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Certainly, a great deal of detailed study must have been required to define the program's funding needs with such specificity. 418 million! For sheer audacity in applying Law IV, not even the GAO, the Defense Department, and the Congress combined can rival Sir Arthur Eddington. " One can only 28 marvel at the contribution which has been made to scientific knowledge by the digital computer; such a high-confidence analysis would never have been possible with a slide rule. George Gamow in his book One, Two, Three.

It therefore appears worthwhile to examine in some detail the proposition that "the best is the enemy of the good" - a precept which has had its heritage variously traced to the Russians, the Chinese and the Arabs. Whatever its origin, there is considerable modern evidence to attest to its endurance. " The problem arises when this latter perspective is applied to that old bugaboo. hardware. " But come tomorrow, there will be yet another 43 44 carrot just over the horizon. Thus, the surest way to get nothing is to insist on waiting for everything.

The solution to this dilemma has been astutely derived by Lieutenant General Glenn A. ) in his reviews of a large number of quantitative analyses. The solution is quite simple: it consists of simply converting all data from the English system of measures into the metric system and back again! 4 inches equates to one meter accounts for such phenomenal accuracies as are identified in a bulletin recently carried in the U. S. " That such undeserved precision can be hazardous, particularly when combined with a law later to be promulgated concerning the unreliability of electronics, is made abundantly clear in the following excerpt from a news article carried by the Associated Press regarding "a fuel shortage which caused a Boeing 767 to make an emergency landing.

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