The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Chief Information Officer John Grimes announced today that the Department of Defense, represented by the DoD Policy Board on Federal Aviation (PBFA), has joined the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) as an associate member.
“This membership in CANSO better enables the Defense Department to address the network-centric environment which links air traffic management and air security systems,” said Grimes. “Moving toward network-enabled operations is vital to the transformation of the air navigation system and will enhance efficiency, safety and operational flexibility.”
The move is one aspect of DoD’s strategy to participate in the worldwide effort to create a new era of global collaboration in air navigation services. As a CANSO associate member, the PBFA will advocate the defense department’s position in support of the U.S. National Airspace System as a partner with the Federal Aviation Administration. The PBFA provides strategic vision and policy for DoD’s participation and partnering in U.S. and global air transportation systems as well as serving as the primary point of contact between the Defense Department and the Department of Transportation on domestic and international civil aviation issues.
CANSO is the ‘voice’ of the world’s air traffic management community. Its air navigation service providers manage over 80% of the world’s air traffic. The CANSO seeks to ensure the world’s air transport system can meet the demands of growing traffic in an increasingly safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable manner.
Membership in CANSO is significant because of the Defense Department’s unique role in aviation. Alongside the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the DoD is an air navigation service provider within the National Airspace System, as well as one of the largest operators of aircraft in the world. The DoD and FAA provide the same capability in terms of safety and security of civil and military air traffic, providing air traffic control services in the U.S. and globally in accordance with current FAA and military guidelines.
The Defense Department has over 150 facilities (tower, radar, or combination) including overseas locations such as Afghanistan, Germany, United Kingdom, Guam, Honduras, Italy, Iraq, Japan, and Qatar. In addition, DoD employs over 9,000 uniformed, civilian and contract controllers. With transparency to the U.S. National Airspace System, DoD is responsible for over 13 million traffic movements of which 23-25% are commercial and general aviation.