Magazine article National Defense

Defense Department

Magazine article National Defense

Defense Department

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Air Force Works to Fortify Interoperability, Assist Japan

The U.S. Air Force has created the defense information infrastructure-Air Force, which is one of Electronic Systems Center's newest program offices at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

"Air Force leaders decided that the way we were acquiring and operating command and control systems had to change," said Matt Mleziva, director of the new program office. "We couldn't afford to continue acquiring and managing hundreds of separate systems.

"We were designing those systems against requirements based on previous experience and contingencies such as the Cold War. But we were using those systems in ways the people who wrote the requirements never envisioned."

Mleziva added that the Air Force leadership "said we have to design what amounts to an integrated command and control system that can work with our service and coalition partners. The way to do that is to have a common infrastructure and then build application programs that work with that common system."

Electronics Systems Center supports the concept that there is a common infrastructure with applications specific to major commands or to a particular functional area such as the personnel, logistics, or medical arenas. The new defense information infrastructure is responsible for this concept.

In other events at Hanscom Air Force Base, two 767 airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) recently underwent final preparations for their turnover to the Japan Air Self Defense Force in March. …

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