Air Force working to connect sensors

SALT LAKE CITY'In June, the Air Force will roll out a prototype enterprise architecture for its Command and Control Constellation that will set mid- and near-term goals for how the service plans to connect land, platform and space-based sensors and use common standards to relay information.

Jim Thilenius, deputy chief architect in the Air Force Chief Architect Office, said the C2 Constellation will be one of many Air Force enterprise architectures, operating under the same framework and governance strategy, that support core business processes.

A group of Air Force Domain Councils is coordinating the architectures across the agency to develop the governance strategy. The domain owners are governed by the Enterprise Architecture Integration Council, an executive level oversight board headed up by John Gilligan, the Air Force CIO.

Thilenius spoke yesterday at the 15th annual Software Technology Conference.

"The Air Force enterprise architecture is not one architecture but the body of Air Force architectures across the organization," Thilenius said. "They are comparable, and information in them is reusable."

Each architecture is aimed at reducing the Air Force's total cost of ownership of IT and will be integrated with other architectures and with the joint Defense Department enterprise architecture, Thilenius said. The C2 Constellation architecture will "shape the acquisition of future [C2] capability," he added.

The biggest push of the C2 architecture will be to better manage systems through common standards and communications protocols, Thilenius said.

"Where we need to go is a controlled set of tools," he said.

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