Norman Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine

Norman
Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine
1935

American Aerospace Businessman, Chairman of the Review of United States Human Space Flights Plans Committee and Under Secretary of the Army

Author Quotes

Law Number XIV: After the year 2015, there will be no airplane crashes. There will be no takeoffs either, because electronics will occupy 100 percent of every airplane's weight.

After the year 2015, there will be no airplane crashes. There will be no takeoffs either, because electronics will occupy 100 percent of every airplane's weight.

Law Number II: If today were half as good as tomorrow is supposed to be, it would probably be twice as good as yesterday was.

Law Number XIX: Although most products will soon be too costly to purchase, there will be a thriving market in the sale of books on how to fix them.

Aircraft flight in the 21st century will always be in a westerly direction, preferably supersonic, crossing time zones to provide the additional hours needed to fix the broken electronics.

Law Number III: There are no lazy veteran lion hunters.

Law Number XL: Most projects start out slowly and then sort of taper off.

Executives who do not produce successful results hold on to their jobs only about five years. Those who produce effective results hang on about half a decade.

Law Number IV: If you can afford to advertise, you don't need to.

Law Number XLI: The more one produces, the less one gets.

In the year 2054, the entire defense budget will purchase just one aircraft. This aircraft will have to be shared by the Air Force and Navy 3-1/2 days each per week except for leap year, when it will be made available to the Marines for the extra day.

The optimum committee has no members.

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.

The more one produces, the less one gets.

By the time of the United States Tricentennial, there will be more government workers than there are workers.

Acronyms and abbreviations should be used to the maximum extent possible to make trivial ideas profound ... Q.E.D.

If today were half as good as tomorrow is supposed to be, it would probably be twice as good as yesterday was.

In my view the organization has been far more successful than I dreamed it would be. But my view is also that it's still an unproved experiment.

One of the most feared expressions in modern times is ''The computer is down.''

If you can afford to advertise, you don't need to.

Although most products will soon be too costly to purchase, there will be a thriving market in the sale of books on how to fix them.

Bulls do not win bull fights. People do.

The best way to make a silk purse from a sow's ear is to begin with a silk sow. The same is true of money.

Rank does not intimidate hardware. Neither does the lack of rank.

The process of competitively selecting contractors to perform work is based on a system of rewards and penalties, all distributed randomly.

Author Picture
First Name
Norman
Last Name
Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine
Birth Date
1935
Bio

American Aerospace Businessman, Chairman of the Review of United States Human Space Flights Plans Committee and Under Secretary of the Army