SDA’s Tracking Layer will provide global indications, warning, tracking, and targeting of advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems.

This capability encompasses space-based sensing, as well as algorithms, novel processing schemes, data fusion across sensors and orbital regimes, and tactical data products able to be delivered to the appropriate user.

SDA’s Tracking Layer is exploring technical areas including, but not limited to:

  • Integrated, hybrid architectures including existing and planned missile warning / missile defense (MW/MD) capabilities,
  • Significant reductions in size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) and/or significant performance improvements over traditional MW/MD hardware, software, algorithms, subsystem, component concepts or designs,
  • Identification and exploration of novel MW/MD sensing concepts or design, and
  • Enabling disciplines and technologies such as systems engineering, program security, cybersecurity, logistics, or mission and quality assurance.