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Space Acquisitions: Improvements Needed in Space Systems Acquisitions and Keys to Achieving Them
GAO-06-626T: Published: Apr 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2006.
DOD's space system acquisitions have experienced problems over the past several decades that have driven up costs by hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars, stretched schedules by years, and increased performance risks. GAO was asked to testify on its findings on space acquisition problems and steps needed to improve outcomes.DOD's space acquisition programs continue to face substantial co...
Progress of the DD(X) Destroyer Program
GAO-05-752R: Published: Jun 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2005.
The Navy is developing a new destroyer, the DD(X), to serve as a next-generation multimission surface combatant ship. It will provide advanced land attack capability to support forces ashore and contribute to military dominance in shallow coastal water environments. To reduce program risk and demonstrate the ship's 12 technologies, the Navy is building 10 engineering development models that repres...
Defense Space Activities: Continuation of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program's Progress to Date Subject to Some Uncertainty
GAO-04-778R: Published: Jun 24, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2004.
The U.S. space policy states that access to and use of space is critical to preserving peace and protecting U.S. national security and also benefits the country's civil and commercial interests. Air Force guidance explains further that access to space requires the ability to launch critical space assets, when needed, by a mix of space launch systems from standard launch pads at major support facil...
Space Acquisitions: Committing Prematurely to the Transformational Satellite Program Elevates Risks for Poor Cost, Schedule, and Performance Outcomes
GAO-04-71R: Published: Dec 4, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2003.
In a multibillion-dollar effort, the Department of Defense (DOD) plans to build a space-based communications system that leverages technologies never before used in space. Such a system would enable DOD to transform how information is collected on potential U.S. adversaries and how military forces are warned of hostile action. The backbone of this system will be the Transformational Satellite (TSA...
Information on Cancelled Integrated Flight Test-16 for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Element
GAO-03-767R: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
This report provides information on Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element flight test known as Integrated Flight Test (IFT)-16. This test was planned for the third quarter of fiscal year 2004 but was recently cancelled by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the agency within the Department of Defense (DOD) responsible for developing the ballistic missile defense system and its elements. Speci...
Military Space Operations: Planning, Funding, and Acquisition Challenges Facing Efforts to Strengthen Space Control
GAO-02-738: Published: Sep 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2002.
The United States is increasingly dependent on space for its security and well being. The Department of Defense's (DOD) space systems collect information on capabilities and intentions of potential adversaries. They enable military forces to be warned of a missile attack and to communicate and navigate while avoiding hostile action. DOD's efforts to strengthen space control are targeted at seeking...
Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: Status, Plans, and Future Data Management Challenges
GAO-02-684T: Published: Jul 24, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2002.
This testimony discusses the planned National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). Today's polar-orbiting environmental satellite program is a complex infrastructure encompassing two satellite systems, supporting ground stations, and four central data processing centers that provide general weather information and specialized environmental products to a variety of us...
Defense Space Activities: Status of Reorganization
GAO-02-772R: Published: Jun 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2002.
To meet long-standing concerns about the Department of Defense's (DOD) organization and management of national security space activities, Congress chartered the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization to study the organization and management of space activities that support U.S. national security interests and make recommendations for improvements. DO...
Satellite Control Systems: Opportunity for DOD to Implement Space Policy and Integrate Capabilities
NSIAD-99-81: Published: May 17, 1999. Publicly Released: May 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) progress in integrating and improving its satellite control capabilities and in fostering integrated and interoperable satellite control within the government, as directed by the 1996 national space policy; and (2) determined whether opportunities exist for DOD to standardize its satellite control capabilities...
Navy Aircraft Carriers: Cost-Effectiveness of Conventionally and Nuclear-Powered Carriers
NSIAD-98-1: Published: Aug 27, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO: (1) compared the relative effectiveness of conventionally powered and nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in meeting national security requirements; (2) estimated the total life-cycle costs of conventionally powered and nuclear-powered carriers; and (3) identified implications of an all-nuclear carrier force on overseas homeporting in Japan and overseas pr...