(U) The Directed Energy (Chemical Laser) program is structured to address the key critical technical issues: (1) Can a chemical laser be built powerful enough to destroy a missile at militarily useful ranges? (Alpha program); (2) Can mirrors and optics be built large enough and easily enough? (Large Aperture Mirror Program (LAMP) and Large Optical Segment (LOS)); (3) Can the high power beam be controlled and directed adequately? (Large Optics Demonstration Experiment (LODE)); (4) Can missile targets be acquired and tracked from space and can a laser be pointed and fired accurately enough? (Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing/Fire Control (ATP/FC)); (5) Can these key components be integrated into a functional unit suitable for space flight and remotely operated? (SHIELD ground test); (6) Can the fully integrated system operate adequately on-orbit? (Space demonstration).
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(U) 21 November 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 18 June 2001