Naval Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD): Development of the Information Exchange Requirements   [open pdf - 20MB]

As the United States moves into the next century one of the biggest threats facing her national interests is the proliferation of Theater Ballistic Missile (TBM) Systems, with their potential for carrying Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMD). In order for the United States to 'project power', the Navy must play a large role in the protection of friendly assets from TBM attacks. Thus, the Navy is continuing to develop new systems and technologies as it attempts to migrate older weapons systems to fulfill this mission into its initial ballistic missile defense concept, Navy Area Defense (NAD). This thesis looks at the differences between the current 'as is' physical/information architectures for the Anti-Air Warfare Commander and the future 'to be' physical/information architectures for Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Commander. The conventional anti-air warfare and TBM defense information requirements, on an Aegis, are developed using IDEF O Diagrams. These information requirement differences must be used as drivers for future system acquisition and development. Also, the potential problem areas associated with adding TBMD as an additional responsibility for the Air Warfare Commander (AWC) onboard and AEGIS platform, are covered. The results of this thesis represent the initial plan (roadmap) for changes needed to support the evolving mission (Navy Area Defense) in the fleet.

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