NASA faces broad challenges in meeting major program cost and schedule projections, each with deep roots in the five-decade-old organization and currently exacerbated by a tough budget environment that is lowering buying power, the agency’s inspector general (IG) cautions. Those challenges include a culture of optimism, technical obstacles, unstable budgets and a lack of small program opportunities for promising managers to gain experience, according to IG Paul Martin in his Sept. 27 ...

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