From a new world order conspiracy slant, if a world superpower slides toward the equality mark on a global scale, would not the people of that country be more pliable and malleable for transforming into a state where much of their advantage is no longer existant and they resemble more a developing country than that of a world superpower? I think so and see other things(going on but there's nothing going on, right?) that tie into this theory of a theory. This must transcend strictly the NASA sphere and affect areas in aviation and aeronautics, imo.
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." - James Madison