I used to hang out with a bunch of engineers of various stripes who worked for beltway contractors taking NASA shuttle work.
I commented that US gear was sort of fancy end easy to break vs Soviet Aerospace which had a more simple robust approach.
Not well received I can tell you.
This was before the two space shuttle loses..
My nephew's partner was one of those engineers, working on the main liquid oxygen tank. Their motto at the time was "Failure is not an option." I pointed out, jokingly, that it was pretty much a certainty, also not well received.