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Global Combat Support System - Air Force (GCSS-AF)

Primary Purpose GCSS-AF is a program that focuses on meeting the

system integration efforts mandated by Congress

and desired by military commanders. This program

is exclusively for the Air Force combat support

domain. It places standards, technologies, and a

common system architecture called the GCSS-AF

Integration Framework. The program also guides

the migration of combat support system

functionality into the new architecture. GCSS-AF

will provide the warfighter and supporting

elements with timely, accurate, and trusted Agile

Combat Support information, with the appropriate

level of security, needed for the Expeditionary

Aerospace Force to execute the Air Force mission

throughout the full spectrum of military


Sub-Functions None.

Equipment Requirements Hardware will be part of the architecture. A

better concept of hardware requirements will

become available as the concept of operations

emerges and the performance engineering is


Connectivity Requirements DISN, intra-base connectivity.

Crypto Requirements End to end crypto: Native Database Encryption

(Oracle ANO).

Normal Locations Normal Locations: GCSS-AF will incrementally

modernize the software portion of selected

standard base-level automated information systems

to reside on a common operating environment. It

will support users at all Air Force active duty,

Reserve, and Guard sites worldwide.

Information Managed GCSS-AF is tasked to upgrade existing software

applications to provide Air Force decision makers

critical, concise, timely, accurate, economical,

and relevant information on a wide range of

functional areas. GCSS-AF is an evolutionary,

incremental development covering numerous support

applications spread across 13 functional areas

such as maintenance, supply, and transportation.

Products Created There are 640 Automated information systems that

have been identified for potential integration

into the GCSS architecture framework.

Lead Service/Contractor Lockheed Martin Federal Systems is the GCSS-AF

prime contractor. HQ SSG/DII is the task order

manager of the Core Task Order. AF PEO /C2 and

combat support has execution responsibility of

the GCSS AF Program.

Current Fielding Status GCSS-AF is fielded now. Lockheed Martin has

delivered the GCSS-AF Architecture Framework and

first versions of the GCSS-AF Integration

Framework. Many systems are migrating to the

GCSS-AF Architecture Framework, and the first

integration of a Mission Application with the

GCSS-AF Integration Framework is expected in

FY2001. Further, the GCSS-AF Distributed Development Environment is in place now; this environment allows developers to use the GCSS-AF common services and test integration.

Known Problems None at this time--still under development.

DIICOE Compliance Rating Level 5 while under testing, level 8 when


Point of Contact Program Manager: LtCol Zenishek, USAF,

DSN 425-5083

Updated by Capt Bob Landis, USAF, CCSC-01


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