NASA Lacks Coherent Direction
A report sponsored by NASA has concluded that the agency is failing to inspire the world, the nation or even its own staff, and is unlikely to achieve long-term objectives such as a manned Mars landing.
In a report commissioned by Congress last year, the National Research Council also says that NASA’s budget doesn’t match up to its goals, and that legislative restrictions mean that NASA’s inefficient at managing its staff and infrastructure. The White House, it says, needs to re-examine NASA’s budget and free it up to operate more efficiently. Future strategic goals and objectives should be ambitious but technically achievable and should focus on the long term, says the report.