(U) Transition is a separate Air Force TENCAP functional element which provides transition planning assistance for each TENCAP Project TEAM (TPT). TENCAP Transition provides transition assessments and planning, from project concept through demonstration support, formal engineering, transition to acquisition channels, or to MAJCOM for implementation. Transition also provides analysis to ensure supportability, maintainability, and compatibility for fielded systems. Several AF TENCAP projects are in transition including: PRIME VIEW, FOCUS COMM, SPANG and Special Operations Forces Tactical Data Processor (SOF-TDP).
(U) PRIME VIEW assessed the utility of primary imagery, made available directly to an Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) unit through a Very Small Aperture Technology (VSAT) terminal, to satisfy unit-level mission requirements. In Feb 98, AFSOC deployed the PRIME VIEW imagery exploitation equipment to a forward operating location to support CSOTF-SWA. Originally designed for use in garrison, the system used archived imagery brought in on tape instead of live satellite links. According to the deployed unit commander, the PRIME VIEW equipment effectively satisfied 75-85% of AFSOC's deployed imagery exploitation requirements. Currently, the PRIME VIEW equipment is being redeployed from SWA due to a drawdown of deployed AFSOC personnel.
(U) SOF-TDP provides a Common Object Framework for AFSOC flying units. The framework allows for collaborative mission planning by various squadrons across multiple platforms (e.g., Windows, UNIX) and access to all-source data. AFSOC's 18th Test Squadron will do an operational assessment of SOF-TDP early this fall.
(U) SPANG provides the ability to receive, process, and analyze National system information, specifically Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), directly to the 52nd Fighter Wing (52FW) based at Spangdahlem, Germany. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the value of wing-level receipt of pulse-level ELINT in support of the Block 50 F-16 HARM Targeting System (HTS).
(U) FOCUS COMM was an FY96 and 97 development and demonstration of a S-band conformal phased array antenna capable of 128Kbps receive and 64Kbps transmit through NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). TDRSS has world wide availability and excess capacity. The project completed 3 flights at Green Flag in late April 98. Additionally, the aircraft flew five times out of Nellis AFB, NV in support of the Joint Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (JSEAD) LIVEX after the GREEN FLAG flights. The antenna performed flawlessly and achieved 64Kbps transmit rates, twice the expected rate. Imagery, voice files, intelligence information and even software updates were sent to and from the aircraft with no data loss. A potential OCONUS demonstration is being considered for the summer of 98.
(U) See Description.
|Talon VISION||Talon VISION|
|Talon WARRIOR||Talon WARRIOR (Direct Space Integration-DSI)|
|Talon COMMAND||Talon COMMAND|
|Talon KNIGHT||Talon KNIGHT|
|Talon OUTLOOK||Talon OUTLOOK|
|Talon READY||Talon READY|
|Talon SHOOTER||Talon SHOOTER|
|Air Force TENCAP||Air Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP)|
|ISR||SPACE FORCE ENHANCEMENT: INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE|
|Air Force Space Warfare|
(U) Capt Tuck Boyson, Air Force-Space Warfare Center, Open Phone: (719) 567-9313.
(U) 22 July 1998
(U) Road Map Production Date: 23 June 2001