AFA NEWS: Military Missile Warning System Subsequent on Area Pressure Consolidation Listing
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — After taking management of all the Protection Division’s satellite tv for pc communication features earlier this 12 months, the Area Pressure is constant to search for methods to consolidate extra techniques into its portfolio of capabilities.
The Military’s satellite tv for pc communications mission was formally transferred to the Area Pressure in August, following the switch of the Navy’s Satellite tv for pc Operations Heart in June. This marks the primary time all Protection Division navy satellite tv for pc communication features have been consolidated beneath a single service, a Area Pressure launch mentioned.
Having all of those missions beneath one service has had a serious impression on the Area Pressure, mentioned Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Schiess, vice commander of Area Operations Command.
“The entire satcom structure is inside one Delta commander at one subject command,” Schiess mentioned throughout a panel dialogue on the Air and Area Forces Affiliation’s annual Air, Area and Cyber occasion in Nationwide Harbor, Maryland, on Sept. 19.
“We’re discovering synergies already — and having the ability to take folks off of 1 community and put them on one other; that previously might have occurred, however was a lot more durable to do. So, an unimaginable raise over the past 12 months.”
Along with these satellite tv for pc communication capabilities, the Area Pressure can be “in talks” with the Military to take management of the joint tactical floor station, or JTAGS, mission “over the subsequent 12 months,” Schiess mentioned.
The stations “obtain, course of and disseminate direct down-linked infrared information from overhead sensors” to “present commanders with real-time warning, alerting and queing data on ballistic missile launches,” in accordance with the Military’s Acquisition Help Heart web site.
The switch would carry all space-based missile warning techniques for all the theater combatant commanders into one service, Schiess mentioned.
Whereas the switch of JTAGS to the Area Pressure will not be official but, Schiess famous the connection between the 2 providers is robust after their current collaboration on the switch of the Military’s satellite tv for pc communication features.
“We’re on the very starting levels of [JTAGS], however I do know that our partnership with the Military was nice for the satcom, [and] I do know that it is going to be nice … for the JTAGS as effectively,” he mentioned.
Subjects: Area, Area Operations, Missile Protection