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US Space Acquisition Policy: A Decline in Leadership

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Authors
Borst, Barry "Jay"
Sarkan, Shahrami
Mazzuchi, Thomas
Subjects
Capability Based Acquisition
Advisors
Date of Issue
2010-04-30
Date
30-Apr-10
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
System complexity is only one aspect affecting US space acquisition today. There is a large body of literature that suggests US space acquisition is over budget, behind schedule, and delivering underperforming systems. The GAO seems to attribute a number of factors to contributing to this situation. However, three primary factors include an over-reliance on immature technology, managing requirements to build the ''grand design'' and the health of the space industrial base. Addressing these factors will be critical so that the US can maintain its technology superiority and leadership in space. This is especially critical as countries such as Russia and China continue to mount significant challenges to our dominance in space. A loss of US leadership in space could very well translate into a loss of prosperity and national security.
Type
Technical Report
Description
Proceedings Paper (for Acquisition Research Program)
Department
Acquisition Management
Other Research Faculty
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NPS Report Number
NPS-AM-10-054
Sponsors
Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
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Citation
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.