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April 19, 2017

USAF upgrades Unit Command and Control system to improve crisis response

The US Air Force (USAF) is upgrading the Unit Command and Control (UC2) system, a move that could improve crisis response.

The US Air Force (USAF) is upgrading the Unit Command and Control (UC2) system, a move that could improve crisis response.

An upgraded UC2 system will provide commanders with access to information about their assets during exercises and real-world events.

Commanders will be aware of relevant checklists and updated lists, as well as locations for transportation assets, aircraft and firefighting units.

UC2 programme manager captain Kurt Carlson said: “It is a mandated requirement that all bases use this system.

“CAF forces are most likely to provide forces directly to combatant commanders. Tracking what you can provide, and when you can provide it, is critical.”

The UC2 is currently in service at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, as well as Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Moody AFB, Georgia, and Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.

"Tracking what you can provide, and when you can provide it, is critical."

Three more Air Combat Command and two non-ACC bases will receive UC2 over the next three months.

The system operates on both non-classified internet protocol router (NIPR) and secure internet protocol router (SIPR) networks, therefore allowing classified information to be stored separately and securely.

Command post airmen are responsible for maintaining the system and loading updated logistics numbers.

A team led by Carlson will work alongside Leidos to integrate feedback from user installations into the programme.


Image: Unit Command and Control systems are an integral part of informing commanders the units being prepared for deployment. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo by airman Jeremy D Wolff/Released.

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