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Formed jointly by President George W. Bush and the Unites States Congress in 2001, the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry reported in November 2002 on steps to take to reinvigorate US competitiveness in aerospace; one of the main focuses was a strengthened space program.
"The Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry was established by Section 1092 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2001, Public Law 106-398. It 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."
The following Commissioners took part in the group:
Robert S. Walker: Commission Chairman, F. Whitten Peters: Commission Vice-Chairman, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Edward M. Bolen, R. Thomas Buffenbarger, John W. Douglass, Tillie K. Fowler, John J. Hamre, William Schneider Jr., Robert J. Stevens, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Heidi R. Wood.