Report on Challenges and Recommendations for United States Overhead Architecture, Together with Minority and Additional Views, Submitted by Mr. Reyes, Chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence [open pdf - 267KB]
"The United States is losing its preeminence in space. A once robust partnership between the U.S. Government and the American space industry has been weakened by years of demanding space programs, the exponential complexity of technology, and an inattention to acquisition discipline. The U.S. Government created an environment that ensured the success of its space missions in the 1950s and 1960s. It provided appropriate funding and personnel needed to accomplish ambitious missions within a reasonable schedule. While the Government still has creative personnel, innovative ideas, and adequate funding, American dominance in space is diminishing. […]. The Subcommittee produced this report to document the issues and challenges facing the development, acquisition, and execution of a space architecture to serve the demands of the U.S. Intelligence Community and DOD. This report examines the narrowing gap between U.S. capabilities and emerging space powers such as Russia, India, and China. Space continues to play an increasingly important role in supporting the national security interests of the United States. As the number and types of national security threats increase, the nation must continue to deliver space capabilities that provide policy-makers and the war fighter with the information they need."
Report No. 110-914
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