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Title: Can the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Program Overcome an Aggressive Schedule Using the Middle Tier of Acquisition?
Authors: Claire Buck
Keywords: overhead persistent infrared satellites
middle-tier acquisition
missile warning
integration challenges
congressional oversight
Issue Date: 2-May-2022
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Management;SYM-AM-22-060
Abstract: The U.S. defense and intelligence communities depend on data from overhead persistent infrared sensors. These sensors provide early warning of ballistic missile launches and contribute to other defense and intelligence missions. The planned Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (Next Gen OPIR) system is intended to replace the Space Based Infrared System, which began in the mid-1990s. This presentation (1) identifies the challenges Next Gen OPIR acquisition efforts face and the extent to which the Space Force is addressing them, and (2) assesses the extent to which Next Gen OPIR capabilities will address missions supported by the current system.
Description: Excerpt from the Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Acquisition Research Symposium
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