SMD Continues to Have Cost Overrun Problems

Keith's note: Word has it that NASA SMD is threatening to take all Mars R&A funds that are not released for
awards by the end of June to use elsewhere inside of SMD. Many are concerned that this action will spread outside of the Mars program. Either way, in the end, science is suffering due to the way that SMD is being run.

In a related noted, I have been compiling a list of mission delays that have happened in the past year under Ed Weiler. These slips are related to cost overruns that SMD is unable and/or unwilling to contain. Please let me know if I have missed any:

SDO: slipped from 2008 to 2009
MSL: slipped from 2009 to 2011
LDCM: slipped from 2011 to 2012
LADEE: slipped from 2011 to 2012
ILN: slipped from 2013 to 2018
JWST: slipped from 2013 to 2014
Solar Probe: slipped from 2015 to 2018
Mars Sample Return: slipped from 2018 to 2022 (or later)

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