Air Force, Army forecasts new weather system

The Air Force and Army plan to replace legacy weather systems with an integrated system under the Joint Environmental Toolkit program.

Raytheon Co. of Waltham, Mass., won a contract that could be worth as much as $71 million over 54 months for the second phase of the program. The initial contract value is $9.3 million.

The objective of the Joint Environmental Toolkit acquisition is to replace legacy weather systems with a single, integrated capability that provides tailored weather products to users, ties into command and control systems and implements the architecture for the Air Force Weather Weapon System.

The program is intended to meet Air Force and Army needs for weather forecast generation, meteorological watch and observation management. The program also is crucial to the construction of a network-centric environment that supports warfighting missions, Raytheon said.

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Name change for command program reflects net-centricity

The Defense Department's Joint Command and Control program has been renamed the Net-Enabled Command Capability and will move to its next phase, technology development.

The name change was done to prevent confusion with joint command and control, a well-known concept promoted across DOD, as well as the former name of the Defense Information Systems Agency's acquisition program.

DOD said the new name also reflects a global, net-centric approach of the program.
Air Force Brig. Gen. David Warner, director of command and control programs at DISA, said NECC would now proceed to the technology development phase.

'NECC will vastly enhance command and control capabilities for the warfighter, providing the ability to rapidly adapt to changing mission needs and allowing for net-centric collaboration among the joint community,' Warner said in a release.
NECC, one of DISA's major transformational initiatives, will eventually replace the Global Command and Control Systems as the main joint battlefield C2 system.

-Dawn. S. Onley


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