Evolving Multi-Domain Missile Defense:
Increasing C2BMC Capability
Truly integrated missile defense can never be static.
As threats advance, so must the centerpiece of the U.S. Missile Defense System.
That centerpiece, the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system connects all elements of the United States’ missile defense system, across regions, theaters and national commands into a single network. This global network saves time and lives through coordinated planning in a layered environment.
Capabilities are delivered as they are developed, with testing and development occurring concurrently, often for multiple spirals, while never interrupting the mission
Since 2002, a United States-based, multi-industry team led by Lockheed Martin has incrementally increased the overall capability of C2BMC through an agile development process. This process continually integrates new capabilities into C2BMC while simultaneously supporting its demanding global mission.
Partnering with the Missile Defense Agency, the team has created a flexible and adaptable development pipeline that quickly and efficiently shifts priorities based on current mission needs.
Over the past 18 years, enhancements to C2BMC have:
- MODERNIZED the system’s global foundation into an open, flexible architecture that eases the integration of new capabilities and increases system reliability
- REDUCED C2BMC’s overall hardware footprint, decreasing operations and maintenance costs and reducing total system life cycle costs for the MDA
- PROVIDED increased capacity to handle larger and more complicated threats by enhancing C2BMC’s sophisticated track processing, sensor and battle management algorithms to optimize how C2BMC processes data from all the MDS elements
- EXTENDED the effective range of Aegis with an engage on remote capability that enables the Aegis Weapon System to engage threats based on information provided entirely from C2BMC remote sensor and track data
- DEVELOPED a training system that allows Combatant Commands to train, test and rehearse mission scenarios while the system is in an operational state or “on alert”
- IMPROVED sensor to shooter capabilities to allow better debris mitigation, boost phase cueing and improved situational awareness for users
- DEPLOYED C2BMC to more than 30 locations around the world, including the U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Strategic Command
- IMPROVED allied integration of systems and information flow in all theaters
Currently being integrated into C2BMC through three concurrent program upgrades are the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, the Air Force’s BMD Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Architecture and the Space Domain Awareness capability. This underscores C2BMC’s ability to keep pace with evolving mission needs, while remaining the connection point for future technologies such as hypersonics, autonomy and directed energy.
C2BMC upgrades have entailed everything from integrating new missile defense sensors and systems into the Missile Defense System to increasing the interaction fidelity of current elements. And we continue to invest in the future to ensure C2BMC (and the Missile Defense System) keeps pace with evolving threats.