Military Space Programs:

Opportunities to Reduce Missile Warning and Communication Satellites' Costs

T-NSIAD-94-108: Published: Feb 2, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1994.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

GAO discussed the status and future plans for the Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Support Program (DSP) and Milstar satellite communications system. GAO noted that: (1) DOD has decided to terminate and replace its current DSP follow-on program to reduce costs and consider new tactical requirements; (2) DOD needs to evaluate the new DSP system's effectiveness and affordability before systems implementation in 1995; (3) DOD has placed greater emphasis on reducing Milstar's high cost and increasing its support to tactical forces; (4) DOD could significantly reduce program costs by cancelling its procurement of the two large-sized satellites and initiating early development of a lower cost system of smaller satellites; and (5) further cost reductions can only be achieved if DOD changes its procurement, operation, and use of space assets.

Dec 15, 2014

Dec 10, 2014

Dec 9, 2014

Jul 23, 2014

Jul 16, 2014

Jun 20, 2014

May 15, 2014

May 8, 2014

Apr 15, 2014

Looking for more? Browse all our products here