Space Based Laser



  1. Program Objective
  2. Conduct a research effort to advance and assess the feasibility of the SBL concept and its technologies, to include assessing non-BMD mission utility, and culminating in execution of a Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty compliant SBL ballistic missile defense (BMD) demonstration in the CY2008 time frame with acceptable risk given funds availability

  3. Demonstration Objectives
  4. Obtain data to answer key operations and technology questions needed to validate the viability of the SBL concept and to create accurate cost and performance models for bounding the cost and performance risk for a future operational system, in particular:

    1. Define the requirements, design, build, and test a functionally representative SBL (the SBLRD) suitable for space flight, and use it to:
    2. Perform on-orbit BMD demonstrations, culminating in an end-to-end lethal demonstration, against thrusting ballistic missiles, or like targets, with a human in control
    3. Assess utility in conducting non-BMD missions
      1. Perform selected non-BMD demonstrations performed that donít significantly impact the risk or cost of successfully completing the BMD demonstrations

d. Validate designs, models, and scaling relationships of the SBL system and key technology components

3 Procurement Objective

Vest single integration contractor with Total System Authority (TSA) and responsibility for executing a program to achieve the objective in Section 1 and objectives in Section 2 and to:

    1. Execute all planning, directing, controlling, organizing, and staffing activities to include:
      1. Arranging for any needed Government support with the responsible organization
      2. Creating and using mechanisms for flexibly planning and adjusting to variations in funding amounts and release dates, as well as technical setbacks
      3. Implementing an Independent Review Team (IRT) process for management and technical performance assessment
      4. Providing progress and performance visibility to the Government to include electronic accessibility to all relevant program data to include cost
      5. Publishing achievements and lessons learned to advance Government R&D
    2. Execute all research, risk reduction, design, development, build, integration, test, data collection and analysis, modeling and simulation, and demonstration activities to include:
      1. Balancing SBLRD execution risk and legacy provided for any future SBL program
      2. Conducting all aspects of program within laws, treaties, policies, and regulations on security, system and occupational safety, health, environment, and as applicable
    3. Maintain affordability and sound financial control throughout the SBLRD effort to include:
      1. Managing within the available funding levels while continuing to make progress
      2. Generating, maintaining, and tracking to a Total Demonstration Cost (TDC)
      3. Identifying and managing the Termination Liability to minimize impact on progress