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:
Review of national and defense policy relevant to the
requirements for, acquisition of, and use of commercial
satellite capabilities, and the relationship with commercial
(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--
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.
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
(8) Assessment of various models for acquiring commercial
satellite capabilities, including funding, management, and
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--
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.
FORM- The report shall be in unclassified form, but may
include a classified annex.
Definitions- In this section:
The term `commercial satellite capabilities' means the system,
capability, or service provided by a commercial satellite
(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
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.