From: Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2002
WASHINGTON- During its third public meeting, the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry voted to issue its third interim report to address issues of immediate importance to the industry. The Commission voted to include several near-term recommendations regarding industrial base, space and workforce issues.
Chairman Robert S. Walker stated, "Our third interim report will address stepping stones toward a final report that will positively impact the long-term outlook of the industry. This is not, however, our final word on the enormous challenges facing the aerospace industry now and in the future. Our final report will focus on the vision and actions necessary to ensure a vibrant future for U.S. aerospace."
The Commission received testimony from industry and government representatives, as well as educators and students. Commissioner John Douglass led the discussion on industrial base issues with input on investment policy from Commissioners Bob Stevens and Heidi Wood. Space discussions were spearheaded by Commissioners Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson, while Commissioners Tom Buffenbarger and Tillie Fowler led the workforce discussions. At the meeting's conclusion, the Commission decided tef="lease an interim report based on the following proposed draft recommendations:
Industrial Base Recommendations
The Commission recommends the following actions be taken to address several areas of concern during Congressional deliberations in the current budget cycle and the Administration's preparation for the FY2004 budget:
* Review the industrial base, workforce and industry consolidation policy challenges * Review the long-term viability of the nation's fighter aircraft and solid rocket booster development design capability.
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 will be held August 22, 2002 in the Department of Commerce Auditorium. The Commission's final report will be released in November 2002.
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