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Evaluation of the National Aerospace Initiative
minorities, and researcher exchange are included. The NAI-affiliated URETIs are funded at about $3 million per year.
The committee recognizes that NAI alone cannot allay all concerns about the U.S. aerospace workforce; however, it believes that NAI can assist in a national effort to address those concerns. The committee believes that efforts to achieve NAI technical objectives can help the aerospace workforce by providing the most important component—stable and predictable funding. Despite finding several drawbacks to the current URETI model that should be addressed, the committee believes that the NAI URETIs are stimulating aerospace education and the workforce. The committee believes that pursuit of NAI’s workforce-related goals can and should be strengthened. The committee recommends that DoD and NASA establish an aerospace workforce pillar along with the existing hypersonics, access-to-space, and space technology pillars.