Three Approaches to Space Systems Acquisitions and their Application to the Defense Departments Weather Satellite Program
Phillips, Wellington V.G.
MetadataShow full item record
For more than a half century, the United States government has been acquiring and launching satellites. However, throughout these years, there has been a shift in the space systems acquisitions model, from acquiring greater quantities but less complex satellites, to fewer quantities but drastically more complex individualized satellites. Within the past two decades, when a new satellite was to be built, whether as part of an existing generation of satellites or the first of its kind, it appeared that the acquisition process starts over from the beginning as if it was the first time building a satellite. This shift in the model has resulted in these individualized systems being extremely costly and taking a long time to be produced. The acquisition of the Defense Departments Weather Satellites is one such example. This author asserts that effective systems acquisition requires a system engineering-inspired approach. The result of systems engineering guidance is to synthesize general principles from case studies. Therefore, this thesis researched the history of some Air Force Space acquisitions programs, current factors affecting the way systems are acquired, and new approaches (Fast, Inexpensive, Simple, Tiny [FIST], and Evolutionary Acquisition for Space Efficiency [EASE]) that are intended to remedy the aforementioned problems. In addition, Toyotas process for producing new vehicles models was also reviewed. These three approaches were then applied to the Defense Departments Weather Satellite program to develop recommendations for its follow-on programs acquisition strategy.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Ordonez, Michael M. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2016-03);The Department of Defense’s (DOD) large satellites provide robust capabilities, but they are ill designed to combat emerging threats and concerns like anti-satellite weapons and a shrinking defense budget. Small satellites ...
A cost-effectiveness analysis of tactical satellites, high-altitude long-endurance airships, and high and medium altitude unmanned aerial systems for ISR and communication missions Kacala, Jeffrey C.; Collier, Corey M. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2008-09);Before 1991, the United States military's demand for additional communications bandwidth and timely intelligence was rising rapidly. Since then, with the advent of the Global War on Terrorism, it has increased substantially. ...
Big Data and Deep Learning for Defense Acquisition Visibility Environment (DAVE)—Developing NPS Student Thesis Research Zhao, Ying (2017-12-21); NPS-AM-18-012The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition process is extremely complex. There are three key processes that must work in concert to deliver capabilities: determining warfighters’ requirements and needs, planning the ...