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Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle EELV , DOD Is Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Its New Acquisition Strategy, GAO-12-822, Jul 26, 2012

The Department of Defense (DOD) has numerous efforts in progress to address the knowledge gaps and data deficiencies identified in the GAO report. Of the seven recommendations GAO made to the Secretary of Defense, two have been completely addressed. While two of GAO’s recommendations have actions underway that are expected to be completed, two recommendations need more action for completion and one has had no action taken. Since GAO’s 2011 report, DOD has completed or obtained independent cost estimates for two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle engines and completed a study of the liquid rocket engine industrial base. Officials from DOD, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Reconnaissance Office have initiated several assessments to obtain needed information, and have worked closely to finalize new launch provider certification criteria for national security space launches. Conversely, more action is needed to ensure that launch mission assurance activities are not excessive, to identify opportunities to leverage the government’s buying power through increased efficiencies in launch acquisitions, and to strategically address longer-term technology investments. Some information DOD is gathering could set the stage for longer-term strategic planning for the program, especially in critical launch technology research and development decisions. Investing in a longer-term perspective for launch acquisitions is important to fully leverage the government’s buying power and maintain a healthy industrial base. EELV

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