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In US law, the national technology and industrial base comprises the industrial bases of the US and its three closest historical allies (Australia, Canada, and the UK). Over the course of the last twenty years, the technological environment has changed and many non-defense and global actors are now players in technological innovation. Congress and the Administration need to examine new policies that will allow the US to compete in this new technological environment and counterbalance the great power competition. A primary area where the US can reshape its strategic focus is space. The United States has a long- standing position of partnering with other countries on space programs, in particular, space exploration focused activities. Space is now being recognized by both developing and developed countries as a “means to an end” to help drive economic prosperity and technological innovation. From a strategic engagement point of view, the United States needs to strengthen its ties with existing partners and develop relationships with new partners. The US must be viewed as the first option for partnering on space related issues – however, current policies are hindering these goals, and enabling our peer competitors, such as China and Russia, to move quickly in developing partnerships with interested nations.