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Assesses the scope of external federal spending in the aerospace industry from 1993 to 2003 by tracking all government aerospace procurement and research and development (R&D) expenditures from 1993 to 2003. The study reveals a clear downward trend in federal aerospace procurement and R&D expenditures during the decade examined. This decline was felt in each of the primary aerospace sectors-air systems, missile systems, and space systems. DoD aerospace-related R&D spending dropped dramatically after the Cold War and overall external military spending declined by more than 40 percent during the period examined. Although NASA’s spending also declined, it has been able to avoid major decreases in its space system expenditures by drastically reducing infrastructure expenditures in order to maintain its mission priorities.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Study Background

  • Chapter Two

    State of the Aerospace Sector from 1993 to 2003

  • Appendix A

    The Evolution of the Aerospace Industry

  • Appendix B

    Data Tables

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