From: email@example.com (JamesOberg) Newsgroups: sci.space.policy Subject: Re: Dan Goldin's Revealing Quotes Date: 24 Dec 1997 22:34:04 GMT My criticism of the NASA approach to the Russians is they were enthusiastically delusional in rejecting the consensus of outside advice as far back as 1994. They refused to deal with anyone who already knew the Russian space program, and decided to 'train their own experts', who predictably gave the higher-ups the advice that was known to be desired from the first place. Now they react with wide-eyed amazement at having been blind-sided yet again. Yet they chose a deliberate posture to invite that blind-siding, IMHO.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (JamesOberg) Newsgroups: sci.space.policy Subject: Re: Dan Goldin's Revealing Quotes Date: 27 Dec 1997 22:50:08 GMT Were NASA experts excluded? <<Did this exclusion extend to others who knew the Russians?>> Indeed, yes. A long list of NASA officials who knew how to deal with Russians (like, the NASA guy who, on loan, was in charge of the acquisition of the TOPAZ reactor for Sandia Labs in Albuquerque), and all were excluded, because, according to an Energiya official, "anybody who knows Russian language or is familiar with Russian space technology is probably ex-CIA and this will offend us and poison the atmosphere." I didn't make this up!