reply to post by Questionablesanity
Just to get you up to speed quickly Questionablesanity, the reason a front for space operations is so desperately required is that you cannot launch
heavy payloads into space without people asking questions.
Let's do a hypothetical. Say by 1965 the Navy wanted to put something very particular in space that weighed 50,000 pounds. This thing, whatever
it was, was needed as part of some military project. Had there not been NASA, then the payload could not be launched without the Navy giving at least
some accounting of what it was doing. Of course they could lie and say it was a super sophisticaed weather satellite or what have you, but having to
give one accounting after the next for these payloads would create suspicion among members of congress and the community at large. At some point, and
fairly early on, we'd catch on, and in fact we have. We can see what they are up to in space. Given the circumstances, it is all rather obvious.
So NASA from its inception was a way to put anything in space the Army, Navy, Air Force wanted(within the limitations of technical feasibility)
without having to explain anything.