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AIA Welcomes NASA Realignment (June 25)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The following is a statement by John W. Douglass, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association:

The aerospace industry is encouraged that NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe and his leadership team have begun to act on the recommendations of the President’s Commission on the Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, chaired by former astronaut Pete Aldridge.

Among those recommendations is a call for NASA to be “transformed to become more focused and effectively integrated.” N

ASA’s announcement today that it will merge seven existing Enterprises into four Mission Directorates begins this process.

AIA’s Board of Governors has identified aerospace research and development as a critical issue for the competitiveness of the United States.

With a new vision for interplanetary exploration and opportunities to advance the state of aeronautics research and development as guideposts, NASA is repositioning itself to meet these challenges and keep the United States at the forefront of aerospace innovation.

We look forward to working with NASA as it pursues its mission to protect the planet, explore the cosmos and inspire future generations of Americans to great achievements in science and technology.

Statement from AIA President and CEO John W. Douglass on the NASA Realignment Announced Today