WASHINGTON (AFNS) —
The Department of the Air Force’s Advanced Combat Management System program awarded Science Applications International Corp. a $112 million contract as the ABMS cloud-based command and control, or CBC2, software integrator for ABMS’ indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.
SAIC provides agile DevSecOps and portfolio and product management for a suite of microservices applications and digital engineering tools for tactical C2 execution chains. North American Aerospace Defense Command, United States Northern Command And Pacific Air Forces Operations Command will be the first to receive the new capability.
“CBC2 represents a leap forward in the rapid integration and continuous delivery of new combat management software tools into the hands of NORAD and USNORTHCOM as well as PACAF warfighters. The program is using modern, agile software methods to revolutionize how the DAF handles combat management in the future,” he said. Brigadier General Luke Cropsey, DAF command, control, communication and combat management program executive. “ABMS will continue to partner with defense contractors, commercial companies and cloud service providers to leverage the best technology for cloud computing, data analytics and communications.”
CBC2 is a suite of microservices applications being developed with direct warfighter feedback that leverage Platform One DevSecOps tools and Cloud One computing environments. The system currently ingests over 750 radar feeds and integrates them into a single user interface. The system then allows operators to create machine-generated courses of action to help shorten the tactical C2 kill chain and send desired results through machine-to-machine communications.
“Deploying CBC2 will help transform how we share information across the force,” he said. General Glenn D. VanHerk, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Commander. “This capability will help speed the flow of information from sensor to decision maker and unlock the information available to our senior leaders to assess any situation and take action before the next move of a competitor or potential adversary.”
CBC2 was programmed in May 2022 and will replace the older Battle Control System-Fixed weapon system. It is being developed in accordance with the practical concepts, expanding and expanding the issues for future use.
CBC2 is a bilateral program with Canada and is being co-produced by international agreement. CBC2 contributes to DAF decision dominance; Department of Defense and coalition partners by the end of fiscal year 2023 replacing Tactical C2 with operational supplies.