Corporate Take-Over at NASA

US--In January, NASA announced plans to "collaborate in planning future joint research and development" with Lockheed Martin, a major US weapons contractor. NASA Ames Research Center Director Henry McDonald stated he was "delighted to form this planning partnership." NASA will now turn to war-profiteering businesses for guidance on how to spend taxpayers dollars on "cutting-edge technologies and ... new ideas to improve the nation's education infrastructure." Lockheed Martin's Jay Honeycutt explained that such "research collaborations with government agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations are a crucial component of our business strategy for the future." Among the goals of this unprecedented federal-multinational merger: biotechnology, technology commercialization, astrobiology and workforce development.

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