It can be difficult being independent in the United States today.
Today a man from the academic part of society told me how Goddard Space Flight Center was collegial while Hampton Roads had a more military, top down style of organization. Those of us with some knowledge of social psychology would tend to call the first democratic, the second authoritarian.
When I worked at Goddard I was part of a group dominated by a Ph.D. scientist who was extremely authoritarian. I know some military people through various connections. Some of them can be quite democratic.
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