Space Acquisitions: Challenges Facing DOD as it Changes Approaches to Space Acquisitions
U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States
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DOD is shifting its traditional approach to space acquisitions, bolstering its protection of space systems, and engaging with more commercial providers. Given the time and resource demands of DODs space systems and todays budget environment, challenges that hinder these transitions must be addressed. This statement focuses on 1 the current status and cost of major DOD space system acquisitions, and 2 challenges and barriers DOD faces in addressing future space-based mission needs. This statement highlights the results of GAOs work on space acquisitions over the past year and presents preliminary observations from ongoing work. We obtained comments from DOD on a draft of preliminary findings contained in this statement.