Constant Source provides graphical display of secret level multi-source Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) threat data. Tactical users including wing and air intelligence squadrons - currently over 130 ground systems are deployed. Source information arrives from the Navy's Tactical Receive Equipment and Related Applications (TRAP) and the Tactical Data Information Exchange System - Broadcast (TADIX-B) including data from national systems.
The CONSTANT SOURCE program was established as part of the Air Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) normalization effort. Recently, the Constant Source Operator Terminal (CSOT) functionality was transformed into the Combat Intelligence System (CIS). The Combat Intelligence Systems (CIS) Program is a combination of four related systems: Intelligence Correlation Module (ICM), Sentinel Byte, Constant Source, and Rapid Application of Air Power (RAAP).
The Constant Source Operator Terminal processes the near-real- time threat information utilized by combat units/aircrews for mission planning and execution. The radio project in this program enables the warfighter to access critical data provided by national and tactical intelligence sources.
Air Force is jointly developing and procuring an airborne qualified radio called Multi-mission Advanced Tactical Terminal (MATT) with US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Defense Support Program Office (DSPO), and the Navy.
Dennis K Haynes final duty before retirement (1988) was Chief of Air Force TENCAP - working Navy TENCAP (then OP-943E) and NOSC/NRaD/SPAWAR on efforts focused at getting time critical intelligence to the deployed warfighters. Known as the "Father of Constant Source" and the TRAP Broadcast system. Upon retirment, he worked as contractor, focusing on the development, testing and implementation of new/innovative concepts, techniques, systems and/or processes to enhance warfighter BMC4I. For example, devised, coordinated, tested and implemented the Air Defnse Systems Integrator (ADSI) concept and subsequent operational capability/system within USAF and USA Theater Air and Missile Defense (TAMD)combat echelons. System and procedures successfully employedin Desert Storm, providing launch warning and cueing Patriot systems against Scud missile launches. Also, subsequent to Desert Storm, developed the concept and built-out the Space Training Facility (now known as the Aerospace Integration Center)within the RED FLAG Building at Nellis AFB, NV. Objective was/is to provide the warfighter with the capacity to interact daily with multi-source C4ISR collection platforms and their products. US Navy and Marine Corp assets, deployed to Nellis to participate in "Flag" exercises also used the faciltiy.
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