One! (Focal Plane Array)

(to the tune of “One!” from A Chorus Line), June 1991

One!
Focal plane detector, hot enough to meet the spec.
One!
Tracker algorithm, robust to track to the deck.
One Sight and suddenly no other CLU will do,
Despite whatever the Team said – Red or Blue.
One!
Program to go manage – schedule, scope and all the rest,
For the ones who build and test must know, oh,
Who?
When?
What is the intention?
How?
Why?
Will we see a pension?
Where’s ….. the ….. One?

One!
Forty-five-pound system, for the Army to deploy.
One!
Slightly bigger system, would it so much annoy,
To ask a big hulking soldier to do without
Five pounds of rations and water and not to pout?
One!
Credible committee, leading us into the fray
With a single vision for the way, say,
Why?
Not?
Can’t they take suggestion?
Why,
Then,
Must we ask the question,
Where’s ….. the …. One?

One!
Conscientious worker, willing to remain in place.
One!
Management decision, to initiate a ’bout face.
One team whose purpose is clearly to win the games
Instead of beating each other and calling names.
One!
Management committee, just to practice self-critique,
Cause this ship is weak and with a leak, eek!
Who!
Will!
Be around to finish?
If!
We!
Continue to diminish?
WHERE’S ……. THE ……… ONE?