NASA and Accelerating American Innovation

  • Thursday, Mar 10, 2011

  • NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden spoke with James Lewis, director of the CSIS Technology and Public Policy Program, about NASA’s role in fostering and accelerating innovation. Bolden discussed the president’s FY11 budget proposal for NASA and emphasized the agency’s goal to make future missions affordable, sustainable, and realistic.

    NASA’s work contributes directly to the American innovation economy, inspiring legions of students to pursue STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and piloting technology developments that help create the industries of tomorrow. NASA is also an engine of job growth, funneling $184 million to small businesses over the coming year. Bolden said NASA needs to accept and manage the inherent risks of exploration by partnering on missions with U.S. allies and the commercial space industry.

    Following Bolden’s remarks, CSIS’s Lewis led a panel discussion with NASA chief technologist Robert D. Braun, Mercator XXI CEO Christopher G. Caine, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Tyrone Taylor.

    Mr. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
    NASA Administrator
    NASA and Accelerating American Innovation

    Followed by a panel discussion with
    Robert D. Braun
    Chief Technologist, NASA

    Christopher G. Caine
    President and CEO, Mercator XXI, LLC

    Tyrone Taylor
    Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC

    Introduction by
    Dr. John Hamre
    President and CEO, CSIS

    Moderated by
    James Lewis
    Director, CSIS Technology and Public Policy Program

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