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Accession Number PB2014-104049
Title Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Competitive Procurement.
Publication Date Mar 2014
Media Count 46p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract DOD's EELV program is the primary provider of launch vehicles and services for U.S. military and intelligence satellites. The most recent independent cost estimate projects the program will cost about $70 billion through 2030. From 2006 to 2013, the program acquired launch services from a single provider. In December 2013, DOD signed a five-year contract modification with that provider. DOD has also set aside up to 14 launches for competition among all certified launch vehicle providers, and is currently developing a methodology for comparing launch proposals for the competition, which is expected to begin in fiscal year 2015. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, requested that GAO review DODs upcoming competitive EELV procurement. The report addresses the following: (1) What insight did DOD have into launch costs under past EELV contracts; (2) How do recent changes to EELV contracts affect accounting for costs; (3) How is DOD compensated for costs when ULA sells launches to other customers; and (4) What are the implications if DOD requires competitors to submit offers using the same structure it currently uses with ULA or a commercial approach.
Keywords Air force
Evolved expendable launch vehicle(EELV)
Launch vehicles
Military intelligence
Military satellites

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 84G - Unmanned Spacecraft
74 - Military Sciences
70B - Management Practice
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1413
Contract Number N/A

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