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BoeingLockheedMartin Spokesmouth Bashes OIG SLS Report

By Keith Cowing
October 12, 2018
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Inspector General Attack On NASA Super-Rocket Marred By Mistakes, Omissions, Loren Thompson, Lexington Institute
“I have read the audit through twice and talked to Boeing executives about its findings. It appears to be a political document engineered by a holdover appointee from the Obama administration — the same administration that tried to kill all of NASA’s human exploration programs. It omits important information, misstates key facts and isn’t even internally consistent in its assertions. … First, the audit fails to provide historical context that might help explain why problems have occurred. This is only the second time in history that any country has tried to develop such a powerful rocket. The first time was the Saturn V program for Apollo missions to the Moon, half a century ago. With the demise of the Space Shuttle program, key skills were lost, infrastructure aged and the supply chain atrophied. NASA understood there were major challenges ahead, but the Inspector General is mum on their impact.”
Keith’s note: The core thrust of Thompson’s paid whining is either Blame Obama or its so hard to build a big rocket (even though companies that Boeing bought did it half a century ago).

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