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									                      129th NGAUS GENERAL CONFERENCE

                   RESOLUTION NO. C-11 – AUGUST 25th, 2007

  RELATING TO THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BATTLE CONTROL SYSTEM
                               (BCS)
 BCS-FIXED (BCS-F) FOR THE NORAD R/SAOC MODERNIZATION PROGRAM
    BCS-MOBILE (BCS-M) FOR THE DEPLOYABLE THEATER AIR CONTROL
                            SYSTEM (TACS)

Background:
The four U.S. Region/Sector Air Operations Center (R/SAOC) sites are the operational heart
of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) system for homeland air
defense, integrating networked Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) radars
into the air sovereignty mosaic. These R/SAOC sites are the battle management and
command and control (C2) hubs for all Air National Guard (ANG)-managed and expanded
post- 9/11 radar coverage of interior portions of the nation for Homeland Security (HLS).

Concurrently, the AF and ANG Theater Air Control System (TACS) provide the rapidly
deployable C2 capability for worldwide Theater Commanders for air and Theater Missile
Defense (TMD) and execution of the Air Tasking Order (ATO). These Air Control
Squadrons (ACSs) are deployed throughout the globe, sharing the Common Operational
Picture (COP) among Coalition forces for Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and
Noble Eagle.

Air Force acquisition strategy in the early 2000s bundled modernization of R/SAOC and the
TACS into the BCS “family of systems” (FOS), wherein common software, communications
and data links (JTIDS), and human-machine interfaces (HMI) are being leveraged to provide
network centric operations, maximizing C2 capabilities for NORAD, and Theater
contingencies.

In that “family of systems” vein, the Air Force awarded a BCS-Fixed, Spiral 1 and 2,
contract in April 2003, to modernize the R/SAOC centers in NY, WA, AK and HI, and the
test site in FL. While BCS-Fixed met a Summer 2006 Initial Operational Capability (IOC),
and a December 2005 Spiral 3 contract adds more “objective” system requirements, other
Full Operational Capability (FOC) needs remain unfunded,               including full ATO
implementation, enhanced HMI, tailoring BCS for National Capitol Region (NCR) defense,
and transitioning software for future Spirals, and the BCS-Mobile system.

Simultaneously, the BCS-Mobile modernization program to upgrade the aging TACS, by
leveraging BCS-F architectural developments, continues to face AF funding limitations that
jeopardize required fielding, especially by USCENTAF for OIF, in the FY08 timeframe.

Recommendation:
The National Guard Association of the United States recommends that the National Guard
Bureau, the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, and the Congress of the
United States support additional Battle Control System (BCS) funding to accelerate
modernization of both the NORAD air defenses for Homeland Security (HLS) and the
worldwide deployable Theater Air Control System (TACS).

								
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