This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), procurement instrument identification number HQ0034-19-BAA-TSTMPD-0001, constitutes the solicitation of offers for research and development (R&D) for the Time-Sensitive Target Mission Payloads Demonstration. The objective of this effort is to advance space-based and high-altitude-based payload and enabling technology concepts that support attack operations against time-sensitive targets mission through analysis, experimentation, and demonstration. There are three phases of this BAA solicitation: 1) White Paper, 2) Concept Design Study (by invitation only), and 3) Demonstration (by invitation only). Publication of this announcement does not obligate the DoD to review any White Paper submission beyond an initial administrative review, or to award any specific project, or to obligate any available funds.
Proposals are due on 15 March 2019.
Adversary missile threats continue to grow in quantity and capability. The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), coupled with means of delivery, greatly increases the potential lethality of any adversary and elevates the importance of maintaining robust capabilities to protect U.S. and friendly forces and areas. Threats posed by missile delivery systems are likely to continue to increase and grow more complex. Adversary missile systems are becoming more mobile, survivable, reliable, and accurate while also achieving longer ranges. Prelaunch survivability is likely to increase as potential adversaries strengthen their denial and deception measures and increasingly base missiles on mobile platforms.
Effective deterrence is the preferred strategy to prevent missile attack. However, a broader approach is required to address the increasingly complex missile threat environment. If deterrence fails and conflict with a rogue state or within a region ensues, U.S. attack operations against time-sensitive targets will degrade, disrupt, or destroy an adversary’s missiles before they are launched. Such operations are part of a comprehensive missile defense strategy and increase the effectiveness of active missile defenses by reducing the number of adversary missiles to be intercepted. To this end, DoD will continue to investigate options to promptly strike time-sensitive mobile missile targets prior to launch at stand-off ranges, including currently available capabilities and new long-range precision strike concepts.
Space-based and high-altitude-based assets enable critical capabilities to engage time-sensitive targets. Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT); and satellite communications (SATCOM) are functions vital to achieving attack operations missions. ISR (which can include, but is not limited to, Electro-Optical InfraRed (EO/IR), Passive RF, or Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) methods), includes missile warning, targeting analysis, threat capability assessment, situational awareness, battle damage assessment, and fire control quality data. PNT provides precise and accurate geolocation, navigation, and time reference services for advanced weapon systems. SATCOM systems with crosslinks inherently facilitate beyond line of site connectivity.