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Defense Support Program(DSP)/Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (NDS) (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The Defense Support Program and Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (NDS) consists of two sensor packages for the detection, location, and data transmittal of nuclear detonation and space background radiation information to units located at the CONUS Ground Station (CGS) and the Overseas Ground Station (OGS). The DSP/NDS system is designed to support nuclear force management, integrated tactical warning and attack assessment, and test ban treaty monitoring. The system includes space based sensors and ground mission processing systems. NDS payloads are also hosted on the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation satellites. This description discusses the NDS portion of the DSP system.

Description (U):

(U) The DSP/NDS consists of two sensor packages for the detection and location of endo- and exo-atmospheric NUDETs: the Advanced RADEC (Radiation Detection Capability) I and Advanced RADEC II. These packages consist of optical, x-ray, neutron, and gamma ray sensors to detect endo-atmospheric, near earth exo-atmospheric, and deep space exo-atmospheric nuclear events and to monitor background radiation in space.

User Impact (U):

(U) DSP/NDS provides endo- and exo-atmospheric nuclear detonation detection and space background radiation information.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Operational.

(U) Organizations and Funding:
  • (U) SMC.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U):
NBC DetectionNuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Detection
SABRSSpace and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System (SABRS)
SBIRS (High) NUDET PackageSpace Based Infrared System (SBIRS) (HIGH) Nuclear Exo-atmospheric Detonation (NUDET) PACKAGE
USNDSUnited States Nuclear Detonation Detection System (USNDS)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
NDSNuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (NDS)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

National Security Space Road MapIntegrated System Road Map
This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

1998 Strategic Master Plan
RDT&E Budget Item Project 2808
RDT&E Budget Item Project 3624
Sattelite Control ORD (95)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

(U) DoD: USD(A&T) and OASD(C3I), Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Service Staff: SAF/AQS, NGB/XO, and HQ USAF/XOR, Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Major Command: HQ AFSPC/DO/DR, Peterson AFB, CO
(U) Program Management: HQ AFPEO/SP, Pentagon, Washington, DC; SBIRS Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, CA

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Col Dudley B. Killam, SMC/MT, Open Phone: (310) 363-1177, DSN 833-1177.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 09 September 1998

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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