After several weeks of testing, the Air Force has declared Raytheon’s Distributed Common Ground System at Ramstein AB, Germany, ready for operational use. The network-centric system connects a range of intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance systems seamlessly allowing for “real-time” and “multiagency intelligence sharing and collaboration,” according to a company release. “The US Air Force ran regular missions using the upgraded DCGS baseline over several weeks and concluded it was ready to use for intelligence tasking, processing, exploitation, and dissemination,” said Mark Kipphut, Raytheon’s deputy director of tactical intelligence systems. A similar system at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is slated to become operational “early next year,” he said. (See also A Giant Step Forward in the Daily Report archives)
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.