The Air Force set clear system design requirements early in the acquisition process, said Frank McCall, Boeing director of Strategic Deterrence Systems and GBSD program manager.
Now that the requirements baseline has been set, Boeing will move through a series of cost-capability studies, weighing affordability against configuration options to come up with a GBSD solution that is capable, flexible and affordable.
Heath Collins, GBSD program manager at the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center.
Program officials are looking at missile development efforts by the Navy, the space community and the Missile Defense Agency that could be applied to GBSD.
We have the opportunity to make decisions in the next couple years that will save billions and billions of dollars over the life-cycle of GBSD," Collins said.
But some analysts question whether enough money will be available to fully fund the GBSD and LRSO programs down the road.
Pentagon cost estimates for the GBSD program have ranged from $62 billion to $85 billion.
We're putting together a proposal with the future in mind and leveraging smart technology investments over the entire GBSD
lifecycle," he said.
Lockheed Martin submitted a proposal to the Air Force for the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase of GBSD on Oct.
Lockheed Martins qualified GBSD industry team includes: General Dynamics for weapon system command and control; Draper Laboratories for guidance, navigation and control;
The new GBSD weapon system will meet existing national requirements, while having the adaptability and flexibility to affordably address changing technology and threat environments through 2075.
Strategic Command, supports the GBSD to "ensure an adversary cannot launch a comprehensive counterforce attack on the United States by striking only a few targets," he said during his keynote speech at a strategic deterrent panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in January.