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This Community serves to support the space acquisition community members with immediate access to the learning assets they need to sustain and enhance their overall performance. The site provides lessons learned, updated directives, and key POCs if you need to calibrate your acquisition actions and decisions and/or just need some extra help in the context of your daily space acquisition duties. 

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DoD Commercial Space Integration Strategy, 2 Apr 24
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DoD released its first-ever Commercial Space Integration Strategy on 2 Apr 24. The 16-page document is available here.

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GAO Analysis on Two DoD Reports to Congress, 26 Mar 24
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On 26 Mar 24, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the 14-page report GAO-24-106984 "Space Acquisitions: Analysis of Two DoD Reports to Congress." The GAO was tasked in House Report 116-442 and the FY21 NDAA to review two DoD reports to Congress:

Department of the Air Force (DAF) May 2020 report on an alternative acquisition system for the Space Force, which described nine features of the DAF's proposed space-specific acquisition system, several of which the DoD subsequently implemented.

DoD's September 2022 report on applying the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) to space systems acquisitions, which addressed eight required areas of focus.

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White House Issues United States Novel Space Activities Authorization and Supervision Framework
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VP Kamala Harris announced release of the subject document at the most recent meeting of the National Space Council.

Original 7-page document.

Breaking Defense article.

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Defense Business Board Issues "A Review of Space Acquisition" 15 Nov 23
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The Defense Business Board (DBB) issued its periodic review of space acquisition dated 15 Nov 23. The 94-page document can be accessed here.

DAU's Life Cycle Logistics professor Shawn Harrison posted a blog about the report on 7 Dec 23.

Breaking Defense and New Space Economy posted articles about the report upon its release in early December 2023.

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DoD Commercial Space Integration Strategy, 2 Apr 24
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April 3, 2024 - 01:58pm

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DoD released its first-ever Commercial Space Integration Strategy on 2 Apr 24. The 16-page document is available here.

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GAO Analysis on Two DoD Reports to Congress, 26 Mar 24
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March 26, 2024 - 07:09pm

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On 26 Mar 24, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the 14-page report GAO-24-106984 "Space Acquisitions: Analysis of Two DoD Reports to Congress." The GAO was tasked in House Report 116-442 and the FY21 NDAA to review two DoD reports to Congress:

Department of the Air Force (DAF) May 2020 report on an alternative acquisition system for the Space Force, which described nine features of the DAF's proposed space-specific acquisition system, several of which the DoD subsequently implemented.

DoD's September 2022 report on applying the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) to space systems acquisitions, which addressed eight required areas of focus.

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White House Issues United States Novel Space Activities Authorization and Supervision Framework
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December 21, 2023 - 02:21pm

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VP Kamala Harris announced release of the subject document at the most recent meeting of the National Space Council.

Original 7-page document.

Breaking Defense article.

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Defense Business Board Issues "A Review of Space Acquisition" 15 Nov 23
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December 21, 2023 - 02:15pm

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The Defense Business Board (DBB) issued its periodic review of space acquisition dated 15 Nov 23. The 94-page document can be accessed here.

DAU's Life Cycle Logistics professor Shawn Harrison posted a blog about the report on 7 Dec 23.

Breaking Defense and New Space Economy posted articles about the report upon its release in early December 2023.

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New DoDI 8420.02 DoD Satellite Communications Issued, 3 Aug 23
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December 21, 2023 - 02:08pm

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On 3 Aug 23, DoD CIO released a new DoDI 8420.02, DoD Satellite Communications. It reissues and cancels the instruction of the same number and name dated 25 Nov 20.

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CRS Insight on DoD Satellite Programs in FY24 PB
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June 15, 2023 - 07:50am

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On 13 Jun 23, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a four-page Insight report on DoD satellite programs in the FY24 President's Budget Request. Highlights:

  • $26.1B request for RDT&E and Procurement of spacecraft; launch vehicles; space command and control systems; and terrestrial satellite terminals and equipment. $4.4B increase over FY23 request.
    • $11.0B for GPS Enterprise, space-based missile warning systems, and SATCOM.
    • Table 1 in the report breaks the budget request down between RDT&E and Procurement for FY23 and FY24 in those three areas.
    • These three portfolios are discussed further on pages two and three.
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DepSecDef Hicks Tasks Defense Business Board to Review Space Acquisition
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June 7, 2023 - 08:33am

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​In a Terms of Reference (TOR) memo dated 9 May 23, DepSecDef Hicks tasked the Defense Business Board (DBB) to review Space Acquisition. The final report is due to the DepSecDef by 30 Nov 23 (a really short suspense for this magnitude and level of review!) and is to include the following:

  • Recommendations for specific statutory or regulatory changes to revise conflicting authorities in space acquisition across the DoD and/or to improve the governance process, as applicable;
  • Specific recommendations regarding the authorities and membership of the SAC to maximize integration, ensure effectiveness, and clarify the roles and responsibilities of the body;
  • Recommendations to streamline acquisition business processes and enhance opportunities for innovation; and
  • Any other related matters the Board determines are relevant to this task.
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GAO Assessments of Major NASA Projects, 31 May 23
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May 31, 2023 - 02:25pm

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​GAO published a 135-page report today about NASA's major projects. Access report webpage here.

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VILT Version of ACQ-203 Space Variant
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​DAU started the ACQ-203 Space Variant in 2009 and has conducted more than 70 face-to-face offerings at various space acquisition locations (Los Angeles, Peterson AFB, Kirtland AFB, Vandenberg AFB, Patrick AFB, and Lackland AFB. Now DAU has developed a Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) version of the Space Variant. The first offering is 6-10 Apr 2020 (Section #554) with a likely second offering the week of 4-8 May 2020 (Section #560). These offerings were initially planned to be face-to-face. The Space Variant is a great option for Space Force acquisition personnel. A space scenario is used throughout and unique space acquisition policy considerations are discussed.

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Space Force Is Born
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Acquisition Policy and Documentation

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Logistics

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SECDEF Memo
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SECDEF Memo on Space Force

NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems COTS Program Lesson Learned
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COTS Program Manager Alan Lindenmoyer, and his Project Execs Mike Horkachuck and Bruce Manners, discuss lessons learned from the program perspective as well as lessons learned from their interfaces with SpaceX and Orbital Sciences.  In the video, at the link below, you will see and hear how  these managers made NASA and aerospace history and learn how the COTS model for public-private partnerships worked! Lessons learned Reference Link: NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems COTS Program Lesson Learned (https://nsckn.nasa.gov/Database/166/Knowledge Sharing Forums/2013Nov13/index.html?Filter=166)

AF Space Command High Frontier Dedicated To A Look At The Space Commission 10 Years Later Aug 11
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This issue of High Frontier Journal, our final edition, appropriately focuses on the Report of the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization and its impact 10 years later. Commonly known as the Space Commission, this landmark study helped shape today’s national security space enterprise.  The Space Commission’s recommendations sparked many changes, from the president establishing space as a national security priority, designating Air Force civilian leadership as Executive Agent for Space within the Department of Defense, eliminating multi-hat responsibilities by assigning an Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) commander singularly focused on the organization, aligning Space and Missile Systems Center under AFSPC, to establishing the National Security Space Institute. Recommendations for action.

IMPLEMENTING OPERATIONAL SAFETY, SUITABILITY AND EFFECTIVENESS (OSS&E) AND LIFE CYCLE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (LCSE)
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This Air Force Materiel Command Instruction (AFMCI) supports guidance contained in Air Force Instruction (AFI) 20-106_IP, Management Of Aviation Critical Safety Items; Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 63-1/20-1 and AFI 63-101/20-101, Integrated Life Cycle Management (ILCM); AFI 63-145, Manufacturing and Quality Management; and AFPD 90-13, Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance. It assigns AFMC responsibilities, prescribes policy and procedures, and provides direction for standardizing, verifying and maintaining the accomplishment of required missions and end states in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD), United States Air Force (USAF) and AFMC policy. In accordance with (IAW) AFMC Mission Directive (AFMCMD) 401, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, it identifies elements of systems engineering (SE) practices and management required to provide and sustain cost-effective products and systems that are operationally safe, suitable and effective.

The Air Force Needs to Evaluate Changes in Funding for Civilians Engaged in Space Acquisition, GAO-13-638, Jul 8, 2013
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What GAO Found The Air Force did not evaluate its pilot program that moved funding for Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) acquisition civilian personnel from its 1-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) appropriation to its 2-year Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. In addition, the Air Force is considering using this pilot program to inform funding changes for other sections of its civilian workforce. GAO's prior work has identified the following practices for implementing and evaluating pilot programs: (1) develop objectives that link to the goals of the pilot; (2) develop processes for monitoring the pilot; (3) develop and implement a data collection and analysis plan for evaluating the pilot; and (4) communicate evaluation results to stakeholders. When implementing the pilot program, the Air Force did not follow these practices, and primarily focused on ensuring that administrative changes were made accurately such as ensuring employees received pay on time. Personnel actions

NASA's Constellation Program Lessons Learned, Executive Summary April 11 and Details Sep 11
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These lessons learned are part of a suite of hardware, software, test results, designs, knowledge base, and documentation that comprises the legacy of the Constellation Program.  The context, summary information, and lessons learned are presented in a factual format, as known and described at the time. While our opinions might be discernable in context, we have avoided all but factually sustainable statements. Statements should not be viewed as either positive or negative; their value lies in what we did and what we learned that is worthy of passing on. Space acquisition lessons learned from NASA

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The U.S. Air Force released an unclassified report Wednesday created by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center detailing developing trends in the space domain and the growing challenges posed by foreign space assets. The report, titled “Competing in Space,” was created at the request of Air Force senior leaders to serve as a discussion tool for the public. The 25-page unclassified document uses a combination of images, assessments and projections to characterize the increasing threats to U.S. and allied use of space, and presents an outlook for the continued evolution of these trends. NASIC’s mission is to discover and characterize air, space, missile and cyber threats to enable full-spectrum multi-domain operations, drive weapon system acquisition, and inform national defense policy. NASIC products help create advantage, giving policymakers, warfighters and the acquisition community a war-winning edge.

Space Systems Technical Data Report SSTDR , DATA ITEM DESCRIPTION, DI-MGMT-81898
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SSTDR data shall be used by DoD component staff, including program managers, engineers, cost estimators, and financial management personnel to: (1) Review and evaluate the baseline reasonableness; (2) Provide technical inputs required to develop a program cost estimate; and (3) Collect technical and cost information to develop estimating relationships (CERs). SSTDR primary value to the Government is its ability to support the development of program cost estimates. It is important that the data be as accurate as possible so that they may be used for their intended purpose, which is to facilitate improved budgeting. The Data Item Description is located at the website below.  Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) provided Excel spreadsheets for Formats 1, 3, and 4 that can be downloaded below. Cost estimate Reference Link: Space Systems Technical Data Report SSTDR DATA ITEM DESCRIPTION DI-MGMT-81898 (http://quicksearch.dla.mil/basic_profile.cfm?ident_number=279321&method=basic)

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