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June 30, 2014 FCW.COM 21 ONLINE REPORT SPONSORED BY: Iron Bow Technologies TOPICS INCLUDE: Special Report NETCENTS-2: THE IT KEY TO THE AIR FORCE'S NET-CENTRIC MISSION NETCENTS EVOLVES AS REQUIREMENTS EVOLVE AIR FORCE LEVERAGES THE POWER OF MANDATORY USE POLICY AIR FORCE CREATES NEW OPENINGS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES PRODUCT BUYING CRITERIA: NOT A SIMPLE MATTER TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: FCW.COM/2014NETCENTS2 in some than in others, for passion can be a dif cult thing to maintain in any government entity, even one as excep- tional as NASA. Any one of these people could make more money in private industry, yet they choose to stay with NASA. Why? It might be the exciting nature of the work; it might be that they are ful lling a childhood dream. It might even, for some in the twilight of their careers, be the promise of a pension that they have earned with 30 years of service. But scratch the surface and you will nd passion within. The Grumman engineers who designed the Lunar Module, that most dif cult of spacecraft to conceive and build, did so with great passion. The company had staked its reputation and even its future on the successful design and construction of a spacecraft that nobody even knew how to build when they started. It took rich reserves of passion and persistence to follow the Herculean task to its conclusion. But they did, and none of Grumman s machines failed in ight; indeed, with- out the Lunar Module on Apollo 13, the astronauts would have died with- in hours of the explosion that robbed them of the use of their Apollo capsule. Likewise, the people who designed and fabricated the heat-shielding tiles for the space shuttle had great passion. Nobody was quite sure if the design would work. The idea seemed outland- ish at the beginning --- cover the bulk of a huge space plane with fragile little ceramic tiles and af x them with glue? But the math checked out, the tests con rmed their beliefs, and the pas- sion within them allowed the program to enjoy a high rate of success. Live the inspiration When you are faced with a challenge, large or small, in the workplace or your own private activities, think on the accomplishments over the last half-century of space exploration and the nature of the people and the system that allowed them to occur. Re ect on the boldness of the vision, the daring of the execution and the passion that drove it. Use this great gift to your own advantage, and achieve great things. Innovation is where you nd it; it is a serendipitous process that cannot be quanti ed. But when the spark is ignited within you, bring the qualities that took America to the moon, built a magni cent space station and explored the planets to your greatest dreams. And then watch how innovation can take root in your own endeavors. ■
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