I am not impressed with Tom Darden's hands on involvement with the E-Cat. He is out of his element despite his eloquent evaluation of what is happening. Ditto for Dewey. There should be technically competent and knowledgeable people evaluating LENR technology including Rossi's E-Cat IP. Outside of Murray I do not see any real engineering and scientific know-how within IH.
I agree, the lack of early technical competency was glaring and costly. I was impressed with Darden's summary in the exhibit 1 because it did show a realistic mindset about research generally that was more sophisticated than I had assumed. But that kind of works both ways: if he was more sophisticated in his understanding, why didn't he bring in higher caliber technologists sooner? He did, apparently bring in Boeing - presumably they failed to find anything.
But then, having worked in technical fields (coincidently, I actually worked for Boeing in a 'former life'), I've seen some startling incompetency amongst degreed engineering managers (think Dilbert and Peter principle). So unfortunately this is not uncommon.