The Department of Defense has now closed the final chapter on its venerable Worldwide Military Command and Control System. On June 30, 1997, the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Joint Staff shut down the WWMCCS Top Secret Support System (TS3). Concurrently, the Joint Staff declared the Global Command and Control System-T (GCCS-T) as the joint command and control (C2) system of record for top secret operations.
An element of the Joint Vision 2010, the Global Command and Control System represents a significant improvement over the old WWMCCS capabilities in both secret and higher secure C2 capabilities. GCCS and GCCS-T are neither a traditional acquisition program nor a grand design effort that is difficult and cumbersome to operate and procure. Instead, GCCS replaces the older WWMCCS network of mainframe computers in use since the l970s with a client server computer system built on modern information technology. The new technology allows greater software flexibility and reliability.
The GCCS system provides combatant commanders one predominant source for generating, receiving, sharing and using information securely. It provides surveillance and reconnaissance information and access to global intelligence sources as well as data on the precise location of friendly forces. GCCS and GCCS-T provide crisis planning, intelligence analysis and support, tactical planning and tactical execution and collaborative planning.
The Global Command and Control System was declared the single system of record for military planning operations at the end of August 1996. The GCCS-T marks the next logical step in the evolution of systems providing full spectrum dominance for warfighters on tomorrow's battlefield.
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