Liberating NASA

Over the past four decades, NASA has matured, which also has made it so process-ridden and cautious – so responsible – that it has lost much of its energy and innovativeness. The Obama administration's proposed budget for the organization should help revive its performance - and holds important lessons for other industries and governments.

NEW YORK – Let me disclose my biases up front: I did not dream of going into space as a child. I took it for granted. My father was a (genuine) rocket scientist, and I figured that just as airplanes had become commonplace over the course of his life, space travel would become commonplace over the course of mine.