishment and modification of excess ICBM assets for space launch. By explaining the costs incurred by the use of excess assets, the proposed analysis takes a step towards recognizing the cost effectiveness of commercial options for responsive space and small launch, which is critical to the vitality of the U.S. propulsion and solid rocket motor industrial base.

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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