U.S. Air Force
The network that directs
U.S. Air Force officials are upgrading the battle command system used for managing all airborne platforms, including fighters, bombers, tankers, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and cruise missiles. The modernized system will provide
flying operations for all
airborne assets is receiving
a modern-day makeover.
warfighters with faster access to real-time operations and
intelligence information, better planning and collabora-
tion tools and enhanced situational awareness while dra-
matically reducing sustainment costs.
The Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS),
which resides within an air operations center, first was field-
ed about 13 years ago after a five-year development effort.
Technologically speaking, a lot has changed since then. The
system now is being made over with modern components,
improved network centricity and better graphic user inter-
face features that will make the upgraded version faster,
easier and less expensive to operate than the original. The
upgrade should be completed by March 2015.
At the heart of the overhaul lies the Air Tasking Order Man-
agement System (ATOMS), which will allow commanders to
BY GEORGE I. SEFFERS
The Theater Battle Management Core System, which controls all airborne assets, including fighters such as the F- 35, is rooted in 18-year-old technology and is being updated to improve warfighter capabilities.