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