Space Acquisitions: DOD Faces Substantial Challenges in Developing New Space Systems
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Despite a growing investment in space, the majority of large-scale acquisition programs in the Department of Defenses DOD space portfolio have experienced problems during the past two decades that have driven up cost and schedules and increased technical risks. The cost resulting from acquisition problems along with the ambitious nature of space programs has resulted in cancellations of programs that were expected to require investments of tens of billions of dollars. Along with the cost increases, many programs are experiencing significant schedule delays-at least 7 years-resulting in potential capability gaps in areas such as positioning, navigation, and timing missile warning and weather monitoring.