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New GAO Report on Life Cycle Sustainment Plans

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report of interest to the life cycle logistics functional area members entitled “GAO-23-105505 Satellite Control Network: Updating…

New GAO Report on Life Cycle Sustainment Plans

New GAO Report on Life Cycle Sustainment Plans
Bill Kobren

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report of interest to the life cycle logistics functional area members entitled “GAO-23-105505 Satellite Control Network: Updating Sustainment Plan Would Help Space Force Better Manage Future Efforts”.

According to the GAO, “Space Force—a branch of the U.S. military—runs a network of 19 antennas around the world that communicate with and control U.S. government satellites. This network is aging and difficult to maintain. At the same time, demand on the network is increasing as more satellites are launched. Space Force's long-term plan to sustain this network hasn't been updated since 2017, so it doesn't reflect recent acquisitions or organizational changes. For instance, it's unclear which staff offices within Space Force are responsible for maintaining this network. We recommended that Space Force update this plan to effectively plan and budget its efforts.”

Finally, to assist with Life Cycle Sustainment Plans, your DAU and DoD colleagues offer a range of resources and related learning assets on this important topic, including::