In today's evolving defense environment, systems that offer powerful new capabilities to assess, control and display critical information across the command spectrum are the key to getting information to those who need it. Key to the U.S. Air Force air & space superiority mission is the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) Program.
By integrating approximately 40 systems into a common, interoperable C2 information technology infrastructure, ISC2 gives commanders at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U. S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) the flexibility to handle growing mission responsibilities in the areas of air and missile warning and space command and control (C2).
The ISC2 modernization replaced the Air Force's collection of older, stand-alone systems, which functioned well individually, but were not seamlessly coordinated to give users comprehensive C2 capabilities and access to information.
ISC2 dramatically improved interoperability among air, missile and space defense systems, allowing information and data to be shared among those and other C2 systems.
By integrating mission critical networks between NORAD, USNORTHCOM, and USSTRATCOM, ISC2 provides geographically disparate commanders the ability to monitor and assess multi-mission threats concurrently. Through ISC2, commanders have enhanced capability that synchronizes their C2 operations and improved strategic and tactical coordination among forces. ISC2 pioneered the net-centric sharing of strategic missile warning information with unanticipated (future) users, without requiring architectural changes or deployment of new equipment.
Distributed Command Center
ISC2 is a “distributed command center,” available to authorized users world-wide. It provides warfighters at all echelons with a common operational picture of the global battlefield derived from shared, real-time data. This translates into faster response to enemy actions and improved strategic and tactical coordination among forces. The flexible ISC2 architecture allows for seamless relocation of command and control personnel between primary and alternate locations while ensuring mission integrity and continuity of operations.
The key to the ISC2 program is integration across a common architecture. The ISC2 architecture is “open” and draws upon the best of commercial technologies to enable continuous technology insertion, which allows users to stay current with ongoing commercial advances in areas such as web-based and e-systems, data display and desktops.
The architectural backbone of ISC2 is the Combatant Commander Integrated Command and Control System (CCIC2S). CCIC2S is an enterprise-wide architecture, uniquely positioned to meet the mission needs in air defense, space control, space surveillance, missile warning, and other critical national efforts such as information operations and homeland defense.
The open system architecture allows interoperability across existing legacy command and control systems as well as well as future systems which can be readily incorporated. This interoperability enables a common operational picture and the achievement of global integration of information systems. Data updates, regardless of their source, can be fused and made available to authorized users worldwide.