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Defense Acquisitions: Space System Acquisition Risks and Keys to Addressing Them

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On April 6, 2006, we testified before the subcommittee on the Department of Defenses DOD space acquisitions. In fiscal year 2007, DOD expects to spend nearly 7 billion to acquire space-based capabilities to support current military and other government operations as well as to enable DOD to transform the way it collects and disseminates information, gathers data on its adversaries, and attacks targets. Despite its growing investment in space, however, DODs space system acquisitions have experienced problems over the past several decades that have driven up costs by hundreds of millions, even billions, of dollars stretched schedules by years and increased performance risks. In some cases, capabilities have not been delivered to the warfighter after decades of development. Within this context, you requested that we provide additional comments regarding the need for better program management, space acquisition policy, and DODs Space Radar and Transformational Satellite Communications System acquisitions. Your specific questions and our answers are discussed below.

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  • Astronautics
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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[A, Approved For Public Release]