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Boosting Access to Government Rocket Science


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Author: John F. Rice

Retirement of the Space Shuttle and Constellation programs has created significant ripple effects in Department of Defense (DoD) missile and rocket acquisition. Notably, the decline in propulsion system skills and capabilities has led to a decrease in technology advances. This is exemplified by DoD’s reliance on Russia for Atlas V rocket engines to launch military payloads. Enter the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and its Mission Assistance for the National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems (NIRPS). DAU’s South Region led a study for NIRPS, a joint DoD-NASA virtual organization, to assess issues relating to the propulsion industrial base. The results include an innovative framework for developing flexible, yet binding, agreements that promote commercial access to government resources.

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