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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