March 16, 2017
Mansfield Fellow Addresses Trends in Aerospace
Mansfield Fellow Michael Fletcher (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) provided a U.S.-Japan perspective on trends in aerospace at the Foundation’s joint symposium with the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo March 10. Mr. Fletcher began with an overview of the aviation sector, including its role in security and protection, its anticipated growth, new developments in the United States and Japan, and technology trends, challenges and opportunities. He then presented a historical perspective on the space sector, described new developments in space and what they mean for the United States and Japan, and discussed challenges, opportunities and security concerns in this sector. Mr. Fletcher’s presentation was moderated by Naoko Sugita of the New Enterprise Promotion Department at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Mr. Fletcher and Sean Wilson (U.S. Department of State), another member of the twenty-first group of Mansfield Fellows, also participated in the U.S.-Japan Space Forum meetings that took place in Japan March 6-8.