Accession Number : ADA573932


Title :   Impacts of Space System Acquisition on National Security


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS


Personal Author(s) : Harris, Jr, Andrew W


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA573932


Report Date : Dec 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 73


Abstract : This thesis examines a series of problems that the United States has encountered in its space systems acquisition process, and how these problems have affected national security. Specifically, the thesis explores the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) space acquisition system and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) procurement process to identify potential improvement and streamlining opportunities. The thesis analyzes several space system projects to determine which project elements have contributed to increased project cost and major project delays. Based on this assessment, the author concludes that although the space acquisition process has gone through a number of significant changes over the past 50 years, it is questionable that any of these changes has led to significant improvements. Several recommendations are set forth to improve the U.S. space system acquisition process.


Descriptors :   *ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES , *DEFICIENCIES , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *SPACE SYSTEMS , CASE STUDIES , COST OVERRUNS , DELAY , EXTREMELY HIGH FREQUENCY , HISTORY , INFRARED DETECTION , SATELLITE IMAGERY , SCHEDULING , THESES


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Unmanned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE