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What Is Driving the Decline of Northrop Grumman?

Major aerospace contractor, once an exemplar of European-American competence and innovation, now mired in easily avoidable yet disastrous mistakes.

by David Sims

I WOULD STILL like to see a flotilla of satellites like TESS (the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, a space telescope designed to search for extra-solar planets) parked out at Sun-Uranus L4, where it can devote enough time to each sector of sky to find habitable-zone planets orbiting every main sequence star of spectral type G0 or later. The only planets TESS can find as it is set up now will be certain very hot, star-hugging planets. You’ll remember that James-Webb (the James Webb Space Telescope — JWST — a space telescope that will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope) was supposed to follow up TESS in an attempt to find more distant exoplanets after TESS found the innermost ones. (Though that’s a questionable assumption, since the probability of transit diminishes with the increasing separation between star and exoplanet.) But James-Webb remains in limbo-space, in danger of being eaten by Budget Committee limbo space monsters.

I can’t help wondering who the hell Northrop Grumman has working on James-Webb who’s making the mistakes that result in such unbelievable delays and cost overruns. Did you know that one of the mistakes was someone trying to clean a propulsion system using the wrong solvent, which dissolved something that shouldn’t have been dissolved?

“Avoidable human mishaps have added 1.5 years and $600 million to the time and cost of development, the review board found. The wrong solvent was used to clean the propulsion system. A transducer was accidentally fried when it was incorrectly powered. And 70 improperly installed fasteners on the tennis-court sized sun shield fell off during testing; as many as four of them may still be lost inside the spacecraft, officials said.” — Washington Post

These are rookie mistakes. Stupid mistakes. Mistakes that nobody competent would have made. These mistakes make Perkin-Elmer’s incorrect shaping of the Hubble mirror look mild by comparison. So who is making them?

“The ongoing problems has NASA considering whether it may have bitten off more than it could chew with the telescope.” — Washington Post

Oh no. That’s not what it looks like. James-Webb is the sort of thing that NASA or any of its major contractors could certainly pull off, once upon a time. What has happened is that the quality of the tool-and-die, engineering workforce has, for some “unknown reason,” taken a hit.

Hint: The incompetence wasn’t caused by anyone such as Michael Miselis. He was an aerospace engineer by profession and a White nationalist by political persuasion. He attended the Unite-the-Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. While there, he defended a fellow rally-goer named Andrew Dodson from unknown members of Antifa/Black Lives Matter. (That is, the leftists attacked Dodson, and then Miselis punched out a leftist in order to relieve Dodson.)

Afterward, Miselis was wrongly assigned blame for attacking “counterprotesters” without provocation. Someone reported him to his employer, and Miselis lost his job. He didn’t lose his job because of any alleged lack of competence.

So, evidently, Northrop Grumman is putting Political Correctness before technical expertise, and that, in turn, might have something to do with its poor performance. If you go checking the videos of Miselis in Charlottesville, be sure that you watch the longer videos, the videos that don’t have the context abbreviated out of them, and you’ll see that Michael Miselis wasn’t the bad guy.

Here’s one of them:

The comments are informative also. The videos shown by controlled “mainstream” media sources omit the events that led to Miselis punching or pushing a counterprotester. If the public doesn’t see those previous events, they will assume that Miselis was in the wrong. If the public does see those previous events, they will know that Miselis was in the right, and, since he was in the right, he shouldn’t have been fired from his job at Northrop Grumman.

As to what’s really causing the decline of Northrop Grumman (and firms all across America who follow in their footsteps), I offer the following:

I suspect that the glowing praise heaped upon their Congoid employees in Northrop Grumman’s highly publicized African recruitment programs and annual awards is based mostly on illusion. The reality is that Black “engineers” aren’t the same sort of professional, in general, that White engineers are.

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Jim Hansen
Jim Hansen
20 September, 2018 5:41 am

Your article is very timely – and it’s 100% accurate. I work in the defense industry (have for many years) and am dismayed by what I see. Diversity is king – interns that are hired are all minority – non-White (Indian, Black, Asian), LGBTQ, etc. I’ve seen a minority group dominate a certain project and verbally assault (on a regular basis) any White engineers that tried to question them or look at their code – management was too afraid to do anything. And if you’re a Trump supporter – you keep it to yourself (even then if they scour your social media – and they do – then SJW “engineers” avoid you). And this also explains why we don’t see any real innovation anymore coming out of Google or Apple.… Read more »

Reply to  Jim Hansen
1 July, 2020 11:35 pm

Correct! Also, if you are not a “minority” then do go into Self-Identify and mark yourself as something minority, even if it’s only “mixed race.” They can’t say you’re not – and if it’s good enough for Elizabeth Warren then it’s good enough for everyone else. That way you will keep your job longer. I witnessed an HR person go in and change it to what they thought it should be; I changed it back to what I had selected; then HR went back in and changed it a second time. I changed it back AGAIN and got an IM text message from the HR person scolding me. I reminded them about their ‘quotas’ which she vehemently denied, then suddenly her text message stopped (since it could be saved) and… Read more »

Sic Semper
Sic Semper
20 September, 2018 9:05 am

“Blacks” in general have no regard for the “white” methodologies that ensure successes in the physical world. Shortcuts and ignoring checklists is the norm. Only “whites” can be bothered with such things as “measure twice, cut once”- the Affirmative Action denizen has more important things to do like “social justice” and basketball. It is the same with the talmudic cancer amongst us – they openly cheat throughout college and graduate programs – they have the right to because the kosher professor will allow them to and they are entitled to as they are already “twice” the students of the dumb gentile animals that are allowed in their classes. You see, and I have the online discussion forums where orthohoax jews openly admit to cheating their way through college because –… Read more »

Axis Sally
Axis Sally
20 September, 2018 11:59 am

Aside from the hilarity of it, there is a great lesson to be taken from this. First, keep in mind this is the Enemy “space program” this all serves—it is not ours. What will the Enemy do if it does discover habitable planets and surmounts the insurmountable problem of interstellar travel; impose fractional reserve banking and fiat shekels on the natives? Set up loan-sharking enterprises? Import Africans and encourage miscegenation among the natives? Ha ha ha! No, the sad truth is the once-great Aryan-built aerospace industry has been reduced to Keynesian-style make work projects to provide “jobs” for the racial aliens who are to replace us. A munt who thinks he is an engineer and is paid commensurately is less likely to create problems on the streets. And it costs… Read more »

Shawn Green
Shawn Green
20 September, 2018 12:55 pm

Horror, horror.

I wish those Black ‘engineers’ would not touch those
commercial airplane maintenance areas.

Reply to  Shawn Green
20 September, 2018 7:10 pm

Absolutely. Raise ticket prices to keep them as baggage-transport engineers. NoGru hired its black engineers for peripheral projects, such as a timekeeping system that accounted for time-consumptive bathroom breaks, and an employee ant-plan, like a giant anthill to enable employees to work while walking while wearing antennae to warn against collisions, and other workfare.

Will Williams
Will Williams
21 September, 2018 10:59 am

I wonder, does Elon Musk and his cutting edge SpaceX have a “diversity plan” to hire incompetent non-White engineers in order to satify the egalitarians? It’s doubtful. https://www.quora.com/What-types-of-people-does-SpaceX-mostly-hire#

Jim Hansen
Jim Hansen
22 September, 2018 7:26 am

Glad you brought that up – I actually have said in other forums that the reason Elon’s companies, Tesla and Space-X, are so cutting edge is because he does not play the Diversity game – he has the best and brightest and then says “go make us great”.

So he has two strikes against him: 1) he’s not Jewish – he’s a White Gentile from South Africa, and 2) he doesn’t play the Diversity game.

Imagine a thousand more Elon Musks running companies in the U.S. – the possibilities are mind-boggling.

Will Williams
Will Williams
Reply to  Jim Hansen
22 September, 2018 11:43 am

Search for ‘elon musk’ here at NV.org and you’ll find articles of interest to you, Jim, like this one: https://nationalvanguard.org/2015/05/the-challenges-we-face-an-open-letter-to-elon-musk/

While using the sports metaphor, Mr. Musk is not out until he has three strikes against him. Lots of heavy hitters have hit home runs with two strikes against them. Meanwhile, it may be our job to load the bases for him.

23 September, 2018 7:37 pm

Diversity and inclusion are the new buzzwords around corporate America. This is just an innocuous way of telling whites you will be screwed in hiring and promotions. Even though the benefits of workplace racial diversity can’t be quantified and in fact a previous MIT study showed absolutely no benefit whatsoever, corporations cling to this false religion for cynical purposes since it helps insure them against frivolous racial discrimination lawsuits by incompetent non-whites who can’t hack it. In theory, blacks and other minorities possess skills and points of view that augment the skills that whites bring to the table which will cause companies to soar to even greater heights. In reality and from first hand experience a racially diverse workforce sows division and distrust, destroys synergy and promotes inefficiency since no… Read more »

1 July, 2020 11:38 pm

Northrop Grumman supports the BLM (Black Lives Movement), a racist and Marxist organization. If you work there, do NOT express any objections if you wish to keep your job.