Space Tracking and Surveillance System
Two demonstration satellites were launched together on a single Delta II launch vehicle. Launch took place September 25, 2009, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 17. One of the two satellites had been shipped to Cape Canaveral May 4, 2009; the second satellite arrived at the launch site on June 25, 2009. It was reported that several items of debris, identified by amateur satellite watchers as remnants of the Delta-2 launch vehicle, had crashed in a field in Mongolia on the February 19, 2010.
They are set up with the Space-Based Infrared System. (SBIRS)
The the SBIRS already provides advanced targeting and the next generation was real time targeting through multi-phenomenology space situational awareness (SSA) sensors for space-based systems.
The next generation SBIRS goes from the previous IR system to, atmospheric compensation and temperatureemissivity
separation models for space-based thermal infrared hyperspectral imaging. PB 2013 Air Force
Now on to the lasers.
They talked about shutting down the projects in 2001, but they are still active today.
What they "shelved" was the Photonic Phase-Locked Elements (APPLE) and the Tactical High Energy Laser > Discharge Excited Catalytic Oxygen Iodine Laser (DECOIL)*
The above projects can be found here.
What they continued with is space based high energy lasers that are megawatt class. Here is a full spec doc from 2007 on the Megawatt Class Free-Electron Lasers.
What they expect from the system: Look under military utility.
Now these are space-based laser weapons meant to be used against ICBM's... not ground to space. The hype is on a space-based relay mirrors and as good as they are, they are what is legal, not the extent of our capabilities.
The (SBIRS) show concept and ability now, all one needs is a Megawatt Class Free-Electron Lasers and the real time targeting that the SBIRS already provides.
This is all old news and one should gather that such systems, if not more advanced ones, are already in place.
That is not even counting the Brilliant Pebbles program and that also still gets annual funding.