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Air Force developing air and missile defense planning system

Feb. 4, 2014 - 01:27PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
A rare look inside the Gen. James H. Doolittle Combined Air and Space Operations Center facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
A rare look inside the Gen. James H. Doolittle Combined Air and Space Operations Center facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (Tech. Sgt. Kerry Jackson / Air Force)
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Lockheed Martin has won an $8 million Air Force contract to develop a software planner to integrate air and missile defenses.

The software, which will be integrated into U.S. Air Force Air Operations Centers (AOC), will "link dissimilar weapon and sensor data with map-based planning tools and decision aids that will allow AOC operators to collaboratively plan missions with greater speed and higher confidence," said the Lockheed announcement. "By integrating the missile defense data sources on to a common visualization platform, operators can easily generate and publish planning tactical operations documents to support creation of an area air defense plan."

The planner uses open software that will allow the Air Force to easily modify it, as well as facilitating integration with legacy systems. Lockheed noted that it will be utilizing expertise gained during development of earlier battle command systems such as Command, Control, Battle Management & Communications, Theater Battle Management Core System, and Integrated Space Command & Control.

“This planner offers an unprecedented capability to analyze multiple sources of information to support rapid and efficient deployment decisions,” said Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. “Our goal is to enhance situational awareness and facilitate collaborative planning for all combatant commands.”

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