National Capitol Region-Integrated Air Defense System (NCR-IADS)
An activity of NORAD, National Capitol Region-Integrated Air Defense System (NCR-IADS) protects the U.S. National Capital Region against air threats. At the direction of the President through SecDef, DOD conducts homeland air defense using defensive counterair operations, which are comprised of active and passive air and missile defense. Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) is the overall umbrella operation covering HD for North America and Hawaii. As the binational leading element of this operation, NORAD is tasked to support ONE by employing the forces and command and control necessary to protect North America from air attack.
The Air Force Joint Air Defense Operations Center Suite [AF JADOC] Suite is an integrated USAF connectivity center used in point defense of the National Capital Region. The Suite provides capability for tactical C2 execution for the Joint Task Force/Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JTF/JFACC) under the Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) mission as part of the National Capital Region-Integrated Air Defense System (NCR-IADS). It is currently fielded and operational. It was developed in response to an urgent need request for enhanced air defense of the NCR per SECDEF direction through a joint rapid acquisition cell. The architecture consists of an air surveillance fusion system and the C2 connectivity center, which includes a Link 16 capable terminal and Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL) capability.
Further, because terrorists and other adversaries consider an attack on the National Capital Region (NCR) a continuing goal, it requires focused defense and security measures. DOD employs an integrated air defense system as part of the around-the-clock, multilayered, joint military and interagency, effort. In addition, the Transportation Security Agency and other elements of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation, conduct significant aviation security efforts throughout the United States and in the NCR. Through the NCR Coordination Center (NCRCC), various agencies have improved situational awareness of the actions of their defense partners. Representatives from other state and local law enforcement agencies and the Joint Air Defense Operations Center also participate at the NCRCC when threats or circumstances warrant.
Because terrorists and other adversaries consider an attack on the NCR a continuing goal, it requires focused defense and security measures. DOD employs an integrated air defense system as part of the around-the-clock, multilayered, joint military and interagency effort. The NCR-IADS augments the ONE fighter defenses by providing "assets in-place" in a quick reaction posture to protect the seat of the US government, as well as other key locations in the NCR, from air attacks.
Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR) JFHQ-NCR plans, coordinates, maintains situational awareness, and as directed, employs forces for land and maritime HD in the National Capital Region (NCR) to safeguard the Nation's capital. NORAD provides air sovereignty protection to USNORTHCOM and JFHQ-NCR in the NCR through its aerospace and maritime warning and aerospace control missions and through the NCR integrated air defense system (NCR-IADS).
Increase in funds in FY2007 supported the integration of the National Capital Region's C2 systems into the National Capitol Region - Integrated Air Defense System (NCR-IADS) to provide the best possible protection for the civil and military organizations in the area. On June 5, 2007 Annapolis, Maryland-ARINC Engineering Services, LLC was awarded a follow-on contract valued at $59.4 million to continue supporting the National Capital Region's Integrated Air Defense System (NCR-IADS). ARINC's effort provides mission-critical network infrastructure sustainment support to North American Air Defense Headquarters, Continental NORAD region. "ARINC has been intimately involved in supporting the NCR-IADS mission since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001," stated Barry F. Schwoerer, ARINC Vice President, Advanced Aviation & Maritime Engineering. "NCR-IADS is a complex 'system of systems,' and the ARINC Team continues to work aggressively on a variety of fronts to sustain, evolve, and improve overall capabilities."
Work under the follow-on contract will be performed by ARINC's Coastal Systems Engineering Department, located in Panama City Beach, FL. According to Schwoerer, the company's depth of experience was a principal factor in obtaining the award. "ARINC's involvement beginning with the initial deployment, our understanding of the mission, and our systems engineering, integration, and communications competencies are what make ARINC the best choice to continue supporting this critical Homeland Defense mission," he added.
Subcontractors supporting ARINC on the NCR-IADS contract include Arnold Group, LLC, Chenega Integrated Systems, LLC, L3-Sonoma EO, Massachusetts Electric Construction, Mercury Solutions, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Ritter Architects, Trident Systems Incorporated, and Zel Technologies, LLC.
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