New report calls for U.S. strategy to boost space economy

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NASA’s Bill Nelson and Space Force chief Gen. Raymond: ‘We believe strong engagement from across government, industry and academia is essential to meet this moment’

WASHINGTON — U.S. national security space organizations released a report Nov. 18 proposing ways to boost the nation’s space economy and technology base.

The 92-page “State of the Space Industrial Base 2021”report was written by senior officials from the U.S. Space Force, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Innovation Unit. It summarizes discussions held with more than 250 government, industry and academic experts.  

“While the pace of innovation and investment in the U.S. is at an all-time high, this will not be sustained without strategic direction, robust adoption of commercial space capabilities expressed in meaningful contract opportunities, strategic workforce development, attention to fragile domestic supply lines, and addressing the anemic funding…

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