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TITLE VIII--ACQUISITION POLICY, ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AND RELATED MATTERS

Subtitle G Governmentwide Acquisition Improvements

DHNDAA Section

House Armed Services Report 110-652

SEC. 912. INVESTMENT AND ACQUISITION STRATEGY FOR COMMERCIAL SATELLITE CAPABILITIES.

(a) Requirement- The Secretary of Defense shall conduct an assessment to determine a recommended investment and acquisition strategy for commercial satellite capabilities.

(b) Elements- The assessment required under subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1) Review of national and defense policy relevant to the requirements for, acquisition of, and use of commercial satellite capabilities, and the relationship with commercial satellite providers.

(2) Assessment of the manner in which commercial satellite capabilities are used by the Department of Defense and options for expanding such use or identifying new means to leverage commercial satellite capabilities, such as hosting payloads.

(3) Review of military requirements for satellite communications and remote sensing by quantity, quality, timeline, and any other metric considered appropriate.

(4) Description of current and planned commercial satellite capabilities and an assessment of their ability to meet the requirements identified in paragraph (3).

(5) Assessment of the ability of commercial satellite capabilities to meet other military requirements not identified in paragraph (3).

(6) Description of the use of and resources allocated to commercial satellite communications and remote sensing needed to meet the requirements identified in paragraph (3) during--

(A) the five-year period preceding the date of the assessment;

(B) the period from the date of the assessment through the fiscal years covered under the future-years defense program under section 221 of title 10, United States Code; and

(C) the period beyond the fiscal years covered under the future-years defense program under such section 221.

(7) Assessment of purchasing patterns that may lead to recommendations in which the Department may consolidate requirements, centralize operations, aggregate purchases, or leverage purchasing power (including the use of multiyear contracting).

(8) Assessment of various models for acquiring commercial satellite capabilities, including funding, management, and operations models.

(c) Report-

(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than February 1, 2010, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report setting forth the results of the assessment required under subsection (a) and provide recommendations, including--

(A) the recommended investment and acquisition strategy of the Department for commercial satellite capabilities;

(B) how the investment and acquisition strategy should be addressed in fiscal years after fiscal year 2010; and

(C) a proposal for such legislative action as the Secretary considers necessary to acquire appropriate types and amounts of commercial satellite capabilities.

(2) FORM- The report shall be in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.

(d) Definitions- In this section:

(1) The term `commercial satellite capabilities' means the system, capability, or service provided by a commercial satellite provider.

(2) The term `commercial satellite provider' refers to privately owned and operated space systems, their technology, components, products, data, services, and related information, as well as foreign systems whose products and services are sold commercially.

SECTION 912--INVESTMENT AND ACQUISITION STRATEGY FOR COMMERCIAL SATELLITE CAPABILITIES

This section would require the Department of Defense to conduct an assessment to determine a recommended investment and acquisition strategy for commercial satellite capabilities. This section would require the Secretary of Defense to report the results of this assessment by February 1, 2009.

 

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