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Defense Industry Daily July 16, 2009

General Dynamics to Support USAF Air Defense Communications Service 2

General Dynamics Information Technology received a contract (HC1013-09-D-2000) from the Defense Information Technology Contracting Office to provide support for the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Communications Service 2 (ADCS2) program. The contract covers 1 base year with 4 option years and has a total potential value of $67.7 million if all options are exercised.

General Dynamics will provide operations and maintenance support for the Air Operations Center (AOC) located at Elmendorf Air Force Base (AFB) in Anchorage, AK, and 3 Battle Control Centers in Rome, NY; Panama City, FL; and Tacoma, WA; and program management and engineering services for associated facilities worldwide.

The company will manage the Battle Control Centers’ communications systems, which are required to support the air sovereignty mission of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the U.S. and Canadian organization charged with aerospace early warning and aerospace control for North America.

DID has more on the ADCS2 program…

The ADCS2 program supports the mission of maintaining command and control of airspace defense, air sovereignty and supporting homeland defense/security and law enforcement efforts in counter-narcoterrorism for the United States, Canada and their respective states, territories and provinces, to include those in the Pacific and Caribbean.

According to Globalsecurity.org, the Air Force’s AN/USQ-163 Falconer AOC is the command-and-control center that plans, executes and assesses aerospace operations during a contingency or conflict. A Combined Air Operations Center, or CAOC, is an AOC that supports joint, allied and coalition warfare.

Correction notice: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that General Dynamics would be managing NORAD’s communications systems under this contract. In fact, General Dynamics will not directly support NORAD.

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