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GAO: DoD Faces Fiscal Constraints in Space Acquisition Shift

Surface Water and Ocean Topography spacecraftThe Government Accountability Office has released a new report that says the Defense Department faces fiscal challenges and both adversarial and environmental threats as the agency considers new approaches to space acquisition.

GAO evaluated various issues that comprise DoD’s analysis for future weather satellites, space leadership and competition in space launch acquisitions, GAO said Wednesday.

Auditors also identified gaps in cost and other data required for DoD to consider the benefits of changing space systems, according to the report.

GAO also said management and development issues continue to challenge ground systems and user equipment and that “leadership for space acquisitions is still fragmented.”

That fragmented structure could impact the implementation of new acquisition approaches for programs that stretch across satellites, ground systems and user equipment, GAO said.

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