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DOD is acquiring new space systems as its older ones near completion.
This testimony discusses DOD's ongoing space acquisition challenges and opportunities.
Our prior work found that DOD space programs often exceed their budgets and are late.
In our 12th annual Quick Look at the status of NASA's major projects, we found costs grew for the third year in a row. NASA’s acquisition management is on our High Risk List.
We expect cost increases and schedule delays for major programs to get worse.
DOD spends billions of dollars each year to acquire fast and reliable wideband satellite communications for its worldwide military operations—while also navigating growing threats, such as anti-satellite weapons.
The Air Force has been working to develop a single modernized computer system to enable more effective operations of military and other government satellites and space systems. Such a system could better respond to threats ranging from jamming attacks to space debris.
Americans rely on the Global Positioning System daily. The Defense Department is working to upgrade the systems that make up GPS, including completing a critical new ground control system known as OCX.
Developing software for DOD space systems, like GPS, has historically taken longer and cost billions of dollars more than planned.
We looked at four software-intensive DOD space systems that had cost growth or delays.