US Space Acquisition Policy: A Decline in Leadership

Report Number: NPS-AM-10-054

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Capability Based Acquisition

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Barry "Jay" Borst, Shahram Sarkani, Thomas Mazzuchi

Title: US Space Acquisition Policy: A Decline in Leadership

Published: 2010-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Capability Based Acquisition


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