Boeing: Pairing Commercial Work with Government Contracts to Reduce Risk

  • Howard E. McCurdy
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


As leaders of an established aerospace firm, Boeing executives learned how to pair government contracts with commercial work so as to reduce the likelihood of a failed initiative. Boeing’s receipt of a NASA award to transport astronauts to the International Space Station allowed its company leaders “to close the business case” for the CST-100 Starliner.


Boeing Company CST-100 Starliner Making a business case NASA commercial crew transportation Probabilities of failure 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard E. McCurdy
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  1. 1.American UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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