Goals for a National Partnership in
Aeronautics Research and Technology
III. A New Aeronautics Partnership
Partnership has propelled powered flight, in little more than the span
of a single lifetime, from its roots at Kitty
Hawk, to today's global aviation system that connects cultures and economies. Aviation will remain at the forefront
of global transportation, communications and commerce, as well as remain an indispensable tool of national
security. A new partnership between government, industry, and universities will allow the U.S. to meet the many
challenges it faces in aeronautics and to maintain its position as a global leader.
The Administration, in cooperation with industry and academia, has developed the common goals outlined in this
document. This is an important first step, providing a framework for partnership. Through the National Science
and Technology Council (NSTC), the next step is to establish an integrated national strategy and a set of investment
priorities that will enable us to meet these broad goals.
Over the course of the next year, the NSTC, in partnership with industry and academia, will perform a national
assessment to guide the direction and character of the Federal investment in U.S. civil aviation technology for the
future. The assessment will include development of top-level technical goals, roadmaps to achieve the goals,
partnership mechanisms, and analyses of benefits, priorities, opportunity costs, roles and responsibilities, and
interrelationships with other national initiatives.
This document, together with the detailed national assessment, will provide the blueprint for our public-private
partnership for the future, as well as communicate with the American people and the Congress our proposed
investment portfolio. The NSTC welcomes comments and participation in the planning process as we move to
ensure the technology base and infrastructure for a vital aviation industry and transportation system.
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