Having only read the first chapter of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's 248-page report, I can at least say it is a very well-written document. I am looking forward to reading the entire thing this weekend. There is a much more "connected-to-program's-goals" feel to Admiral Gehman's report (as well as to his commission) than there was to the report produced by the 1986 Rogers Commission that explored the causes of STS-51L's catastrophic failure. Yet, in this new report on our most recent tragedy, it would be nice to see more focus on the root causes of NASA's current anorexia: the indifferent controllers of the agency's purse strings. It is not NASA that lacks vision; it's those who oversee its financial health who lack an understanding of what the ultimate purpose of a manned spaceflight program should be. This is not something that can be done on the cheap. Not yet, at least. But, for those here who would like to get the ball rolling and talk about where to go from here, I offer the following editorial from today's Wall Street Journal: When traveling, it's best to have a destination.