Comms overhaul to ballistic missile warning system in home stretch

While the United States' population of more than 311 million went about its daily lives for the past six years, Air Force and contractor personnel were upgrading the communications equipment for one of the nation's most vital defense systems, reports the Schriever Sentinel.

The 50th Space Communications Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., was tasked with overhauling the Air Force Space Command Digital Integrated Network (SDIN), which links sensors to decision-makers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command. To achieve this, squadron personnel had to find a way to replace 1980s-era equipment for a system known as Timeplex, which was no longer supported by the original equipment manufacturer, the story said.

This meant installing, testing and approving modern equipment, which the service refers to as Juniper, before retiring Timeplex, without any disruption of service to the U.S. ballistic missile warning system that guards against threats from potential global adversaries, the story said.

The final phase of the SDIN equipment upgrade is expected to occur in September, the story said. 

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