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Lockheed-Martin CEO Robert Stevens warned Tuesday that “space is broken, badly broken” and the U.S. space effort needs an infusion of both federal funds and engineering infrastructure to rescue both civilian and military efforts, reports EE Times.
In a keynote speech at the National Space Symposium, Stevens said the current national level of 78,000 engineering graduates a year is woefully inadequate. “One in four engineers at Lockheed-Martin is now over 50,” he said. “Today’s engineer has choices of where to apply talent, and we need to rekindle the excitement for space.”
Stevens said the U.S. is in danger of “ceding our spaceflight leadership to Russia, China and even India,” and that leadership could not be preserved without a sustained investment. He called for doubling NASA’s budget at a cost of only 32 cents a day for every American. Americans are willing to spend more on pets or gifts than on commercial space, he said.
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