Accession Number:

ADA242836

Title:

Early Warning Satellites: Funding for Follow-On System is Premature

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

This report examined the Department of Defenses DOD plans to develop a follow-on system to the Defense Support Program DSP, including budget implications. DSP is a strategic surveillance and warning satellite system with an infrared capability to detect ballistic missile launches intercontinental and submarine-launched. It provides near real-time detection information in support of DODs tactical warning and attack assessment TWAA mission. Its primary users are 1 the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is responsible for assessing potential attacks on North America 2 the national command authorities, who are responsible for making retaliatory decisions and 3 other major military commands, which participate in the decision-making process and are responsible for strategic offensive forces.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE