In 2007, the National Security Space Office (NSSO) and the Air Force partnered with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to conduct a comprehensive survey of the U.S. space industrial base. The Office of Space Commercialization worked with BIS to identify companies to participate in the survey and to provide key inputs and guidance into the survey and final report.
Among other things, the survey data showed that most space-related R&D spending and innovation is done by small- and medium-size companies. The survey also collected information on the impacts of export controls on the industrial base.
The BIS data was presented to the Space Industrial Base Council (SIBC) and incorporated into the Defense Industrial Base Assessment of the U.S. Space Industry issued by the Air Force in August 2007.