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Advanced Battle Management System

BACKGROUND
• The Advanced Battle Management System is the Department of the Air Force’s contribution to Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control, or CJADC2, a DoD effort to digitally connect all elements of the U.S. military – from sensors to shooters – across all five warfighting domains: air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.
• Pursuing CJADC2 requires building a cloud-based digital architecture that increases the speed of data sharing and decision making – a secure and resilient Internet of Things for the joint force.
• We need CJADC2 now because potential peer and near-peer adversaries are deploying capabilities that threaten the ability of U.S. forces to shoot, move and communicate.

ACQUISITIONS APPROACH
• ABMS takes a private sector DevSecOps type of approach to onboarding, evaluating & integrating new digital technologies, not a traditional DoD acquisitions program approach.
• The program is currently developing 29 product lines across 7 product categories: 0.0 digital architecture 1.0 sensor integration 2.0 data 3.0 secure processing 4.0 connectivity 5.0 applications 6.0 effects integration
• The Air Force uses flexible acquisition authorities to contract quickly with companies of all sizes – 93 this year – who are advancing promising capabilities in these product categories.

ONRAMPS
• Joint Onramps, hybrid exercise/test/demonstration events, are the primary means by which ABMS develops and evaluates emerging capabilities and products.
• Onramps are scheduled every four months in rotating Combatant Commands to 1.) expose the warfighting community to ABMS technologies and 2.) to leave requested, mature elements of the ABMS product line in place for enduring use by those COCOMs.
• The next ABMS Onramp is scheduled for February 2021 in U.S. European Command (USEUCOM).

FUNDING & OVERSIGHT
• The president’s budget requested $302 million for ABMS in FY 2021, increasing annually with a total of $3.2 billion over five years.
• ABMS development is led by the Department of the Air Force’s Office of the Chief Architect, who reports to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Onramp 1: F-35 & F-22 used ABMS tech to pass data over a protected waveform for the first time.
• In response to the COVID-19 crisis, ABMS provided a “tool chain” of hardware, data and software to support health workers with real-time information updates and contagion vector algorithms.
• During Onramp 2, ABMS products enabled a Howitzer to shoot down a surrogate cruise missile.

(Current as of February 2021)

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