Theater Battle Management Core Systems Provides Command and Control Foundation for JEFX02
GAITHERSBURG, MD, September 16th, 2002 -- The United States Air Force's Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS) demonstrated enhanced air battle management capabilities as part of the just-completed Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2002 (JEFX02). Developed by Lockheed Martin, TBMCS served as the command and control (C2) backbone for JEFX02, the U.S. Air Force component of Millennium Challenge 2002, the largest joint service experiment in Department of Defense history. JEFX02 is a large-scale experiment focused on exploring next-generation technologies and operational concepts that will define the future of battlespace management. The experiment combined live forces, modeling & simulation and technology insertion to create a realistic warfighting environment to evaluate promising technologies and processes. The Air Force successfully tested new systems for advanced time-critical targeting, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) management, and a prototype airborne command center.
TBMCS served as the infrastructure backbone for the Air Force to conduct air campaign planning and operations throughout the experiment. The system also provided the situational awareness displays and planning tools that enabled the success of the Air Force's time critical targeting scenarios, a key focus of the JEFX02 project.
"In an experiment like JEFX02, where the Air Force is testing some of the most advanced technology available today, it's important to know how those technologies and concepts would fit into a real world operational scenario and warfighting system," said Terry Drabant, president of Lockheed Martin Mission Systems. "As the current System of Record for air warfare, TBMCS provides a foundation for testing how new technologies fit into existing go-to-war systems. That gives the Air Force a much better picture of how these new technologies align with their vision for the future."
JEFX02 employed the latest version of TBMCS, which is evolving through a software spiral development process that follows a "build a little, test a little" strategy. Spiral development delivers proven capabilities to the warfighter in accelerated, focused increments rather than large-scale upgrades. TBMCS Increment 1.1 migrates a significant portion of the system's functionality to a user-friendly, point-and-click web environment that reduces the hardware footprint and enhances the system's mobility.
The enhanced mobility provided by Increment 1.1 was key to the Paul Revere experiment, a "flying command center" prototype of the visionary Multi-Mission Command and Control Aircraft (MC2A). Paul Revere provides a "first strike" Air Operations Center (AOC) on board an aircraft that can be deployed over a battlefield prior to the establishment of a traditional ground-based AOC.
TBMCS provided the core C2 functionality for air battle execution management and near-real-time situational awareness displays for Paul Revere, and provided the capability to integrate ISR management and time critical targeting functions into an airborne command center environment. An integrated ISR and targeting function allows for immediate response to time-critical threats, and represents a transformational capability that will define the future of air battle planning and air battle management.
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