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Tactical Control and Analysis Center (TCAC) AN/TSQ-130

The Tactical Control and Analysis Center (TCAC) AN/TSQ-130, which is no longer in service, was fielded as all-source and SIGINT capable systems to offset the limitations of the human processor. In 1982 the Air Force Rome Air Development Center delivered the Deployable Intelligence Data Handling System to the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF). The DIDHS automated intelligence data handling and was compatible with existing intelligence communications networks. Developed and delivered on time and within budget, the DIDHS was a hodgepodge of hardware and software already in use, from an Army AN/TSQ-130 Shelter to an RADC computer program developed for the Korean Air Intelligence System. Modern technology and the low-cost of acquisition has enabled the Army to pull itself from the grease pencil and acetate to a self-parsing database via the ASAS system.

The TCAC system currently fielded in the Radio Battalions has many shortfalls. It includes outdated data processing hardware with inadequate processing capability and increasing repair problems. There is no capability to receive direct data input from Radio Battalion collection systems. The TCAC size and weight does not promote either rapid or effective employment. The software originally fielded with the TCAC has no SIGINT analytical tools. Finally, there is no map graphic display. The TCAC PIP will address all of the above shortfalls by providing an integrated mobile sheltered system of state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Current TCAC capabilities do not meet the demanding requirements of the Operations Control and Analysis Center (OCAC) for automated information processing. As more automated and semi-automated SIGINT systems are fielded, such as Mobile Electronic Warfare Support System (MEWSS), Joint Tactical Terminal (JTT), Team Portable Communications Intelligence System (TPCS), it will be increasingly more difficult for the current TCAC to perform its mission. The TCAC PIP will dramatically increase the joint and service interoperability capabilities of the OCAC and other Radio Battalion detachments.

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