President Barack Obama's proposed 2014 budget, released April 10, shows confidence in NASA and Dryden's ability to deliver.
Although we will be getting more details in the coming weeks, the initial information shows a net gain in Dryden's budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
An example of NASA's support was showcased in the video played prior to the NASA budget briefing, which is available at http://www.nasa.gov/news/budget/index.html with all of the budget documents and presentations. I was watching the video for the first time with all of you and it reflected favorably on the work we do. While Dryden accounts for just 1.5 percent of the NASA budget, it was encouraging to see Dryden activities so prominent. This really shows recognition for the work we do here and the people that make it happen.
We should also look for ways to lend our expertise to help NASA achieve its goals concerning the asteroid mission slated for 2025. There are many unknowns that will require answers and that could provide opportunities for us. Dryden is the home of a number of innovations and the center could make valuable contributions to that mission.
The president's proposed $262 million budget includes more funding for Exploration as Dryden assists with the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle development. Space Technology also is boosted to support the Flight Opportunities Program managed by Dryden for the agency. Science funding is up as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy continues to move toward operational status.
The proposed budget's decrease in Dryden's aeronautics funding is the result of the X-48 program wrapping up and reduced funding for the Unmanned Aircraft System Integration into the National Airspace System. The conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program also zeros out Dryden's space operations as planned.
A meeting of NASA Education Offices is set to determine the direction of that program as a response to the president's proposed budget. The president wants to consolidate some of the federal government's education efforts and reductions in NASA center education budgets are proposed as part of that restructuring.
We do have challenges ahead with our center management and operations (CM&O) budget in maintaining a healthy infrastructure to support our mission.
It's a fact we live in dynamic times as Congress and the president work on the federal budget and the sequestration process this year. The proposed budget is the first piece in a puzzle to determine what funds will be allocated to NASA and Dryden in fiscal year 2014.
Dryden will continue to focus on areas where we excel as we refine and improve how we do our work. The efficient way we are doing projects puts the center in a strong position for future work. We have established the ability to deliver on our commitments.
Regardless of how the final budget looks, I thank Dryden employees for their contributions. What we do here benefits NASA and the nation and makes it possible to fly what others only imagine.