A joint venture between two leading aerospace companies retained FTI Consulting to develop a comprehensive government affairs strategy to assure the United States’ access to space was not jeopardized by a Congressional decision to ban the use of foreign-made rocket engines for space launches.
The United States Congress sought to end the nation’s reliance on rocket engines manufactured by a particular foreign country following geopolitical events in 2014. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 banned the use of rocket engines manufactured by this country after 2019 despite the fact that engines manufactured in the United States would not be available until at least 2021.
Our Role And Outcome
To ensure the alliance could compete for missions until an alternative engine was available, FTI Consulting developed a strategy to directly engage key lawmakers and their staff with a uniform message that the alliance was committed to ending its dependence on the current supplier of rocket engines, but should be permitted to use the engines until an engine manufactured in the United States was available. FTI Consulting developed champions on Capitol Hill for the alliance, securing its position as a vendor of choice in United States’ space launches.
The alliance continues to be an FTI Consulting client.