Integrated Missile Defense: the C2BMC Advantage

It’s 2 a.m. in a remote conflict zone. Suddenly, alerts pierce the night’s quiet. Satellites detect a ballistic missile fired toward U.S. interests. With no time to spare, a highly sophisticated system analyzes available data, determines the best course of action and distributes information to a network of forces around the world. The threat is quickly neutralized, protecting our military and our allies from harm.

While this may sound like a plot in the summer’s hottest blockbuster, it is a real-life drama that has played out in locations worldwide. And that sophisticated system – the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system – is the only system capable of integrating the disparate components of the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) to provide commanders with a common view of threats around the globe.

This C2BMC system ties together elements of the MDA, Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as allies and coalition partners into a responsive, integrated global network. And by linking together these traditionally autonomous BMDS elements, C2BMC creates a global network capable of intercepting and destroying missiles during any phase of flight.

One Team, One Mission

“C2BMC is a critical element of nearly every MDA flight, ground and operational test executed since 2004,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin. “In partnership with the MDA, we are leading a highly skilled team to ensure that America’s missile defense backbone always remains one step ahead of our adversaries.”

As threats become more sophisticated, the best and the brightest missile defense engineers continue to refine the C2BMC system on a spiral development schedule, continually delivering increased speed, accuracy and usability. With this type of agile development process, software developers can make iterative changes without disrupting operations. Future capabilities include an expanded sensor network, more complex fusion and discrimination algorithms, and advancements in human-machine teaming. 

Global System, Global Reach

C2BMC correlates data from space-based, terrestrial and sea sensors, and creates a common picture of potential or current threats around the world. Integrating the best target or missile track data from each element, C2BMC enables warfighters to expand their defended area with greater confidence. This allows the central command structure to make coordinated decisions about the most effective way to intercept ballistic missile threats at any range, in any phase of flight, and at any time.

The rapid, synchronized C2BMC approach to information sharing enables warfighters from every branch of the U.S. armed services to utilize a layered array of missile defense capabilities, including U.S. Strategic, Northern, European, Pacific, and Central Commands.

“C2BMC is the cornerstone of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System and is helping to keep our nation, our allies and coalition partners safe from ballistic missile threats,” said Smith. “No other missile defense system has its breadth of capability and history of success.”  

Rob Smith
Rob Smith
Vice President of C4ISR, Lockheed Martin

Rob leads a comprehensive portfolio of more than 100 programs that provide C4ISR services and capabilities for all branches of the U.S. military, multiple national agencies and numerous international customers.

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