Air Force begins work on next-generation C2 networks

The Air Force has chosen Lockheed Martin Corp. to develop an architecture for its next-generation global command and control network.

The Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., awarded the three-year, $50 million contract to come up with the plan for upgrading the Command and Control Constellation, the agency's global network of systems.

Lockheed Martin will determine common standards and rules to let disparate land, air and space systems exchange command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.

The new architecture will integrate existing systems while ensuring that future nodes in the C2 Constellation are interoperable as well, said Lorraine Martin, vice president of theater C2 systems for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems.

The company's subcontractors include Boeing Co., IBM Corp., L3 Communications Corp. of New York and Raytheon Co.

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