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    R&D Policy Implications and Investments

    R&D Policy Implications and Investments

    Robert Braun Arati Prabhakar MichaelGriffinAIAAPresident-2012-14   Michael Gazarik

    Robert Braun

    David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Arati Prabhakar

    Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Michel D. Griffin

    AiAA President and Chairman and CEO, Schafer Corporation

    Michael Gazarik

    Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate


    Government investment has historically driven aerospace industry research and development. The quantity and direction of future government-sponsored R&D may be affected by the current fiscal landscape and the increasing commercialization of aerospace technologies, together with changing export and intellectual property policies and changing national security objectives. These changes occur against the broader backdrop of commercial R&D gaining in impact relative to government-funded R&D, and of an increasing fraction of global R&D being conducted outside the United States. At AIAA SciTech 2014 we will hear directly from policymakers regarding their vision for government-funded aerospace R&D, and explore how changes in policy and the broader R&D landscape will affect the aerospace industry.