chapter  9
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The acquisition process: acquiring technology for space and defense STEVE G . GREEN , KURT A . HEPPARD , AND

With the end of the Cold War, the United States faced an unclear future regarding spacecraft and their delivery systems. The nation bore the responsibility of preserving its access to space while meeting a growing demand in both military and commercial sectors. This demand resulted in the Department of Defense (DoD) spending more than $18 billion annually to develop, acquire, and operate satellites and other space-related systems.1