Further cuts to budgets for NASA’s exploration and research programs, NOAA’s weather satellite programs and national security satellite programs will undermine America’s technological leadership and harm the national interest. Insufficient budgets threaten our nation’s preeminent leadership in space our continued reliance on the Russians for astronaut transportation to the International Space Station is a glaring example of how we are not adequately funding U.S. space programs. Programmatic and funding instability for civil and defense space programs risks our highly-skilled workforce, diminishes technological innovation and limits the prospects of organizations like NASA to inspire and motivate our youth to reach for the stars.
Support U.S. Space Leadership
Dear [Decision Maker],
Our nation's civil and national security space programs need investments to maintain our leadership in space.Our nation has benefited greatly from our investments in space programs - from our world dominant information technology industry and the navigation revolution enabled by the Global Positioning System, to vastly improved weather forecasts and a greater understanding of our universe and its origins. Cutting the budgets of NASA's exploration and research programs, NOAA's weather satellite programs and national security satellite programs will undermine America's technological leadership and harm the national interest. Inadequate budgets at a time when China, Russia and other nations are growing their space capabilities - threaten our leadership in space. Our nation's reliance on Russia for astronaut transportation to the International Space Station is a glaring example of how we are not adequately funding U.S. space programs.Key points for your consideration:* U.S. space programs civil, commercial and national security drive our nation's national security, competitiveness, economic growth and innovation. * Although the recent budget agreement for fiscal year 2014 provided some short-term stability for civil and defense space programs, federal space spending is several billion dollars lower than two years ago making continued U.S. space leadership an uncertain proposition. Funding for space programs across the government only account for about one percent of the entire federal budget. * More than 60 nations today are engaged in space programs. According to a recent study, while the United States is still the leader in space competitiveness, it is the only nation whose competitiveness has declined seven years in a row.* More than 50 years after John Glenn was the first American in orbit, the United States now has no national capability to put our astronauts into space. Without steady investment in new human spaceflight systems, NASA will continue to pay for years to come more than $70 million per crew member to Russia to place Americans into orbit. * NASA and industry are poised to send US astronauts back into space and it is developing a capability to send crews beyond low Earth for the first time since 1972. But while NASA is working on returning to deep space exploration, future cuts could prevent it from reaching new destinations like asteroids, the Moon, and Mars.* As our military downsizes, its space capabilities become more essential than ever they provide an impressive asymmetric advantage that we can't afford to lose.
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