The Air Force announced Robins Air Force Base will host the initial elements of the Advanced Battle Management System, a capability which will fuse global air and space intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information.
“We must adapt our capability to survive in the changed threat environment and move swiftly to advanced battlefield management and surveillance,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “The critical capabilities at Robins allow us to leverage key expertise and accelerate toward the network needed for contested environments.”
“This is an important step as we move forward with a resilient and survivable network to ensure we are ready to prevail against changing threats,” said Air Force Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein. “We have more platforms and sensors available than we had in the past and are developing a decentralized system that draws on all domains,” he said.
ABMS will be a next-generation system-of-systems integrating battlefield surveillance information and providing commanders better situational awareness in combat. Selecting Robins enables the Air Force to leverage existing infrastructure and the more than 40 years of experience resident in the Robins’ workforce. There is no intent to reduce manpower at Robins AFB as the service transitions to ABMS.
As the service transitions to ABMS, the Air Force will fly the E-8C JSTARS fleet into the mid-to-late 2020s. The air and space systems that make up the ABMS network will include a fusion center and associated supporting activities. In addition, the network will also include some remotely piloted aircraft at Robins with sensors capable of collecting and transmitting information from the battlefield.
The Advanced Battle Management System is part of a series of Air Force moves to build a more lethal and resilient force to prevail against great power competitors.