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From the Wright Brothers first flight to Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, America has built a traditon of being first in flight. But with the end of the US manned space flight program and the rise in global aerospace competition, many observers wonder if the nation that led the way during the last century will be the one to dp so during the next 100 years. With more than three decades of experience with one of the industry's leaders, outgoing Boeing Company Executive Vice President, Jim Albaugh spoke with us about what it will take to maintain America's competitive edge.

Jim Albaugh is an executive vice president of The Boeing Company. A 37-year veteran, Albaugh has led the company's commercial, defense, space, and security businesses. He will be retiring from the company on October 1, 2012.