Sustaining Air Force Space Systems

Sustaining Air Force Space Systems

Number of page: 47
Author: Don Snyder
Publisher: Rand Corporation
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Category: History

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) needs quantitative tools to assist it in making decisions on how changes in the dollars invested in maintenance and sustainment of the ground segment of space systems affect the operational performance of those systems. This monograph outlines criteria for analyzing how sustainment investments affect the operational performance of space systems, focusing on the Global Positioning System. The authors offer a framework for such analyses and recommend steps to implement that framework. The authors describe the Global Positioning System at a level of detail needed for the analysis; discuss how to approach modeling the relationships between sustainment activities and overall system performance, and describe a pilot model for such analysis; and the authors examine the results of this model and how they might be used in policy analysis, and discuss the implications for developing such models in GPS and other programs. The authors selected a metric of performance that reflects the overall system performance, and not one that focuses on the performance of a specific subsystem.