Wednesday, July 16, 2008

MicrospaceNews: GAO weighs in on Operationally Responsive Space

The GAO finds, "DOD is making some progress in developing the ORS concept, but whether it will meet warfighter requirements is unclear, principally because the concept is in the early stages of development and not commonly understood by all members of the warfighter and national security space communities."

Meanwhile, DOD acquisition czar John Young has pulled some of the space acquisition decision-making back from the USAF and NRO into the new Space and Intelligence Capabilities office. Running this new office is Young protégé Joshua Hartman, who is known for his support of ORS funding while a Congressional committee staffer.

COMMENT: It’s not unusual for a new concept to have growing pains and for the relevant bureaucracy to take a while to come to grips with it. For ORS advocates, persistence will be everything.

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