Defense Acquisitions: Challenges in Aligning Space System Components
DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 43 pages
The DoD will spend more than $50 billion to develop and procure eight major space systems. The systems have two main components: satellites and ground control systems. Some also have a third component -- user terminals -- that can allow access from remote locations. If the delivery of these three components is not synchronized, there can be delays in providing capabilities, and satellites on orbit can remain underutilized. This report examined: (1) the extent to which satellite, ground control, and user terminat.l deployments are aligned; (2) the reasons deployments have not always been well coordinated; (3) actions being taken to enhance coordination; and (4) whether enhancements to ground systems could optimize the gov┐t invest.
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