Composite Tracking Network (CTN)
TSC provides engineering support to Marine Corps System Command (MCSC) for all acquisition phases of the Composite Tracking Network (CTN) ACAT III Program. TSC supports system engineering and information assurance activities which directly contributed to the success of all major program reviews including critical design review and milestone decision reviews through the program Fielding Decision. TSC supports CTN engineering through requirements analysis, trade studies, and developmental testing for the CTN system and its interfaces. Interface development supported include the USMC fire quality AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, USMC Aviation Command and Control systems, AN/TPS-59(V)3 radar, and other future UMSC System of Systems (SOS) capabilities. TSC is also participating in technology studies for the next generation Data Distribution System Antenna.
TSC performs program test and evaluation management for the CTN program, playing a lead role in the planning and execution of all CTN developmental test efforts. TSC coordinates test activities across the various branches of the military including USMC, US Navy, US Army, and Contractor facilities. TSC’s efforts have lead directly to an Operationally Effective (OE) and Operationally Suitable (OS) finding at the CTN Operational Test & Evaluation, allowing the CTN Program to achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) and putting this critical technology in the hands of the Warfighter. TSC also coordinated, assembled and maintains critical CTN program documents, including the test and evaluation master plan, requirements traceability matrix, test report database, system subsystem specification, and systems engineering master plan.
The CTN Program was established to integrate the USMC sensors into the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Program, providing Marine combat elements with CEC’s integrated fire control information. The CTN is a land mobile CEC node housed in Highly Mobile Multi-Wheeled Vehicle transportable shelter. The CTN will contribute to Sea Shield and will support the air defense of the Marine Air Ground Task Force by integrating the AN/TPS-59(V)3 long range radar’s landward sector coverage to the Naval air defense commander’s capabilities. The system provides the ability to share the AN/TPS-59 composite tracks across Aviation Command and Control units exercising both air defense and air control measures in the Joint battlespace.
Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S)
USMC ACAT I Major Automated Information System (MAIS) Program
The Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) is a complete modernization replacement for the command and control (C2) equipment of the Marine Air Command and Control System (MACCS). CAC2S replaces single mission, stove-piped military specification legacy systems and fulfills DoD joint net-ready capability standards. See Figure 1 for a depiction of the Subsystems. The CAC2S encompasses all MACCS missions and functions, replacing the current C2 suites of equipment to effectively integrate Marine aviation C2 into joint and combined air/ground operations. The system provides aviation planning, control, and execution functions in an environment designed to enhance efficiency and mission accomplishment.
Figure 1 : CAC2S Phase I Increment 1 Subsystems
TSC proudly supports the CAC2S Phase I Increment 1 Systems Integrator, NSWC Crane. Paul Couper serves as the Lead Systems Engineer for NSWC Crane on this program.
As Lead Systems Engineer, TSC led the Crane CAC2S Engineering Team from the Critical Design Review (CDR), to Developmental Test (DT), to MS-C decision, and then commencement of IOT&E in just 11-months. This is an admirable accomplishment for an ACAT I Major Automated Information System (MAIS)!
TSC created internal engineering processes for drawing control and design changes that included peer reviews thereby reducing the occurrence of costly errors that result in delays. These processes played a key role in the ability of NSWC Crane to meet a very aggressive schedule.
- TSC lead the engineering effort to support the first CAC2S DT located at NSWC Crane. Three systems were used for the effort that included the system under test, a white cell with additional stimulation assets, and a third system used concurrently for the Supportability Demonstration.
- TSC supported the development of the CAC2S Function Baseline (FBL) and Allocated Baseline (ABL) through participation in the Systems Engineering IPT, Requirements Review Board, and also development of the Internal and External Interface Requirements Specifications.
The CAC2S Program received a material fielding decision in 1QFY12 and has fielded the first five Limited Deployment Units (LDU). In November of 2011, three LDUs were fielded to the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School (MCCES) in Twentynine Palms, CA. In January of 2012, two LDUs were fielded to the 3rd Marine Air Support Squadron (MASS-3) at Camp Pendleton, CA. An additional 15 systems are scheduled for production at NSWC Crane beginning 3QFY12 with completion in 3QFY13.
Emergency Response Systems (ERS) Support
TSC provides comprehensive specialty engineering support in the areas of acquisition program management and administration, DoDAF architectural engineering, engineering analysis, programmatic financial planning, testing and evaluation and logistics to the Program Management Office for ERS, which encompasses the Emergency - Land Mobile Radio (E-LMR) and Consolidated Emergency Response System (CERS) acquisition initiatives. This program is a priority of the Commandant of the Marine Corps as a result of recent tragedies around the country that exposed the limitations of existing emergency response infrastructures.
The TSC Support Team is comprised of a highly qualified team of engineers, analysts, and program management professionals that provides the resources to assist in the achievement of the established programmatic goals and objectives. The scope of the comprehensive PMO activities to be supported includes supporting the development of requirements and capability documentation to support programmatic milestones; the development of acquisition program support documentation commensurate with programmatic maturity (e.g., Information Support Plan (ISP), Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP), Marine Corps Single Acquisition Master Plan (MC-SAMP), etc.) and supporting the Emergency Response System site surveys of each Marine Corps installation, incorporating the existing E-LMR surveys and assisting with the preparation of the sites for installation of services.
Additionally the TSC Team assists the PMO in determining both near and long term financial and logistical supportability strategies; managing systems integration issues; and performing course of action analyses with respect to ERS projects. In addition, we assist with the development and review of base and system integration plans, safety documentation, engineering designs, Memorandums of Agreement/Understanding (MOA/MOU) and PSAP certification. At the conclusion of this effort it is expected that all Marine Corps bases and installations will have a fully capable emergency communication system that will be integrated with local civil first-responder communication systems.
Virginia Operations’ Stafford Division is performing a three-year CEOss contract, supporting the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center (MCNOSC) for Enterprise Service Design. MCNOSC directs global network operations and defense of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) and provides technical leadership to facilitate seamless information exchange in support of Marine and Joint Forces Operating worldwide. This effort provides a wide range of engineering, design analysis, and technical management services supporting the consolidation of network and IT infrastructure to create a more effective and responsive Net-Centric environment. This program enables the Marine Corps’ regionalization efforts; implements robust network operations, instills high availability, continuity, and disaster recovery, and positions the Marine Corps to field enterprise IT services.