State of the Space Industrial Base
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NDIA’s Emerging Technologies Institute (ETI) brought together the authors of the recent State of the Space Industrial Base 2022 report, published by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and leading industry experts, to discuss critical steps the United States must take to maintain its leadership position in space vis-à-vis China. Specifically, the authors provided an in-depth look at key issues covered in the report that are essential to the ongoing success of the space industrial base and to the future of U.S. leadership in space. Topics included the need for the U.S government to articulate a national vision for space; ways that the U.S. can accelerate domestic manufacturing and strengthen supply chains for the space industry; given increased Chinese investment in science and technology (“S&T”), steps the U.S. must take to maintain its leadership in global research and development and to transition innovative products and services into operational use; and industry perspectives on the health of the space industrial base and how the government and industry can work together to promote innovation, strengthen the sector, and ensure that the U.S. is the technological leader in this critical area.
This report outlines some of the key observations and recommendations derived from the webinar panels.