Money line number one from Aviation Week regarding Futron Corp.’s 2011 Space Competitiveness Index:

“Of the 10 countries analyzed, only the United States has shown four straight years of competitiveness declines,” Futron notes in an executive summary. “By contrast, Russia, China and Japan have improved their own space competitiveness by 12%, 27% and 45%, respectively, over their relative starting points from when Futron’s benchmarking process began in 2008.”

Money line number two:

Overall trends studied by Futron reveal that cooperation in space tends to intensify competition.

Of course, increased competition cooperation is an important and recurring theme in the year-old National Space Policy. 

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