The leaders of the commercial satellite industry have worked for many years to convince
By leasing commercial capacity on a long-term basis, the commercial satellite industry believes that the DoD will have an opportunity to take a broader approach to planning its space architecture, one that includes both commercial and government-owned satellites. Such long-range planning will not only generate cost savings, but will enable the DoD to have more satellite capacity when and where it is needed to support a range of simultaneous missions around the globe.
As such, we commend the
Specifically, the budget bill requires the DoD to put forth a strategy to include:
- An analysis of financial or other benefits of doing multi-year acquisitions.
- An analysis of risks associated with such acquisitions.
- Identification of methods to address planning, programming, budgeting and execution, liability in the event of a contract termination.
- Identification of changes needed in the process of developing and approving requirements.
- Identification of any necessary changes to policies, procedures, regulations and statutes.
The bill requires that the DoD deliver its strategy to the appropriate Congressional committees within 90 days of passage of the bill.
This is an important step toward fulfilling the goals of the DoD’s Better Buying initiative. It also recognizes the vital role that commercial satellites play in helping the DoD achieve its global mission and encourages more creative and cost-effective approaches to acquiring commercial satcom. We look forward to working with the
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