How DOD’s Third Offset Strategy Benefits NASA

A new report highlights how NASA’s relationship with the Defense Department has kept the space agency primarily unscathed by sequestration, and its spending is on pace to rise again in fiscal 2016 following an 8 percent bump the prior year.

While most headlines are devoted to its space launch program, it’s actually NASA’s Applied Research and Exploratory Development that drives increased spending among NASA’s top five product and service categories. That category accounted for almost half of NASA’s spending from fiscal 2012-2015, according to analysis firm Govini.

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