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SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS FOR 8/26 PRESS CONFERENCE

FOR CHAIRMAN:
-LEGACY OF RICK HUSBAND, WILLY MCCOOL, MIKE ANDERSON, DAVE BROWN, KC CHAWLA, LAUREL CLARK AND ILAN RAMON
-THANKS TO:12 FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS
           120 INVESTIGATION STAFF
           400 NASA ENGINEERS
           25-30,000 DEBRIS SEARCHERS
-NASA IS AN OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION, WITH WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND A LONG HISTORY OF AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS
-THE SHUTTLE IS NOT INHERENTLY UNSAFE AND WE WERE UNDER NO PRESSURE TO SAY SO
-HOWEVER, THERE ARE THINGS THAT MUST BE DONE TO MAKE IT MORE SAFE THAN IT IS ...RTF
-AND MORE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE TO OPERATE IT BEYOND THE NEXT FEW FLIGHTS...CONTINUING TO FLY
-THIS SECOND GROUP OF RECOMMENDATIONS ARE IN THE MANAGEMENT AREA, AND ARE OFFERED BECAUSE THE PRESENT ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEM IS NOT CAPABLE OF SAFE LONG TERM OPERATION
-A THIRD GROUP OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND OBSERVATIONS CONSISTUTE OUR ATTEMPT TO FIND OTHER ITEMS THAT MIGHT BE DANGERS IN THE FUTURE
-CHAIRMAN WILL CONCLUDE AFTER THE OTHERS WITH COMMENTS ON THE FUTURE

GROUP IV
-BOARD BELIEVES THESE FACTORS ARE JUST AS MUCH TO BLAME AS THE FOAM...REFER TO POSTER WITH ORGANIZATIONAL CAUSE STATEMENT
-FUNCTIONING FOR OVER A DECADE WITH AN INCREASINGLY CONSTRAINED BUDGET
-MISCHARACTERIZATION AS AN OPERATIONAL SYSTEM..."MATURE AND RELIABLE SYSTEM"
-UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE SERVICE LIFE AND ITS EFFECTS
-DEFINITION OF WHAT WE MEAN BY "CULTURE"

GROUP III
SCOTT:
-THE FOAM DID IT...REFER TO POSTER WITH PHYSICAL CAUSE STATEMENT
--WE DO NOT USE WORDS LIKE "MOST LIKELY"
--FOAM IMPACT TESTS DID FOUR THINGS
---PROVED OUR PHYSICAL CAUSE CONCLUSION IS PLAUSIBLE
---ADDED TO THE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE REGARDING RCC STRENGTH
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