SBIRS Low

Terms of Reference: Independent Review Team

As part of its Total System Performance Responsibility for SBIRS High, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space (LMMS) provides the System of Systems (SoSSOS) engineering function for SBIRS. This function includes: (1) ensuring the ORD requirements flowdown to the High and Low components of SBIRS, (2) verifying the combined High/Low system performance, and (3) defining external system interface requirements. Following the award of the SBIRS High contract, several potential contractors for the Low component (currently expected to have a first launch in 2004), expressed concern that the LMMS SBIRS SoSSOS role could bias the SBIRS Low competition and give LMMS an unfair advantage for the SBIRS Low competition. In response, the Air Force, in conjunction with LMMS, has put in place a mitigation plan designed to control potential biases and ensure fair competition. As a further measure, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management has directed that an Independent Review Team (IRT) be established. This Terms of ReferenceOR describes the responsibilities of the IRT.

Reporting to the SMC/MTAFPEO/SP (Space), the IRT is chaired by (TBD) and made up of people with broad technical/programmatic experience in space systems engineering, simulation, and hardware and software development and who have no actual or perceived conflict of interest with respect to any of the SBIRS present or potential contractors. SMC/MT will convene a panel approved by AFPEO/SP as required. The IRT will respond to special technical/programmatic review tasking from SMC/MT and accredit the SOS (SBIR System Testbed) model verification process, will assess the methodology and conclusions of any new SBIRS requirements allocation studies and updates to the SBIRS RAD, Low, CARD and other Pre-EMD documents to ensure that they are bidder-neutral, and will serve as a technical review body"Court of Appeals" to recommend resolution to AFPEO/SP ofve perceived Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) issues., when they cannot be resolved otherwise.

Responsibility for the organization and oversight of the IRT resides with the AFPEO/SP (Space) and SMC/MT. The IRT will be focused on ensuring that there are no Organizational Conflicts of Interest that might be perceived as biasing contractor selection for future elements of SBIRS. This will require that the IRT attend major system reviews and have access to LMMS SoSSOS and potential SBIRS Low personnel and data to ensure the SoSSOS products and processes are bidder-neutral and that the LMMS firewalls and mitigation plan are adequate and implemented. The IRT will be convened In its function as a "Court of Appeals" for OCI issues, it will be convened by the AFPEO/SP (Space) or SMC/MT on an as-needed basis. Contractor or government concerns with an OCI issue will be first addressed by SMC/MTS and the LMMS SoSSOS group. If no satisfactory solution is attained, the IRT shall be convened to address the OCI issue. The IRT will provide documentation to SMC/MT the AFPEO/SP (Space) regarding its actions; in particular, it will provide an assessment of the merits of the OCI issue and the system of systems allocations, accredit the model verification process and evaluate the contractor community acceptance of the LMMS SOS results. define Aalternatives shall be defined when appropriate.