Valuation Methodologies for Rocket Motors from Excess Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

February, 2017
IDA document: D-8342
FFRDC: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Type: Documents , Space
Keith W. Crane See more authors
The Federal Government has retired several hundred solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) over the decades. Each of these missiles is powered by three or more rocket motors. These assets have been used over several decades to reliably and cost-effectively launch government payloads, as permitted by U.S. space policy. The emergence of new launch providers and capabilities has triggered a review of how the government accounts for the value of these assets. This quick-reaction assessment looks at four possible valuation methodologies to provide policymakers with concrete options for alternative valuations of these assets.