You know what makes me really angry? The idea that we have might have multiple oil spill cleanup devices, including the MOP and the fire booms, already developed and (in the case of the fire boom) planned.
But no one went ahead and built the fire booms (so they couldn't be deployed) and it doesn't sound like anyone has acknowledged the MOP's existence.
I wonder if these were considered "earmarks?"
(HT: Liprap and Greg.)