From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2001
Report by the International Space Station (ISS) Management and Cost Evaluation (IMCE) Task Force to the NASA Advisory Council, November 1, 2001
A primary mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is
"To advance human exploration, use, and development of space."
We have developed this report upon this premise. The International Space Station (ISS) objectives require the establishment of a long-term human presence in space. A clear articulation of the mission of ISS within the broader context of the human exploration of space would greatly benefit the setting of research priorities for the station.
Although the configuration of the Space Station has been modified, the fundamental purposes remain scientific research and international cooperation. Specific objectives are:
A critical element required for the overall ISS Program is a commitment to a long-term plan for transporting astronauts to and from the ISS.
We offer this report in response to the Terms of Reference (Appendix A) jointly established by NASA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We believe the recommendations contained in this report will enhance the probability that a credible ISS core complete program can be established. We also believe a responsible plan is offered to move beyond core complete to a fully capable ISS if justified by NASA performance.
The International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force (IMCE) commends the many dedicated NASA, international partners, support teams, and contractor personnel who contributed to this report. While these individuals provided constructive comments and suggestions, responsibility for the content of the final report rests entirely with the IMCE. Further, the findings and recommendations in this report are those of the IMCE.
EVALUATION TASK FORCE MEMBERS
A. Thomas Young, Chairman, North Potomac, MD
RADM. Thomas Betterton, USN (Retired), Vice Chairman, Warrenton, VA
SCIENCE GROUP MEMBERS
Michael DeBakey, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
Robert Richardson, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Richard Roberts, New England Biolabs, Beverly, MA
Rae Silver, Columbia University, New York, NY
ENGINEERING GROUP MEMBERS
Andreas Acrivos, City College of the City University of New York, NY
Kent Black, Pottsboro, TS
Pete Bracken, Gaithersburg, MD
Gregory Canavan, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
Sidney Gutierrez, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
Bradford Parkinson, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Peter Wilhelm, Naval Center for Space Technology, Washington, DC
Brig. Gen. Simon Worden, Headquarters, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO
BUSINESS, FINANCE GROUP MEMBERS
Anthony DeMarco, PRICE Systems, L.L.C., Mount Laurel, NJ
William Friend, Chairman, University of California President's Council on the National Laboratories, Washington, DC
Susan Eisenhower, The Eisenhower Institute, Washington, DC
Robert Grady, The Carlyle Group, San Francisco, CA
ADM. Paul Reason, USN (Retired), Metro Machine Corporation, Norfolk, VA
Roger Tetrault, Punta Gorda, FL
In addition to the International Space Station Management and Cost Eva luation Task Force staff, the following NASA personnel assisted the committee, helped obtain the required materials, and coordinated briefings:
Daniel Hedin, Executive Secretary, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Steven Schmidt, Executive Assistant, Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
Nantel Suzuki, Executive Assistant, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Yvonne Kellogg, Technical Editor, Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
1.0 Executive Summary
The International Space Station (ISS) Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force (IMCE) was chartered to conduct an independent external review and assessment of the ISS cost, budget, and management. In addition, the Task Force was asked to provide recommendations that could provide maximum benefit to the U.S. taxpayers and the International Partners within the President's budget request.
The Task Force has made the following principal findings:
Actions required to maximize research within the President's FY02 Budget Blueprint:
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