DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE SMC REGULATION 800-25
Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center (AFMC)
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California 900092960
1. POLICY: Each mission for which I am responsible requires a readiness review process.
2. BACKGROUND: The readiness review process establishes mission readiness, assesses mission risks and recommends corrective actions. It provides the information I or my designee need to decide whether or not to proceed with launch preparations. This decision is based on the recommendations and assessments of the program office(s), the operating and support agencies and the contractors.
3. RESPONSIBILITIES AND PROCEDURES:
a. Altogether, there are at least two and at most four readiness reviews for a given launch. At a minimum there are the Mission Readiness Review (MRR) and the Launch Readiness Review (LRR). Space Transportation System (STS) missions and major missile program launches require a Flight Readiness Review (FRR). Additionally, I may direct an Independent Readiness Review (IRR).
b. The IRR is an independent assessment of mission readiness by a panel of experts who are independent of the program being reviewed. They identify risks to safety or mission success and recommend corrective actions. The IRR team will complete their review and brief me prior to the MRR. My policy is to require an IRR in the following circumstances:
1. Firstofaseries launch vehicle, spacecraft or missile system
2. Major modifications to launch vehicle, spacecraft or missile system
3. Significant elapsed time from previous flight of same vehicle
4. Recent major anomaly on any launch vehicle, spacecraft or missile
5. Very high launch cost or nationally significant mission
c. Program Directors may request the IRR be waived if mitigating circumstances exist. The request for waiver will be routed through SMC/SD for my approval. Program Directors or the Chief Engineer may also request an IRR. Requests will be submitted to me through SMC/SD.
d. SMCR 80012, Readiness Review Process/Space Systems, SMCR 80013, Readiness Review Process/Strategic Missile Systems, and SMCP 80011, Guide for Readiness Reviews contain specific instructions for implementing this policy.
EDWARD P. BARRY, JR.
Lieutenant General, USAF