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USA-OK is limited in scope to the State of Oklahoma. The aerospace industry has been a cornerstone of Oklahoma’s economy for decades; Oklahoma’s position as one of the major worldwide centers for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft has provided well-paying jobs for a variety of skill levels. However, the industry’s position in Oklahoma is now challenged by global competition, changes in technology, national and worldwide economic conditions, and U.S. national policies that are impacting defense, civilian and commercial aviation. To maintain this important sector of Oklahoma’s economy, the state’s economic development leaders have taken on the challenge of increasing the industry’s competitiveness.