An Appeal from Gene Kranz
Concluding my Senate testimony I spoke of the necessity to continue with the current NASA leadership team stating, "Mike Griffin is the finest leader I have seen at the helm of NASA for the last two decades."
He is the leader the agency deserves — one who has the respect of all levels of the organization, the respect of the congressional committees responsible for NASA oversight, and has the technical and program management ability to establish priorities, course correct as necessary, and make the "go, no go" decisions.
Space is an asset to inspire youth, expand space sciences, develop new technology, generate spin-off industries and assure our position for the future. The nation faces many challenges in the months and years to come. Regardless of whether President-elect Obama keeps Griffin as administrator (and I believe he should), Griffin has been the leader NASA needed at a critical time in the agency's history. If Griffin is not retained, I hope that the Obama administration will listen to his wise counsel and expertise.Kranz is the former NASA flight director who led the Apollo 11, Apollo 13 and Apollo 17 missions and served as a leader at NASA for more than 35 years. He is author of Failure Is Not An Option.