LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST MAJOR ISC2 MISSION RELEASE TO CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., 01/28/2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] has delivered the first major component of the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) system to the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). This initial spiral of the Combatant Commanders' Integrated C2 System (CCIC2S) lays the foundation of the first ever common, global space and strategic C2 architecture that will eventually tie together scores of systems for airspace surveillance, missile defense, and space controls.
The 15-year, $1.5 billion ISC2 modernization is integrating some 40 stovepipe systems under the CCIC2S architecture, an open, standards-based framework that allows for real-time data sharing across Joint systems, sensors and services. This delivery, known as the Air Mission Release 1 (AMR), is the first set of systems to be integrated under the CCIC2S architecture. Declared system of record on January 13, AMR keeps watch over the skies of North America, fusing data from Regional Air Operation Centers (AOCs) and Air Defense Sector sensors to create an integrated picture of the continent's airspace for USSTRATCOM, NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. AMR replaces the legacy Granite Sentry surveillance and warning system within Cheyenne Mountain, NORAD's headquarters.
The delivery of AMR is an enormous step forward in capability for Cheyenne Mountain, said John James, Lockheed Martin's vice president of Joint C2 and Communications Systems. We've replaced 40-year-old legacy hardware with a network-centric, modern system architecture that will consolidate air, missile and space data into a single common operational picture. For the first time ever, NORAD has a fully-integrated, real-time picture of North American airspace, and expanded interoperability with Joint forces worldwide to gather information or coordinate action.
AMR uses Global Command and Control System (GCCS) components and standards to create a common picture of air operations. That standardization not only ensures integration with Joint GCCS systems, it enables NORAD operators to easily interface with Joint forces through current C2 systems of record such as the GCCS-Army, GCCS-Maritime and Air Force's Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS). Future spirals of AMR will deploy the system architecture to additional operations centers worldwide, further enhancing integration among strategic and tactical forces.
The key to the ISC2 program is integration across a common architecture, which is why this first deployment of CCIC2S is so critical to the program, said James. Now that we have the framework in place, we'll bring additional systems and mission areas under the CCIC2S umbrella, creating a 'virtual command center' where operators can effortlessly reach across the full spectrum of the nation's space and strategic assets. That's the power of network-centric operations, and that's what we're delivering under ISC2.
With the first spiral of the integrated CCIC2S architecture in place, the ISC2 team is already working towards the next spiral delivery, the Missile Warning Release (MWR). MWR will expand CCIC2S to the nation's missile warning capability, giving NORAD a real-time picture of tactical and ballistic missile threats. The MWR delivery will also enable future integration with existing missile defense systems, enhancing the military's ability to identify and respond to missile threats. Future spirals will include CCIC2S integration of systems for space surveillance, satellite C2 and information operations.