Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Programs: Issues for Congress [Updated February 22, 2005] [open pdf - 137KB]
From the Summary: "For some time Congress has expressed concern about the costs and management of Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) programs. With minor exceptions, ISR acquisition has been coordinated by the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community. Although there are long existing staff mechanisms for reviewing and coordinating ISR programs in the context of the annual budget submissions, many in Congress believe that existing procedures have not avoided duplication of effort, excessive costs, and gaps in coverage. Examples that some observers cite are separate efforts to acquire a new generation of reconnaissance satellites and a high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) known as Global Hawk. Both systems acquire some of the same sorts of information and serve similar customers, but they are acquired in distinctly different ways; moreover, in both cases procurement efforts have been beset by increasing costs and schedule delays."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32508