Accession Number : ADA322454

Title :   National Missile Defense: Risk and Funding Implications for the Space-Based Infrared Low Component.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA322454

Report Date : FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : In 1995, the Department of Defense (DOD) made plans for the space and missile tracking system-the low satellite component of the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRs)-to be deployed in fiscal year 2006. In February 1996, the Congress directed the Secretary of Defense to restructure the SBIRs program and deploy the first space and missile tracking system (hereafter referred to as SBIRs-low) satellite in fiscal year 2002. The Congress also appropriated $264 million above DOD's fiscal year 1996 and 1997 budget requests to support this deployment acceleration. The purpose was to ensure that the space and missile tracking system provided support to national and theater ballistic missile defenses sooner, rather than later.

Descriptors :   *INFRARED EQUIPMENT, *LAUNCH VEHICLES, *AIR FORCE BUDGETS, *SATELLITE TRACKING SYSTEMS, GUIDED MISSILES, CONGRESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPLOYMENT, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, RISK, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ACCELERATION, INFRARED RADIATION, NATIONAL DEFENSE, SPACE BASED.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Infrared Detection and Detectors
      Unmanned Spacecraft
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE