Aerospace Corporation, headquartered in El Segundo, California, is an independent nonprofit government service corporation (FFRDC), chartered to provide scientific and engineering assistance in the government's interest. Its engineers and scientists provide objective analysis and advice over the full range of disciplines associated with developing complex space systems, from initial concept and design through deployment and on orbit operation. Aerospace involvement ensures the application of advanced technology, recognition of past lessons learned, and integration of critical tasks in order to manage risk and limit costs. Aerospace operates an Air Force sponsored Federally Funded Research and Development Center serving as the architect engineer for national security space systems. It is the government's integral engineering arm for U.S. national security space and launch system programs, and works as a trusted partner with government agencies and contractors charged with implementing the national security space architecture. The corporation also cooperates with NASA, other civil agencies, and international space organizations in order to apply space-related technologies to critical problems in the national interest.
The Aerospace Corporation is engaged in work for the national defense and is required to comply with federal laws and regulations pertaining to the safeguarding of classified information and material. Security clearance criteria require that the Aerospace Corporation employ only United States citizens in certain positions. All job openings within the Engineering and Technology Group (ETG), Space Program Operations (SPO), Space Launch Operations (SLO), Systems Planning and Engineering Group (SPE), National Systems Group (NSG) and Information Office require that the employee obtain and maintain at least a secret clearance.
The Aerospace board elects corporate officers and sets policy for the Aerospace FFRDC while supervising and directing the general management of the corporation. From its inception, the Aerospace board has established and maintained strict conflict-of-interest standards for its members and for the corporation's officers and employees. As of May 2010, the Board included:
* Peter B. Teets, Chairman: Former Undersecretary of the Air Force and Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; former President and Chief Operating Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation.
* Gen. Thomas S. Moorman Jr. (USAF, Ret.) Vice Chairman: Former Vice Chief of Staff, USAF; former Commander of Air Force Space Command.
* Dr. Wanda M. Austin: President and CEO, the Aerospace Corporation; former Senior Vice President, National Systems Group, and former Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology Group, the Aerospace Corporation.
* Gen. Howell M. Estes III (USAF, Ret.): President, Howell Estes & Associates, Inc.; former Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command and Commander, Air Force Space Command; former Director of Operations, the Joint Staff.
* Rufus A. Fulton Jr.: Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fulton Financial Corporation; former Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
* Nelson F. Gibbs; Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics; former Controller, Northrop Grumman.
* John E. McLaughlin; Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency.
* Michael Montelongo; Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Sodexo, Inc; former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller.
* Dr. M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell; Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor and Chair, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for International Studies.
* Dr. Sally K. Ride; Co-founder and CEO, Imaginary Lines, Inc.; Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of California, San Diego; former NASA astronaut; former Director, NASA Office of Exploration; first American woman in space.
* Jeffrey H. Smith; Senior Partner, law firm of Arnold & Porter; former General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency; former General Counsel, Senate Armed Services Committee.
* K. Anne Street; President, Riverside Consulting Group, Inc.; former President and Chief Operating Officer, Geo-Centers, Inc.; former Vice President, Battelle Memorial Institute.
* Vincent Vitto; Private consultant; retired President and CEO, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory; Chairman, Intelligence Science Board.
* Robert S. Walker; Executive Chairman, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates; former Member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
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