Commerce, NASA Begin U.S. Civil Space Industrial Base Assessment (March 2023)

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE) is conducting a comprehensive assessment of the U.S. Civil Space Industrial Base (CSIB) in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of the Administrator, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).

For the purposes of this study, the domestic civil space industrial base consists of non-military/DOD space-related work supporting primarily NASA and NOAA and to a lesser extent Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, and the Department of Energy including prime contractors, commercial companies, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), universities, and laboratories.

The principal goal of this survey is to better understand the domestic CSIB supply chain network. The data collected will help identify the structure and interdependencies of organizations that participate in the CSIB, especially NASA and NOAA systems and subsystems.

This effort will enable NASA and NOAA to understand and respond to supply chain deficiencies and disruptions related to diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS), foreign sourcing and dependencies, cyber security incidents, critical minerals and materials, COVID-19 pandemic impacts, and other challenges. The resulting data and subsequent analysis will allow industry representatives and government policy officials to better monitor trends, benchmark industry performance, and raise awareness of potential issues of concern.

Roughly 2,000 organizations affiliated with the U.S. CSIB will participate in this mandatory data collection. Each organization’s contribution is vital to ensuring a meaningful, robust analysis of NASA’s and NOAA’s supply chains, which is intended to improve the mission execution of both NASA and NOAA.

Additional information is available at the survey’s website.

Source: Press release