A thorough and independent cost-benefit analysis of MPAR and those alternatives would be in the nation’s best interest.

OVERARCHING RECOMMENDATION

The committee recommends that the MPAR R&D program be continued with the objective of evaluating the degree to which a deployable MPAR system can satisfy the national weather and air surveillance needs cost-effectively. This program should incorporate the following features:

  • Full evaluation of the unresolved technical issues.

  • An evaluation of the full operational requirements of all participating agencies and the ability of MPAR to meet these requirements.

  • Development of the basis for reliable and realistic estimates of acquisition and lifecycle costs of a nationally deployed MPAR System.

  • Independent assessment of the cost effectiveness of the R&D program itself, especially prior to commitment of major funding for the full-scale prototype.



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