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Byzantine NASA: Pioneering Spirit Lost?

"The Byzantine Empire once ruled the world. As the empire grew in size, so did its bureaucracy and structural complexity. This resulted in diminishing efficiency, until the empire reached the point where it collapsed under its own weight. Thus was created the pejorative adjective "Byzantine."

"There are those who argue that organizations naturally grow in size and complexity, such that they inevitably become Byzantine. There are those who would argue that NASA has already reached that point." — Dr. Leroy Chiao, NASA astronaut, ISS commander. Read more…