Sending Office: Honorable Stephen Knight
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Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in support of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) by signing onto a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies requesting $790 million for the program. Our
nation’s aviation capabilities and related manufacturing industries depend on robust and predictable research funding.

There is a strong national interest in rebuilding our infrastructure, adapting the economy to rapid technological change, and investing in our military. Several NASA programs under ARMD play important roles in achieving all three of these goals and maximizing
the potential of our air commerce. NASA has created a Strategic Implementation Plan based around roadmaps in aviation technology that are essential to the future of commerce. The next few years are critical to following through on these efforts, including:

1)  Proving the technology that will be used in tomorrow’s civil aviation and military fleets. Several foreign governments are working on quieter, faster, and more efficient aircraft that can leapfrog the aircraft designs U.S. manufacturers now build, which
could potentially displace U.S.-built commercial and general aviation aircraft and cause severe damage to our aerospace manufacturing base.

2)  Developing the systems to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into our airspace. The first country that does this will give its domestic businesses first-mover advantage in countless economic opportunities.

Other countries – notably China, Russia, France, and Japan – are investing heavily in these same technologies. Should another country develop these capabilities before the U.S., air fleet operators would have strong incentives to purchase aircraft from that
first mover, and other governments may even pass regulations that forbid the import of U.S.-made aircraft. This would be devastating to the U.S. aerospace industry, which adds $146 billion to our export economy. This is not simply a commercial industry. It
is the same manufacturing base that produces military aircraft that are fundamental to our military power projection.

Congress has recently fought off proposed cuts to key aviation research, allowing these programs to progress through their research lifecycle to the point where promising technologies and systems are ready to be flight tested. This stage requires procurement
and flying time that come with higher costs. In order to complete its research capture the full benefits of legacy programs, ARMD must have adequate resources.

The deadline to sign the letter is COB Friday, March 14, 2018.  We also ask that you submit the letter as part of your individual requests into the electronic submission system at as well.  

If you would like to sign on or you have any questions, please contact Adam Brooks in Rep. Knight’s office (, x51236) or Lauren Sarkesian in Rep. Don Beyer’s office (,



Steve Knight                                                                                       Donald S. Beyer Jr.
Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress