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Automated Communications Management System (ACMS) (U)

Overview (U):

(U) ACMS is an integrated toolset for Milstar communications planning. It is implemented as a suite of software applications that reside on Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) hardware. ACMS works in conjunction with other ground support systems to provide consistent configuration data for the Milstar satellite payloads and the Milstar ground terminals. ACMS supports a distributed planning process and will be used by planners at all echelons, with ACMS-to-ACMS communications supporting planning consistency throughout the planning process. ACMS is being implemented in two "builds", each consisting of several "increments." Build 1 addresses the Milstar EHF planning problem. Build 2 adds capabilities for UHF Follow-on/EHF planning, enhanced Milstar EHF planning capabilities, and Milstar UHF planning. The Build 1 development timeframe is June 1998 (increment 2) and March 1999 (complete Build 1). The Build 2 timeframe is January 2000 (increment 1), January 2001 (increment 2) and January 2002 (complete Build 2).

Description (U):

(U) ACMS supports the Milstar (and eventually other MILSATCOM) planners by providing a set of automated and semi-automated tools in an integrated application environment. The major tool functions include:

- Reference Data Management
- User Requirements Management
- Satellite Constellation and Payload Configuration Planning
- Satellite Resource Apportionment Planning
- Satellite Resource Allocation Planning
- Crypto Planning
- Terminal Database ("Image") Generation
- Payload Database ("Tables") Generation
- Communication Asset Monitoring
- Communication Performance Trending and Analysis
- Communication Control (Terminal Control)
- Antenna Pointing Control (Terminal Control)

(U) The ACMS implements a windows-based interface for easy operator interaction. The planning functions are implemented using an object based model, where identifiable planning objects (e.g., terminals, satellites, communication requirements) are grouped into "workspaces" for easy access and reference. In addition, the ACMS ensures a consistent and complete set of planning data by enforcing the Milstar planning rules as constraints during the planning process. This design will allow any network manager assigned to the S-3 staff to plan and manage Milstar communication services with minimal training.

User Impact (U):

(U) To be supplied.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Programmed.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U):
Advanced EHFAdvanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF)
Fleet EHF Package (FEP)Fleet EHF Package (FEP)
Milstar IMilstar I
Milstar IIMilstar II
UHF Follow-on (UFO)Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-on (UFO)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
EHF Ground Segment TerminalsExtremely High Frequency (EHF) Ground Segment Terminals
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

(U) None.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Maj Steven Cliatt, SMC, Open Phone: (310) 336-4475.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 01 February 1997

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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