LOCKHEED MARTIN'S THEATER BATTLE MANAGEMENT CORE SYSTEMS NAMED JOINT SYSTEM OF RECORD FOR AIR COMBAT
GAITHERSBURG, MD, December 16th, 2002 -- The latest update of Lockheed Martin's Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS), the primary command and control (C2) system for planning and executing air warfare, has been designated System of Record by the military's Joint Configuration Management Board (JCMB). TBMCS Spiral 1.1.1, which adds significant battle management capabilities and migrates a number of TBMCS applications to a web-based architecture, will now be fielded for combat forces worldwide. The system of record announcement follows the successful Development Test / Operational Test (DT/OT) of TBMCS during last month's Air Operations Center (AOC) Block 10.0.2 weapons system testing at Hurlburt Air Force Base, Fla., and Colorado Springs, Colo.
The JCMB noted the system's maturity and stability, both critical aspects of a go-to-war C2 system like TBMCS. Users were also positive about the system's new capabilities and upgrades. "TBMCS is quickly moving from a Unix based to a Windows based structure, which will be much more intuitive for the user and simplify training and ease of use," said Frank DeLalla, TBMCS Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems. "This translates into a more responsive capability for our C2 operators, eliminating manually intensive efforts and freeing them to command the air battle."
The release of TBMCS Spiral 1.1.1 represents a major step forward in web-enabling the AOC. This system delivery provides significantly increased web access to new applications and provides information services for web-based data exchange using eXtensible Markup Language (XML).
"This latest upgrade of TBMCS moves the U.S. Air Force closer to their vision for the next generation Advanced Technology AOC," said Lorraine Martin, vice president of theater command and control systems for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems. "Web-enabling TBMCS applications allows commanders to plan, execute and track the air battle from virtually anywhere. If you have a laptop, a secure Internet connection, and an authorized login, you can access TBMCS. That enhances the AOC's flexibility an allows for distributed battle management."
Substantial improvement to AOC applications and ease of operations for the warfighter have been provided through web-based execution management, alerts, airspace de-confliction, mapping, remote access mission planning, web interface for tactical intelligence, ASOC TACP-M Interface, and the production of the ATO and ACO in XML format. In addition, Spiral 1.1.1 lays the foundation for future AOC capabilities for the warfighter by providing an enterprise application server that supports the deployment of advanced applications using XML, HTML, JSP, Servlet, EJB, SOAP, and JMS.
The latest spiral also features an innovative upgrade process that makes installing new software components faster and easier. The "patch" upgrade process reduces system administration time and effort and does not disrupt the day-to-day operations of the AOC in the field.
The Corporation's lead enterprise for Information Superiority, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems serves customers including U.S. and international defense and civil government agencies. Mission Systems employs approximately 2,500 at facilities in Gaithersburg, Colorado Springs, and Santa Maria, Calif., and is a business unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation.