Friday, March 8, 2013

We're Losing And Don't Even Know It

A while back, i posted a story about how the ChiComs seemed to have the uncanny ability to turn out "exact" copies of some of our most secret weapons systems, mostly new fighter jets and some war ships that we spent decades and hundreds-of-Billions developing. And of course, they turn them out in a fraction of the time, and at a fraction of the cost! Are they clairvoyant? No they're not. They just know a weak nation (guess who?) when they see one and they're smart enough to take full advantage of that weakness. 

Or, is it something other than, or in addition to our weakness and stupidity? Say,....... help from within? Hmmm...


Schteveo said...

Don't take this the wrong way, but ANYONE getting pointers from NASA will NOT be better off for the experience. We don't launch ANYTHING of merit from NASA pads. And what we do launch is 30 or 40 year old technology, that was designed and sometimes built by guys who've been retired for 20 to 30 years.

I'm a daily reader at Transterrestrial Musings, it's run by a Rand Simburg, a guy who describes himself as a Recovering Aerospace Engineer. He very tied to the old NASA and the privateers who are attempting to build a civilian run, civilian supported space industry. Through reading his blog I've learned WAY more about the inner workings at NASA than I wanted to know as someone who grew up during the Space Race.

It seems to me that NASA is run like most of the school districts now. Two administrators for every working stiff. Many of the working stiffs may be willing to do a good job, but there's no direction. NASA thinks nothing of spending $10M on a study to see if the should spend more money. Then they green light the project, work it for 5 or 6 years, then kill it because it's been behind the pre-set milestones since day one. And the leaders there are life-long aerospace people who have ALWAYS suckled at the gub'ment teat.

I'm not going to swear to it, but it seems to me that many in the hierarchy spend 2/3 of their time jockeying for control of NASA or a large chunk of it anyway.

That they had SO monumental a security breech and leak, surprises me not. The only good thing is that NASA doesn't have secret intel. The rocket technology NASA has, can be found in rocketry text books. So I'm not sure how much danger this puts us under.

Spider said...

Those dumb ChiComs, putting their spies where there are no real secrets to be had. And here i was thinking they were so smart. Next, we'll probably find out that they've infiltrated our candy industry as well. Oh wait, do we have a candy industry? Shhh, let's not tell them.