Tuesday, December 28, 2004

A downsized NASA

Summary of Buyout/Early Retirement Plan for FY 2005 - 2006 for NASA Ames Research Center (SpaceRef.com)

    Ames has conducted a comprehensive, strategic review of its human capital to identify the critical competencies needed to support new NASA strategies, program priorities, and budgetary limitations. This review indicated a need to rebalance the Center’s workforce to align with the current NASA Exploration mission, vision, and strategy. Changes in programmatic direction include:

  • Reduced budgetary resources to support computational physics, computation chemistry, information computing grid research, and fundamental computing architecture;
  • Shifting emphasis away from traditional aeronautical research to new information science technologies (such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, integrated systems health management, and robotics) and science initiatives (such as astrobiology and fundamental space biology); and
  • Reduced demand for wind tunnel testing and operations and manufacturing.
  • Immediate plans are to offer 374 buyout/early retirement opportunities in December 2004 – January 2005. More here

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