Major programs within USCG

Integrated Deepwater System Program. Through Deepwater, the Coast Guard will replace 93 cutters and 206 aircraft over the next 15 to 20 years. Under an $11 billion contract, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. update antiquated computers and control systems in the fleet. Information systems in cutters and aircraft will undergo upgrades while new vessels and airplanes are under construction.

Law Enforcement Information System II. This system gives Guard users access to databases containing criminal information, including the FBI's National Crime Information Center, the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, the Coast Guard's El Paso Intelligence Center database of suspect vessels and Lloyds of London's insurance information. Fielded at 500 sites for about 5,000 users, LEIS II is run by Titan Systems Corp. of San Diego (which is being acquired by Lockheed Martin). The WAN that links users via Inmarsat satellite communications, asynchronous dial-up links and e-mail.

Ports and Waterways Safety System. Through PAWSS, the Guard plans to provide new vessel traffic services to monitor and report on activities in U.S. waters. The VTS system will collect, process and disseminate information about navigation conditions and vessel traffic for major U.S. ports and waterways. The system will monitor and assess vessel movements, exchanging information on vessel movements with Guard staff onshore and at sea. It will also issue advisories to ship and boat captains.

Rescue 21. Commonly referred to as the Coast Guard's maritime 911 service, Rescue 21 is the command and control structure that supports search-and-rescue missions. The Guard began developing the system in 1998, working with contractor General Dynamics Corp. under a 19-year, $611 million contract. Vessels run a Rescue 21 communications system that links to shore-based systems for search-and-rescue analyses.

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