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 XLV: One should expect that the expected can be prevented, but the unexpected should have been expected.

If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.

Law Number VI: A hungry dog hunts best. A hungrier dog hunts even better.

Law Number XLVI: A billion saved is a billion earned.

If sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on top of each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.

Law Number VII: Decreased business base increases overhead. So does increased business base.

Law Number XLVII: Two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered with water. The other third is covered with auditors from headquarters.

If the Earth could be made to rotate twice as fast, managers would get twice as much done. If the Earth could be made to rotate twenty times as fast, everyone else would get twice as much done since all the managers would fly off.

Law Number VIII: The most unsuccessful four years in the education of a cost-estimator is fifth grade arithmetic.

Law Number XLVIII: The more time you spend talking about what you have been doing, the less time you have to spend doing what you have been talking about. Eventually, you spend more and more time talking about less and less until finally you spend all your time talking about nothing.

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