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SBIRS Dilemma: Go High or Go Home

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The nation's missile warning system is nearing the end of its lifespan, leaving little alternative than to proceed with its replacement Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) High, according to retired Air Force Undersecretary Peter B. Teets. Bid at $4 billion, Congress was recently notified per regulations that the cost for SBIRS High satellites number 3-5 would be 15% or more than the original $1.5 billion estimate, as a result of a technology upgrade to the three satellites' computer system architecture. This marks the third cost overrun for the program since 2002. Teets said the total program will likely cost $11 billion to $12 billion, an increase over even the June 2004 projection of about $10 billion.

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