Public Policy and Government Affairs
Space Foundation CEO Participates in Media Session on Sequestration
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Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham participated in a Colorado Space Coalition media Q&A in July in Denver. The session followed remarks by Aerospace Industries Association Vice President of Space Systems Frank Slazer, who urged aerospace leaders to rally support against sequestration cuts to the federal defense budget.
Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed an act last August that established across-the-board cuts for a 10-year period. It established a bipartisan committee that failed to reach a consensus on a $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction plan. The Colorado Space Coalition, which became involved because Colorado has the second-largest aerospace economy in the nation and is home to numerous Army and Air Force bases, has prepared a "Call for Action" letter to Colorado's Congressional Delegation expressing its deep concern. Colorado's aerospace leaders shared the potential impacts of sequestration to Colorado's expansive aerospace economy, including the military, civil and commercial sectors. For more information on sequestration, click here.
Participants in the July media event included:
- Frank Slazer, vice president of space systems, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
- Major General Andy Love, co-chair, Colorado Space Coalition (CSC)
- Brian Binn, president, Military Affairs Division, The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
- Elliot H. Pulham, chief executive officer, Space Foundation
- Industry representatives from the Colorado Space Coalition's membership
About the Colorado Space Coalition
The Colorado Space Coalition (CSC) is a partnership among members of the private sector, the state of Colorado, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce/Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, several economic-development agencies, the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, higher education institutions, and other stakeholders. The CSC works to maintain Colorado as a center of excellence for space and expand the state as the "best place for aerospace companies to locate and thrive." For more information, see www.spacecolorado.org.
This article is part of Space Watch: August 2012 (Volume: 11, Issue: 8).
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