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Response of The MITRE Corporation to the NSTC Request for Comment on the Orbital Debris Research and Development Implementation Plan

MITRE responds to a National Science and Technology Council request for information seeking input on interagency research and development priorities to mitigate the issue of orbital debris.

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The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit company that works in the public interest to tackle difficult problems that challenge the safety, stability, security, and well-being of our nation through the operation of multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) and labs, and participation in public-private partnerships. Working across federal, state, and local governments—as well as industry and academia—gives MITRE a unique vantage point. MITRE works in the public interest to discover new possibilities, create unexpected opportunities, and lead by pioneering together for public good to bring innovative ideas into existence in areas such as artificial intelligence, intuitive data science, quantum information science, health informatics, policy and economic expertise, trustworthy autonomy, cyber threat sharing, and cyber resilience.

MITRE provides FFRDC support to a broad swath of the federal government’s space-related agencies, including the Department of Defense (all service branches), the Intelligence Community, the Department of Commerce (Office of Space Commerce and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration), and the Federal Aviation Administration, all of whom are impacted differently by the challenges of orbital debris. Because of this experience, we are uniquely positioned to recommend solutions that take advantage of whole-of-government options to make substantial improvements on orbital debris.