Inside the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, a fight is brewing.
Seated around a large conference table are 12 people who cannot reach an agreement. They are engineers and scientists, discussing theories and analyzing every fact and detail inside the lab's Parsons Auditorium. As the temperature inside the room rises, so do the tempers — especially for John O'Brien and Betse Lyons.
"You want to see this boy die because you personally want it, not because of the facts," said O'Brien, a manager in the lab's technical telecommunications group. "You're a beast. You disgust me."
"Shut up!" shouted Lyons, whose...