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C2IPS: A Model for the Future,
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUIS ITION MANAGEMENT
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As Air Mobility Commands AMCs primary wing-level command and control system, the Command and Control Information Processing System C2IPS plays a critical role in the success of AMC operations around the world. C2IPS needs improvement if it is to fulfill enough of its users needs to truly improve AMCs operational capability. This paper examines some of these improvements from a costbenefit perspective in the context of improving AMCs mission capability. The paper examines four major areas for improvement and makes recommendations in each area. The first concerns moving C2IPS to a three-tier clientserver architecture to improve response time and reliability. The second area adds to the three-tier concept by using a thin client approach to reduce workstation hardware and software requirements. Third, the supporting communications infrastructure for both fixed node and deployed node operations needs to better support user needs while maintaining minimal costs. Finally, several similar and overlapping systems could be migrated in the overall C2IPS structure to minimize duplication and expense. All four of these areas offer opportunities for both performance and cost improvements over the existing system, and thus can improve AMCs overall mission effectiveness.
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