coordination. However, the steering committee believes that NASA can provide effective national leadership in maintaining the superiority and competitiveness of U.S. aeronautics through a renewed emphasis on long-term R&D.5 This is particularly true for those areas of research and technology that could have a direct impact on the civil marketplace and in those leading-edge generic research and technology areas that would lead to either military or civilian applications. The same would be true for long-term, high-risk research and technology areas that intersect with FAA responsibilities that relate to aircraft safety, infrastructure efficiency, and environmental impact. As recommended in Aeronautical Technologies for the Twenty-First Century, NASA should take the leadership role in high-risk/high-payoff research related to these areas of shared responsibility (NRC, 1992).

An in-depth assessment of the specific programs and long-term R&D activities that NASA should engage in as the lead agency for aeronautics is the next logical step in this current strategic planning process. In addition, the roles of other federal agencies, private sector organizations, and academic institutions that are part of the nation's aeronautics partnership must be carefully considered and defined. The steering committee believes that this next phase of the strategic planning process should again be conducted with broad participation from government, industry, and academia and should proceed without delay.


NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). 1995. Achieving Aeronautics Leadership: Aeronautics Strategic Enterprise Plan, 1995–2000. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NRC (National Research Council). 1992. Aeronautical Technologies for the Twenty-First Century. Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Committee on Aeronautical Technologies. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

NSTC (National Science and Technology Council). 1995. Goals for a National Partnership in Aeronautics Research and Technology. Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Washington, D.C.: National Science and Technology Council.


The steering committee envisions that NASA's role in the development of technology would not extend beyond what is referred to by the DOD as 6.3A—Advanced Development.

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