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Theater Battle Management Core Systems

The Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS) program provides the Combat Air Forces (CAF) and the Joint/Combined Forces with an automated and integrated capability to plan and execute the air battle plan for operations and intelligence personnel at the force and unit levels. Prior to establishing an integrated TBMCS program, the Air Force pursued force, unit, and intelligence automation under separate programs. As such, there were three distinct program offices.

TBMCS provides the air commander with the means to plan, direct, and control all theater air operations in support of command objectives and to coordinate with ground and maritime elements engaged in the same operation. By virtue of its deployability and flexibility, TBMCS can be tailored to large-scale or small-scale operations in varying intensities of warfare. The system fully supports peacetime training and daily operations as well as timely reaction to contingencies. TBMCS implements interoperable functionality with other Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence ( C4I ) systems involved in theater air warfare. The Theater Battle Management Core System (TBMCS) is the future replacement for the Contingency Theater Automated Planning System (CTAPS) applications and communication interfaces which allow the ground commander to nominate, track, and verify targets in the Air Tasking Order.

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