Vice Admiral George P. Nanos Jr., commanding the Naval Sea Systems Command, will head a joint-service systems engineering initiative to support a single integrated air picture (SIAP).
The new office will define the requirements for the integrated air picture, an elusive concept debated intensively among the services' requirements staffs, operating units, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO), and other Department of Defense agencies for the past year. Broadly, it will be a single, comprehensive, integrated data display of air-defense tracks detected by the air-, ground-, and sea-based sensors of all the services.
It would be updated continuously based on the use of Link 16, the joint-service tactical digital information link (TADIL) that employs the TADIL "J" message format. Link 16 now is extensively (though not completely) fielded throughout all the services. The new display would be available to support targeting by Navy ships, tactical aircraft, and Army and Marine Corps airdefense sites.