The various projects and programs, such as NASA’s Shuttle and Constellation's Ares I, through their spaceflight developments, generate significant volumes of information and data. However, this information is not effectively available between Shuttle and Constellation, often resulting in a costly, time-consuming repeated effort. In other words, NASA's spaceflight is challenged in its ability to advance upon previous developments by not consolidating spaceflight information and data, making it available and controlled appropriately across all relevant projects and programs.
One remedy is a simple, two-fold approach: (1) levy a high level requirement scoped across NASA to deposit and utilize data from a centralized, controlled database system, and (2) allocate resources toward that end. Initial cost estimates show this would save NASA multiples of my job salary by orders of magnitude.