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Tactical Information Broadcast System (TIBS)

Primary Purpose The primary function of TIBS is to provide

near-realtime tactical information to the battle

commanders for targeting, battle management, and

situational awareness. After the intelligence

information is collected and processed, TIBS

supports the rapid, global dissemination of the

battle situation to the warfighter at all levels

of command in a common, readily understood

format, and in sufficient time to react to the


The TIBS network of continuous, secure broadcast

of data among producers and subscribers provides

a near-realtime, multi-sensor, multi-source

situational awareness and threat warning

information broadcast to the warfighter.

Sub-Functions The Tactical Information Broadcast Service (TIBS)

network disseminates theater area information

with tracking accuracy. TIBS is being integrated

into the Integrated Broadcast Service.

Equipment Requirements TIBS is a theater UHF LOS or

satellite-interactive network. The TIBS can

support up to 10 producers, 50 query nodes, and

an unlimited number of receive-only users. The

TIBS operates at the SECRET collateral level.

Connectivity Requirements The TIBS network is connected through a common

UHF channel selected from a range of 225-400 MHz

using SATCOM or LOS communication system. It can

support a variable number of active data

producers and subscribers, as well as an

unlimited number of receive-only terminals. A

TIBS node can either be a Network Master,

Alternate Master, Network Manager, Remote User,

or Receive-only User. In order to receive TIBS

information, a TIBS node requires a satellite

communications receiver and/or transmitter, a

message processor, and a graphics display. The

network uses dynamic time division multiple

access (DTDMA) protocol in near-realtime updates.

Crypto Requirements

Normal Locations Air Force TIBS terminals are typically deployed

as part of a C2 unit or at the Air Operations

Center (AOC) level, and is a theater asset used

by the Rivet Joint sensor.

Information Managed

Products Created

Lead Service/Contractor USAF.

Current Fielding Status

Known Problems

DIICOE Compliance Rating

Point of Contact Mike LaPointe, (703) 325-6422

Updated by Capt Mark Tobin, USMC, CCSC-01


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