Re: It's not just the 737...
The relevant quote from the original article (https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/john-barnett-on-why-he-wont-fly-on-a-boeing-787-dreamliner/):
“The new leadership didn’t understand processes,” Barnett told Corporate Crime Reporter in an interview last week. “They brought them in from other areas of the company. The new leadership team – from my director down – they all came from St. Louis, Missouri. They said they were all buddies there.”
“That entire team came down. They were from the military side. My impression was their mindset was – we are going to do it the way we want to do it. Their motto at the time was – we are in Charleston and we can do anything we want.”
Also, the "they" in the quote in the Big Think article relates clearly to the "new leadership team", i.e., the ex-military guys. The grammar couldn't be clearer.
Grammar nazi icon, because, well, obviously...