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Global Strike (GS) / Global Persistent Attack (GPA)

In April 2004 the Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) issued a Request for Information (RFI), open to U.S. industry, requesting information to obtain a better understanding of what resources/mature technologies are available with the potential to substantially improve Air Force capabilities required under the Global Strike (GS) / Global Persistent Attack (GPA) Concept of Operations (CONOPS). Specific areas of interest include proven technology, hardware, weapon system concepts and industrial capabilities along with an estimate of the magnitude of resources necessary to field this capability in 2015.

The new capabilities ensure that the Air Force can strike a variety of targets, including hardened or deeply buried targets (HDBTs) as required in non-permissive environments until fielding of the next generation Long Range Strike capability. Capabilities should provide the ability to operate at extended distances from the theater of conflict with an effective and flexible payload (e.g., nuclear and conventional precision/non-precision munitions). Desired attributes for GS/GPA capabilities are responsiveness, persistence, survivability (including lethal self-protection), lethality, connectivity, and affordability. The proposed capabilities may be comprised of currently available/emerging products, modified current products, Non- developmental Items (NDI) and Government Furnished Equipment (GFE). A new/modernized bomber aircraft may satisfy the proposed capability. Currently, all milestones for the program are tentative, but for planning purposes, a development effort could start as early as 2006 with an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2015 and Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2020.

It does not appear that the Global Strike, Global Persistent Attack, nor the Space + C4ISR CONOPS are going to be available before submissions are due in ASC/AAP. The summary CONOPS in the PIXS library are the only documents that are available for consideration in preparing responses to this RFI.

The Global Strike CONOPS employs joint power-projection capabilities to engage anti-access and high-value targets, gain access to denied battlespace, and maintain battlespace access for required joint/coalition follow-on operations. The Global Persistent Attack CONOPS provides a spectrum of capabilities from major combat to peacekeeping and sustainment operations. Global Persistent Attack assumes that once access conditions are established (i.e. through Global Strike), there will be a need for persistent and sustained operations to maintain air, space, and information dominance.

In October 2004 the Air Force issued the Global Strike / Global Persistent Attack Capability Request for Information (RFI) to U.S. industry requesting information to obtain a better understanding of what resources/mature technologies are available with the potential to substantially improve Air Force capabilities required under the Global Strike (GS) / Global Persistent Attack (GPA) Concept of Operations (CONOPS). Specific areas of interest include proven technology, hardware, weapon system concepts and industrial capabilities along with an estimate of the magnitude of resources necessary to field this capability in 2015.

The Air Force was expected to use the accomplishments and technologies from the restructured J-UCAS program to inform the analysis of alternatives for the next generation long range strike program. The Air Force has a goal that approximately 45 percent of its future long-range strike force will be unmanned. Although the J-UCAS and follow-on efforts appeared somewhat unstable, changes in requirements and changes in user needs can be determined prior to full program initiation. If done after an acquisition begins systems integration, these perturbations would be much more costly.

The Department of the Air Force was updating its requirements for GS/GPA capabilities. The new capabilities ensure that the Air Force can strike a variety of targets, including hardened or deeply buried targets (HDBTs) as required in non-permissive environments until fielding of the next generation Long Range Strike capability. Capabilities should provide the ability to operate at extended distances from the theater of conflict with an effective and flexible payload (e.g., nuclear and conventional precision/non-precision munitions). Desired attributes for GS/GPA capabilities are responsiveness, persistence, survivability (including lethal self-protection), lethality, connectivity, and affordability. The proposed capabilities may be comprised of currently available/emerging products, modified current products, Non-developmental Items (NDI) and Government Furnished Equipment (GFE). A new/modernized bomber aircraft may satisfy the proposed capability. As of 2004, all milestones for the program were tentative, but for planning purposes, a development effort could start as early as 2006 with an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2015 and Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2020.



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