The Government Accountability Office recommendedÂ the Department of Defense implementÂ practices to address cost and schedule challenges facing the departmentÂ when procuringÂ space technology platforms. GAOÂ said WednesdayÂ that it found that space leadership changes, potential satellite threats, funding issues and workforce gaps could affect the department’s acquisition of weather satellites andÂ missile warning, communications and navigation systems.Â
The report also noted that while space systems assist government and military operations, their deployment may cost billions of dollars. GAO citedÂ the launch of a satellite communications system was delayed by three years and the mission cost jumpedÂ more than 117 percent.Â
The agency’s recommends are based on DoD space program reports created over the last decade and findings on the status of defense procurement efforts.