Procurement of DSCS II Satellites F-17 and F-18

LCD-79-112: Published: Apr 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1979.

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A review was made of the plan to purchase two satellites for the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) Phase II program.

The requirement of the Department of Defense for the Phase II satellites is not justified. The Defense Communications Agency predicted that a gap might occur in communications before DSCS Phase III satellites are scheduled to be in orbit. The problem with this theory, however, is that the two Phase II satellites could not be launched in time to fill any gap between the two phases. The proposed costs for the two Phase II satellites and launch associated costs are about $103.8 million. The two Phase II satellites could conceivably serve a backup role in the event the Phase III experience turns out to be less reliable than current predictions; however, the Air Force maintains that the Phase III satellites' estimated production schedule is attainable. It appears, therefore, that the procurement of the two Phase II satellites is not needed.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Air Force to terminate all efforts to procure additional Phase II satellites, unless their procurement is justified on some other basis.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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