|Title:||Enhancing assessments of space mission assurance|
|Authors:||Brien Alkire, Author|
|Publisher:||Santa Monica, CA : The RAND Corporation, 2020|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-1-977404-89-3|
|Size:||1 online resource (118 p.)|
|Bibliography note:||Document number: RR-2948-AF|
|Subjects:||Astronautics and state--United States ; Decision making ; Product assurance ; Risk management ; Space warefare|
The U.S. government has taken several steps to account for the increasing likelihood that future conflicts will extend to space, including the establishment in December 2019 of the U.S. Space Force. The potential for future wars to extend to space is driving an urgent need for assessments of space mission assurance (SMA) to provide decision support. Assessments of SMA may be used as decision support for acquisition and operational decisions in the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community.
The research described in this report was conducted in 2018 and aims to help the national security space community enhance analytic methods for assessing SMA. The authors describe decisionmaker needs for assessments of SMA, challenges for conducting assessments, the shortfalls that may result from the challenges, and options for addressing the shortfalls.