The article bore no resemblance to what was actually a timely, thoughtful GAO report.
On July 26, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released an excellent follow-on report on the Pentagon’s primary satellite launching program, “Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Is Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Its New Acquisition Strategy.”
In the debate over how best to acquire launch services for our nation’s critical payloads, two options are sometimes cast in opposition: Buy economically from the current supplier, or compete. This characterization is a false choice that leads to misunderstanding and obscures the facts. The fact is that the Air Force acquisition strategy includes both options; the difference is timing.