Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle - DOD Needs to Ensure New Acquisition Strategy is Based on Sufficient Information, GAO-11-641, September 15, 2011
DOD officials believe the launch industrial base is unstable and plan to implement an acquisition strategy they believe will help stabilize it. The leading proposal would commit the government to a block buy of eight common booster cores—the main component of a launch vehicle—each year, for a 5-year term. However, this approach may be based on incomplete information and although DOD is gathering data that it needs as it finalizes the new acquisition strategy, some critical knowledge gaps remain. DOD expects the strategy to be finalized in the next few months, but this may not allow DOD sufficient time to leverage the knowledge it continues to gain as it develops the strategy. DoD needs to ensure new acquisition strategy is based on sufficient information.