After identifying crucial issues and administratively organizing itself in October, the Presidential Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry will begin its search for the aerospace vision of the future when it meets in public for the first time on November 27 in Washington, D.C. In addition to developing a vision for the future of aerospace, the commission plans to investigate: adequacy of federal budgets for aerospace research and development and procurement; adequacy of the current federal acquisition process; procedures for developing and fielding aerospace systems incorporating new technology in a timely fashion; policies, procedures and methods for financing and payment of government contracts; statutes and regulations governing international trade and the export of technology; policies governing taxation, particularly the impact on international competitiveness; programs for maintenance of national space launch infrastructure; and programs for the support of science and engineering education. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO John W. Douglass is one of 12 commissioners serving on the aerospace panel.