Florida Today reports that Brevard Workforce has shifted the focus of the work it is doing for laid off shuttle workers under a $15 million emergency grant from the federal government designed to fund on-the-job training:
Brevard Workforce requested and received permission to spend most of the money on more basic career services, like how to search for a job, write resumes, interview and network.
LOCKHEED MARTIN PR — DENVER, June 14th, 2011 — Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a major business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, announced today employment reductions designed to address affordability and improve its competitive posture.
Space Systems, which currently employs approximately 16,000 employees in 12 states, will implement a broad-based workforce reduction of roughly 1,200 employees by year-end. It is anticipated that middle management will be reduced by 25 percent, with significantly smaller percentage impacts in other levels and disciplines.
Layoffs began last week at key NASA centers and contractors as a result of multiple factors. Some related to the wind down of the space shuttle program. Others resulted from Congressional action that will transition the space agency away from the Constellation program. A smaller number involved NASA budget reductions to one center.
Giving NASA a clear mission G. Ryan Faith makes the case for giving NASA a straightforward missionâ€”space explorationâ€”and prioritizing its tasks accordingly.
Protecting the space workforce Taylor Dinerman warns that DOD and NASA program cuts could lead to a brain drain like the ones seen after previous mass layoffs.
Is the near-Earth space frontier closed? Much of what made the Space Age possible was driven by the development of ICBMs and related spacecraft systems. Andrew Tubbiolo argues that this legacy may make it more difficult for commercial and civil entities to expand their activities in Earth orbit.
Review: Pluto Confidential The recent IAU General Assembly has come and gone without any changes in the definition of â€œplanetâ€ or Plutoâ€™s classification. Jeff Foust reviews a new book that takes yet another look at the controversy surrounding Plutoâ€™s status and how it compares to previous planetary controversies.
“More than 8,000 NASA contractor jobs in the nation’s manned space program could be eliminated after the space shuttle program is shut down in 2010, the agency said Tuesday.
“The number of civil servants is expected to remain roughly the same, but dramatic job cuts are possible among private contractors as NASA transitions to the Constellation program, which is developing the next-generation vehicle and rockets to go to the moon and later to Mars.”