So They Say

Something looks very wrong with the management of the President's Star Wars missile defense program. Instead of clear and steady progress toward establishing its technological feasibility, the program's managers seem to shift emphasis every few months from one vaunted breakthrough to another. Last year the free-electron laser was hot stuff; now attention veers to crash development of space-based rockets. The primary goal seems political: getting production lines running before President Reagan l

The Scientist Staff
Apr 5, 1987
Something looks very wrong with the management of the President's Star Wars missile defense program. Instead of clear and steady progress toward establishing its technological feasibility, the program's managers seem to shift emphasis every few months from one vaunted breakthrough to another. Last year the free-electron laser was hot stuff; now attention veers to crash development of space-based rockets. The primary goal seems political: getting production lines running before President Reagan leaves office. That goal collides with any kind of orderly technical progress.
—Editorial: "Star Wars Stumbles on Itself"
The New York Times,
p. A26 March 10, 1987

British Empire Syndrome

Increased spending on British science and technology is a waste of money without more social and economic research into effectively exploiting them, according to Sir Douglass Hague, chairman of the Economic and Social Research Council.

More money for scientific and technological discoveries simply assisted other countries to exploit...

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