Pentagon Announces USAF Advancement of ABMS

Pentagon Announces USAF Advancement of ABMS

( – A United States Air Force drone comes across a migrant caravan rapidly closing in on the border between Mexico and Texas. Immediately, it transmits real-time data to land-based Army and Marine commanders in Texas and Navy and Coast Guard captains operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The five services promptly employ a multi-pronged defense strategy using air-to-surface missiles, land-based rockets and Tomahawk missiles fired from the Gulf.

This hypothetical situation becomes a reality due to emerging advanced technology known to defense officials as the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). In short, this program provides the means for combined defense forces to use cutting-edge technology and methods to rapidly collect and analyze data and share the results instantly.

The Pentagon Advances the Program

The Air Force conducted the first ABMS test in December 2019. Air Force, Army and Navy platforms participated in a three-day field test using a simulated cruise missile. The missile was successfully engaged using Air Force and Navy fighter jets and Army troops equipped with a sophisticated land-based rocket system.

The Air Force continued testing the ABMS program in multi-branch field tests, resulting in the Air Force awarding new contracts to develop the system to 24 companies according to a November 4 Pentagon press release.

Those contracts will allow the Air Force to build a fully functional ABMS platform according to a program called Joint All-Domain Command and Control. Basically, that system operates as described in the hypothetical scenario discussed above. Elements of multiple defense services come together to share data, creating a multi-level response to any potential threat.

What This Technology Means for America

This emerging technology leverages existing systems employed by the Pentagon, optimizing joint missions using multiple branches of the nation’s armed services.

ABMS provides greater homeland defense along American borders on land and water. It also gives federal defense and law enforcement officials a tactical edge for operations at home. For example, President Donald Trump dispatched federal law enforcement personnel from several departments to push back against months of rioting and looting in American cities at the hand of Antifa members.

Hostile elements at home and abroad continue using technology to penetrate our nation’s defense systems. The rise of the ABMS program gives American defense officials the edge they need in a high-tech world.

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