Press Release

Lockheed Martin Delivers Integrated Air and Space Command and Control Capability for Air Force, USSTRATCOM

By SpaceRef Editor
January 31, 2004
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Lockheed Martin
has delivered a prototype integrated air and space command and
control (C2) capability to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command
(USSTRATCOM), taking the first significant step toward automated access and
availability of space information in Air Operations Centers (AOC) around the
globe. Delivered to the C2 Transformation Center, Langley Air Force Base, the
prototype capability integrates Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation
accuracy and satellite overflight information directly into the air battle
planning process.

Through the integrated capability, space battle management systems will
also have access to the Air Tasking Order (ATO), while the AOC will have
similar access to the Space Tasking Order (STO). This move will enable more
cohesive planning between air and space command centers, and provides an
initial but powerful machine-to-machine data exchange capability that will
serve as the foundation for future integration efforts.

The capability was delivered through a $2.8 million task order awarded
jointly on Lockheed Martin’s Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) and
Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS) contracts. ISC2 is a 15-year
effort to modernize and integrate 40 systems for space controls, missile
defense, and air surveillance for USSTRATCOM and the North American Aerospace
Defense Command. TBMCS plans and manages the Joint air battle and is the
integrating platform within the AOC.

“This air and space integration effort is a perfect example of how
capability-based horizontal integration efforts can yield significant results
with minimal cost,” said Frank De Lalla, Lockheed Martin’s TBMCS Program
Director. “With an open architecture and the information services applications
built into each system, we’re able to allow these applications to talk to each
other without having to significantly reconfigure either system.”

The new capability enhances the AOC’s ability to plan for GPS navigation
accuracy in support of precision-guided munitions, giving air battle planners
a vastly improved report on GPS accuracy across the battlefield at any given
time. That enables AOC operators to plan precision strikes around time periods
when GPS accuracy is at its best, helping to ensure that guided munitions
strike with the greatest possible precision.

In addition, the AOC will be better able to plan an air campaign against
an adversary that could potentially have its own space surveillance
capability. With access to space flyover data, AOC planners can determine
when enemy satellites are able to view the battlefield and can temporarily
cease takeoffs or other ground operations, or conduct operations to mislead
the adversary, minimizing the enemy’s space intelligence-gathering capability.

“This initial capability creates a foundation for future advancements in
air-space integration,” said Cliff Spier, Lockheed Martin’s ISC2 Program
Director. “Once we’ve firmly established this link and refined the concepts
of operations to support it, we’ll be able to add on new capabilities over
time and further merge air and space operations worldwide.”

AOC operators will view space data through the TBMCS-based AOC web portal,
while space operators will view the ATO and target nomination data through
SBMCS. The air-space integration effort is synchronized with the TBMCS and
SBMCS spiral development schedules, and will roll out new capabilities with
each new spiral. The next system iteration will support Coalition partner
access through a web browser interface.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000
people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems,
products and services. The corporation reported 2003 sales of $31.8 billion.

Media Contact: Matt Kramer, (301) 240-7350; e-mail, matthew.s.kramer@lmco.com For additional information, visit our website:
http://www.lockheedmartin.com

SpaceRef staff editor.