Mission planning, re-planning and tasking for cruise missiles, jet fighters and other airborne platforms will be faster and easier with a modernized battle control system.
plan, organize and direct joint U.S. air
operations. ATOMS includes an updat-
ed command and control air opera-
tions suite that will allow warfighters
to perform mission planning and re-
planning quickly and efficiently and
will completely replace three existing
applications within TBMCS: the The-
ater Air Planner, the Execution Man-
agement Re-Planner and the Master
Attack Planning Toolkit. “When push
comes to shove, TBMCS is the most
important software in the air opera-
tions center right now. It runs the air
operations center. We’re updating all of
the TBMCS source code, and ATOMS
is the core piece of that,” explains Capt. Scott Gross, USAF,
ATOMS program manager, Electronic Systems Center, Hans-
com Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
The ATOMS upgrade is solely software-focused, relying
largely on commercial off-the-shelf technology. The Air Force
opted, for example, to upgrade the system’s mapping capabili-
ties with commercial mapping applications such as FalconView.
“Our focus is on re-use of what’s already out there and saving
money instead of trying to bring specific capabilities into the air
operations center, like our own map,” Capt. Gross states.
Enhancements include an open, modular and multilayered
architecture that dramatically will reduce the lines of code
and reduce costs. The improved architecture will allow for
plug-and-play applications that are easily upgraded and can be
replaced by any vendor. ATOMS also features a more modern
graphic user interface, pull-down menus and drag-and-drop
capabilities that warfighters have become accustomed to on
their home computers. The more user-friendly interface will
allow military officials to work more quickly and efficiently.
Capt. Gross compares the enhancements to a major
upgrade in desktop computers, saying the current TBMCS
is like a DOS computer, while ATOMS is comparable to
Microsoft Windows. “It’s time to bring more capability to the
warfighters so that they’re able to move faster and be more
productive with a more updated system. It will improve the
warfighters’ capability to react to whatever the situation is,
whether it’s in the Asia Pacific or Iraq, or whatever area of
operations they’re working in,” Capt. Gross says.
The Air Tasking Order Management System will allow commanders to plan, organize
and direct joint U.S. air operations for B- 2 bombers and other airborne platforms.
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