A multidisciplinary team from across the Labs completed Phase I of the DARPA Strategically Hardened Facility Defeat Program, which seeks to develop an end-to-end system to defeat deeply buried strategic facilities. The team achieved tenfold improvements in rock penetration performance; developed new, high-accuracy algorithms for subsurface sensing; and demonstrated a novel compact power system. When integrated in Phases II and III, these enabling technologies will provide the long sought nonnuclear strike capability to hold an adversary’s most critical assets at risk. Phase II has been awarded to advance the feasibility demonstration system to an operational concept.
Sandia provided modeling and simulation to assist the US Missile Defense Agency and US Navy in shooting down an errant satellite in February 2008. The Missile Defense Agency asked Sandia to deliver in nine days the required “hit point” to prevent significant pieces of the satellite from reaching the Earth. The team delivered the calculations and supported real-time assessment of the event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., where decisions were made that a second intercept shot was not required.