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Reinventing NASA : human space flight, bureaucracy, and politics

Author: Roger Handberg
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
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From its beginnings, NASA was convinced that its real mission was to create the opportunity for a much different and better society on Earth, namely through human space flight. Pursuit of such a goal has led the agency to persist in certain activities even when they conflict with the wishes of Congress and the President. Recent changes in the international environment, changes that began well before September 11,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Handberg, Roger.
Reinventing NASA.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003
(DLC) 2002193111
(OCoLC)51280603
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Handberg
ISBN: 0313016135 9780313016134 0275970027 9780275970024 1280348917 9781280348914
OCLC Number: 57379964
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 273 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover --
REINVENTING NASA --
Contents --
Illustrations --
TABLES --
FIGURES --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
1 NASA and Defining the Dream --
INTRODUCTION --
THE DREAM 4 --
SOURCES OF INFORMATION --
EXPLAINING NASA --
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS --
ORGANIZATION OF THE DISCUSSION --
CONCLUSION --
NOTES --
2 In the Beginning --
INTRODUCTION --
RISING OUT OF NATIONAL HUMILIATION --
APOLLO AS THE FALSE DAWN --
POST-APOLLO APPLICATIONS PROGRAM AND SKYLAB --
SPACE TASK GROUP --
CONCLUSION --
NOTES --
3 An Imploding Agency: Post-Challenger Blues --
INTRODUCTION --
A FRAGILE NATIONAL SPACE PROGRAM --
CONFRONTING THE NEW WORLD --
REFOCUSING ON FUNDAMENTALS --
SEEKING THE FUTURE --
NOTES --
4 Inadvertent Political Catalyst: The Space Station Freedom --
INTRODUCTION --
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE --
BUILDING A BETTER MOUSETRAP --
APPROVING THE "NEXT LOGICAL STEP" --
REDESIGNING AWAY THE FUTURE --
BEYOND 1993 AND INTO THE FUTURE --
CONCLUSION --
NOTES --
5 Fixing Space Launch --
INTRODUCTION --
SPACE LAUNCH AS LEGACY --
A NEW START? --
REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLES --
MOVING ON --
SPACE LAUNCH INITIATIVE --
SPACE TRANSPORTATION AS TAR BABY 49 --
CONCLUSION --
NOTES --
6 "Faster, Better, Cheaper?" --
INTRODUCTION --
SPACE SCIENCE AS THE FIRST STEP --
FASTER, BETTER, CHEAPER --
BUILDING THE CASE --
NOTES --
7 Reinventing Government: Efficiency Comes to NASA --
INTRODUCTION 1 --
THERE IS NO MONEY --
REFORMING NASA --
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES --
OTHER INTERNAL EFFICIENCY MEASURES --
REVIEWING THE EFFORT --
NOTES --
8 Organizational Change as Goal-Directed Behavior --
INTRODUCTION --
DIVERSE AND CONFLICTING AGENDAS --
SEIZING THE FUTURE --
BUREAUCRATIC AUTONOMY --
CONCLUSION --
NOTES --
9 The Future of NASA --
INTRODUCTION --
PICKING UP THE HISTORICAL THREAD --
NASA'S PAST AS PROLOGUE --
INTRODUCING THE FUTURE --
NASA'S FATE --
SURVIVING IN THE JUNGLE --
INTERNATIONAL SPACE-SLOW AND INCREMENTAL --
CONCLUSION --
NOTES --
Afterword --
NOTES --
Appendix --
Selected References --
Index --
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Responsibility: Roger Handberg.

Abstract:

From its beginnings, NASA was convinced that its real mission was to create the opportunity for a much different and better society on Earth, namely through human space flight. Pursuit of such a goal has led the agency to persist in certain activities even when they conflict with the wishes of Congress and the President. Recent changes in the international environment, changes that began well before September 11, 2001, have brought the military back into the field of human space flight, a situation that holds certain hazards for NASA since the military is more powerful politically. Dramatic changes could be in store, changes that could severely damage NASA's capacity for continuing what it sees as its primary objective.

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