Despite Gates’ Proposed Reforms New Satellites to go Forward

by: Matthew Potter
April 9, 2009

Category: Business Line, Congress, Department of Defense, development program, Events, Federal Budget Process, NGIA, Proposal, Satellites, Services, space, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

As Federal Computer Week writes the Obama administration has decided to go ahead and begin development of a new spy satellite. In the past these black space programs have been heavily criticized for not only cost and schedule growth but the fact that due to their secret nature that there is no public oversight. Part of the impetus for this system is the recent North Korean missile launch. For monitoring programs like this and the Iranian nuclear one satellites are the most efficient way of doing so. This system will also utilize commercial imagery systems that are available. Of interest an earlier attempt at upgrading the U.S. capability, the Future Imagery Architecture project, was not successful. Perhaps this program will be able to demonstrate that Secretary Gates has been able to reform some aspects of acquisition at the Pentagon.

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