July 29, 2019
By Loren Thompson
The tragic loss of two Boeing 737 MAX airliners has spawned an orgy of negative media coverage, much of it focused on the supposed failings of the world’s biggest aerospace company. What has largely gone missing in all this reporting is an understanding of the role that Boeing plays in the national economy. If the 737 doesn’t safely and expeditiously return to service, there will be big economic consequences for the United States.
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|Loren B. Thompson is a Senior Adviser at GPI, Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit Lexington Institute and Chief Executive Officer of Source Associates, a for-profit consultancy. Prior to holding his present positions, he was Deputy Director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and taught graduate-level courses in strategy, technology and media affairs at Georgetown. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Thompson holds doctoral and masters degrees in government from Georgetown University and a bachelor of science degree in political science from Northeastern University.