Defense Support Program: Ground Station Upgrades Not Based on Validated Requirements
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This report summarizes our review of whether planned upgrades costing up to 95 million to Defense Support Program DSP ground processing stations are supported by validated operational requirements. DSP is a strategic surveillance and early warning satellite system. It is premature to upgrade DSP ground stations because the Air Force has not completed validation of operational requirements as required by Department of Defense DOD Instruction 5000.2 and Air Force Regulation 57-1. We also found that including global processing capability in the upgrades may not be cost-effective. Global processing would enable the Air Force to process data generated by the total DSP satellite constellation network at a single ground station. However, Air Force officials stated there are no corresponding plans to reduce the number of ground stations. This factor, together with the incomplete requirements process, raises considerable doubts about the Air Forces plan to spend a total of 95 million at this time to upgrade the stations.
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