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U.S. Aerospace Commission Issues Interim Report

Press Release From: Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry
Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Report Includes Recommendations in the Areas of Investment, Air Infrastructure and Export Controls

  • Interim Report #2 - Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry (full text)

    WASHINGTON-The Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry today issued its second interim report to address issues of immediate importance to the industry. The Commission's report to the President and Congress includes recommendations regarding the aerospace business environment, export controls and the air transportation system that the Commission adopted in its February 12 meeting.

    The Commission believes that the following issues discussed in Interim Report #2 could have a significant near-term impact on the aerospace industry and, hence, require immediate action:

  • Business Environment: A business environment must be created in the United States that encourages the aerospace industry to grow and prosper and to be competitive in the global economy.

  • Defense/Dual-Use Exports: Current export controls introduce so much uncertainty and delay that foreign customers are often reluctant to attempt to purchase U.S. products. We need to reengineer the current export control system for the post-Cold War era. We must bring new thinking into the control of aerospace technology. It is counterproductive that the government, for example, prevents the sale of U.S. aerospace technology that is readily available from other sources worldwide. This is particularly true when the customer is a valued ally.

  • Air Transportation: Our current air traffic control infrastructure is not scalable to meet future air transportation demand and is vulnerable to attack. We must begin to develop an infrastructure that meets the nation's future air traffic capacity and security needs. If we do not act now, we can expect the delays of the past few years to return and worsen, with resultant increases in cost and inconvenience for the American people and business. The temporary slowdown in air traffic resulting from the events of September 11, 2001, provide an opportunity to start developing a new air transportation system that can readily handle future air system capacity needs while improving public safety and homeland security.

    "This second interim report outlines near-term matters that the Commission feels should be addressed prior to the issue of our final report," said Chairman Robert S. Walker. "While we feel this action is needed now to positively impact the long-term outlook of the industry, the Commission will be addressing these issues more comprehensively in the final report."

    The Commission's recommendations are outlined in the attached copy of Interim Report #2.

    The Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry is a congressionally mandated commission, as established in Section 1092 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001, Public Law 106-398. The Commission was formed to study the future of the United States aerospace industry in the global economy, particularly in relationship to United States national security; and to assess the future importance of the domestic aerospace industry for the economic and national security of the United States. The next public meeting of the Commission is scheduled for May 14, 2002 in the Department of Commerce Auditorium and will focus on the issues of space, workforce and industrial base. http://www.aerospacecommission.gov

  • Interim Report #2 - Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry (full text)

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