Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) is the true “secret weapon” of AEGIS fleet defense. On the one hand, this JHU/APL brainchild consists only of a data distribution system, including antenna, and the cooperative engagement processor. Yet those simple components add up to something incredibly powerful, by bringing radar, sensor and tracking data from a number of widely separated platforms together in one big picture. The resulting sensor fusion significantly improves weapons tracking consistency and continuity; expands detection ranges, thus increasing reaction time; and enables entirely new engagement strategies against threats. Indeed, CEC has applications that reach beyond the sea to ground-based systems, blimps, and even successful ballistic missile defense.
What we didn’t mention at the time is how serious the problem was, and how dependent on computers modern aircraft – including military aircraft – have become. What follows are relevant excerpts from a CNN transcript on February 24, 2007 that covered a number of unrelated issues. We’ve cut that out, and left only the F-22 related section of the transcript…
Defense giant Lockheed Martin is undertaking some corporate shifts, as detailed in this release which also notes associated personnel moves. Short version?
Integrated Systems & Solutions (IS&S) and Information Technology and Global Services (IT&GS) are being merged into Information Systems & Global Services (IS&GS), and will also absorb Transportation and Security Solutions. A couple of groups, including Aircraft & Logistics, are moving under other divisions, while Advanced Concepts Organization (a.k.a. Lockheed’s famed “Skunk Works”) now reports directly to the CTO.