That question ("What does all this equipment do?") never goes away, not even in later game play.
Raz is supposed to say Ford "Sasha says I need to learn to shoot better" or something like that. Then Ford give Raz a little speech, while the permit floats in the air next to him, about how the permit will only work while he's in Sasha's brain.
Once you have the permit, choose the last response "I'd better go, lots to do" or something like that. You should be able to check your powers to see that the temporary permit is in there.
Once you confirm it's in there, then go back to Sasha to enter his brain level.