STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES
SPACE BASED INFRARED SYSTEMS (SBIRS) LOW
PROGRAM DEFINITION (PD)
1.0 Program Scope
The Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Low Component Program Definition (PD) effort will result in an initial system design which can be used to develop, manufacture, deliver, operate, and sustain the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) portion of the SBIRS System-of-Systems (SoS) architecture. The SBIRS Low system design includes a space segment and associated ground elements. This design must satisfy threshold SBIRS Operational Requirements Document (ORD) requirements as allocated in the SBIRS Low PD Technical Requirements Document (TRD). The design must also reflect PD cost/military utility trade study recommendations (i.e., Cost as an Independent Variable). Successful accomplishment of the SBIRS Low PD objectives will support a Milestone II decision to enter Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD). An overview of the acquisition schedule for this PD effort is included as Figure 1.
1.1.1 Congress mandated an accelerated SBIRS Low program deployment and the Department of Defense and the USAF have committed to beginning this deployment in FY04. The timeline for the SBIRS Low for Increment 3 to achieve Full Operational Capability (FOC) is dependent on evolving requirements. The SBIRS Low program will be developed as part of the SBIRS SoS architecture. The acquisition of this architecture is proceeding in four increments as is described in the SBIRS Single Acquisition and Management Plan (SAMP). Increment 1 consists of the consolidation of the Defense Support Program (DSP) overseas ground operations in CONUS. Increment 2 refers to the actual deployment of the SBIRS High Block I. Increment 3 will add the SBIRS Low capabilities to the SoS architecture. In Increment 4, the SBIRS High/Low system will be updated as driven by the evolving environment to provide best value to the government. Additional detail is available in the SBIRS SAMP.
2.0 Specific Objectives
Figure 2 provides a top level description of activities associated with the four increments of the SBIRS Master Acquisition Strategy. Figure 3 provides a decomposition of Increments 3 and 4 strategy. The following are specific objectives (not in priority order):
2.1 Design SBIRS Low component for Increment 3.
2.2 Define an integrated SBIRS Increment 4 conceptual architecture
2.3 Define an Increment 3 to Increment 4 transition approach.
2.4 Define a Test and Evaluation approach for verification of SBIRS Low component performance requirements for Increment 3.
2.5 Define and justify an integrated design, production, deployment and sustainment approach for SBIRS Low Increment 3.
2.6 Define, justify and implement a risk management approach to assess, handle, and monitor program risks for SBIRS Low Increment 3.
2.7 Establish a program management approach which provides for minimum government oversight while maintaining government insight.