Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry

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Cover of the final report of the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry

Cover of the 2002 Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry.

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The Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry was formed by United States President George W. Bush and the United States Congress in 2001. The commission was formed to study the future of the U.S. aerospace industry in the global economy, particularly in relationship to U.S. national security; and to assess the future importance of the domestic aerospace industry for the economic and national security of the United States.

Commissioners Appointed By President Bush:

  • Buzz Aldrin (Apollo Astronaut)
  • Ed Bolen, (President of General Aviation Manufacturers Association)
  • John Douglass (President & CEO, Aerospace Industries Association)
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist & Director, Hayden Planetarium)
  • Commission Chair: Robert Smith Walker (former Congressman & Chair of Science Committee, R. Pa)
  • Heidi Wood (VP & Sr. Analyst, Aerospace & Defense Sector, Morgan Stanley)

Commissioners Appointed By Congress

  • Tom Buffenbarger (President of International Machinists and Aerospace Workers)
  • Tillie Fowler (former Congresswoman & Member Armed Services Committee, R. Fla)
  • John Hamre (former Deputy Secretary of Defense)
  • Whitten Peters (former Secretary of the Air Force)
  • William Schneider (Chairman, Defense Science Board)
  • Robert Stevens (COO Lockheed)

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