Accession Number:

ADA454554

Title:

Military Space Programs: Issues Concerning DOD's SBIRS and STSS Programs

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-30

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The Department of Defenses DODs programs to develop new satellites to alert U.S. military commanders to foreign missile launches, and to support missile defense objectives, are controversial because of cost growth and schedule slippage. SBIRS-High, managed by the Air Force, would replace existing Defense Support Program early warning satellites. The Space Tracking and Surveillance System STSS, formerly SBIRS-Low, managed by the Missile Defense Agency, would perform missile tracking and target discrimination for missile defense objectives. The SBIRS-High program has breached Nunn-McCurdy cost growth limits several times, resulting in several program restructurings. This is the final edition of this report.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE