The latest from Paul Spudis on his Lunar Resources Blog:
In brief, “to Augustine” something is to structure a report in such a way that a space goal or architecture is deemed “unaffordable.” From the outset, the resulting report must conclude that the program being evaluated is unaffordable and “sadly,” dropping it must be laid at the door of Congress for fiscal and programmatic restrictions and not by any desire on their part to kill the program.
Dr. Spudis's words hit home as I reflected on my experiences this quarter in supply chain management and government policy. I may have more to say on this in the coming weeks. For now, suffice it to say that some hard decisions will need to be made if a workable supply chain to low Earth orbit, based on a fully legitimized space policy, are to be realized.