Yep, NASA is all for a return to the 1960's. The Glory Days.
Spent money like water, came up with the shortest path to "beating them Ruskies"
They never learned to build infrastructure. They never wanted to launch a mission that had any risk. They apparently never read the proverb, "Those who refuse to face failure, need never worry about success."
C'mon, guys. Let's go back to a capsule, water landings, Big Disposable Boosters.
Maybe you should consider trying to reengineer an actual practical shuttle, and not let the military in to make it bigger-by-the-month, until it was just barely able to do it's thing. How about taking it in small steps, learn something at every step, and go on from there? Do you really have to make a Giant Pert Chart that lists the entire future of the NASA space mission, and then try to keep everything on schedule? Perhaps you should consider having pilots and scientists, instead of bureaucrats and accountants.