By Amy WalkerMay 3, 2011
In order to facilitate the migration of the Air and Missile Defense community to a single, common Command and Control (C2) user interface, the Army Acquisition Executive directed Program Director Counter-Rockets, Artillery and Mortar (PD C-RAM) to transition from Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) to PEO Missiles and Space.
The transfer was officially complete on April 10; however, some actions will hold over through the rest of the fiscal year. Although PD C-RAM has been reassigned to another office, the capabilities fostered under the leadership of PEO C3T will continue to protect and support the Warfighter well into the future.
The transition of PD C-RAM to its new home has been a successful one, with no impact on current and on-going theater and other support operations. Additionally, the organization will remain closely connected to PEO C3T activities, since it is aligned with other critical command and control systems.
PD C-RAM is responsible for the overall management of activities related to the research, development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of automated Air and Missile Defense (AMD) C2 systems, including Forward Area Air Defense (FAAD) C2, and AMD Planning and Control Systems (AMDPCS).
FAAD C2 integrates and provides C2 for short range air defense sensors and shooters. It enhances the ability of Commanders, staff and weapon system operators to visualize the battle space, be aware of the developing tactical situations and synchronize operations with the supported force.
AMDPCS integrates computers, communications and sheltered systems to provide all Army echelons with AMD planning and situational awareness. It also supplies C2 of attached air defense elements, as well as airspace management and deconfliction capability.
PD C-RAM also serves as the lead systems integrator for emerging C-RAM and Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) System-of-Systems.
The C-RAM System of System (SoS) integrates interceptors, sensors, warning devices, and C2 systems to provide area protection from Indirect Fires (IDF). C-RAM SoS capability is currently fielded at 16 Sense, Warn, and Respond (SWR) Forward Operating Bases (FOBs), three of which include the Intercept capability. The cost-effective practice of utilizing pre-existing Department of Defense systems allows PD C-RAM to reduce the burden on the taxpayer, while increasing efficiencies for the Army.
Amy Walker is a staff writer for Symbolic Systems, Inc. supporting the Army's Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T)