November 21, 2007

Anatomy of failure

Q. What happens when you combine:

1) The unrealistic expectations of the National Reconnaissance Office in setting requirements for a new spy satellite system.
2) Competitive bidding
3) No oversight over the winning bidder, in fact, you let them write reports telling you how things are going
4) Congress sets a budget without adequately determining what the new system would realistically cost
5) Few or no people with advanced systems engineering experience?

A. You get the disaster known as the Future Imagery Architecture .

Oh, and there's blame to go around for this one... Democrats and Republicans.

Posted by mcblogger at November 21, 2007 10:24 AM

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