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Strategic Air Defense Processors

Command and control and computer systems elements of strategic air defense systems are embodied by the R/SOCC with the FYQ-93 computer processor and associated display devices. Figure 2-5 depicts the number and projected operational life of battle management systems within the air defense architecture. The FYQ-X is the expected replacement for the FYQ-93 under the Region/Sector Operations Control Center (R/SOCC) Modernization program, the exact nomenclature has not been determined. Similarly, the HMD-X is the expected display system replacement under the R/SOCC Modernization program, its nomenclature has not been determined.

Track reporting provides significant air activity information to the NMCC and CINCNORAD through the NORAD Air Defense Operations Center (ADOC). The information is essential for the proper execution of NORAD's mission of warning and attack assessment, air sovereignty and air defense. In addition, the information is used for operational and intelligence analysis, as well as being up-channeled to appropriate agencies. Accurate and expeditious reporting is essential. RAOC/SAOC file reports on reportable tracks within their AOR. Reportable tracks are Unknown, Special, Hostile/Faker, and any track believed to be a possible threat, regardless of classification. SAOCs will file reports on tracks detected by E-3, OTHR systems, or sensors under another non-NORAD agency control (e.g. JAITF-W) when the track enters the SAOC's AOR.

CINCNORAD requires all information which provides warning of a hostile attack to include Electronic Attack (EA) degradation of any portion of the C3 system where such degradation impedes or prevents NORAD forces from locating a hostile attack and/or conducting the air battle. The detection of EA may be the first indication of an attack. The direction of an attacking force may be determined from the azimuth of the hostile jamming.

Operational Reports (OPREP) provides all echelons of command with essential information on the planning, initiation, termination, and results of military operations. Additionally, the system provides for the reporting of any event or incident which may attract national level interest, whether or not it is related to possible military involvement.

The OPREP consists of:

The OPREP-3 is the single vehicle for the joint reporting of events or incidents to the National Military Command Center (NMCC) and the Canadian National Defense Headquarters (NDHQ). OPREP-3 reports use command and control channels to notify commanders immediately of any event or incident which may attract international, national, US Air Force, or significant news media interest. The report is established to provide time-sensitive information on which to base an appropriate response to any significant event or incident that has occurred or is in progress.

OPREP-3 reports categorize events or incidents according to their nature. Flagwords associated with each category aid prompt transmission, processing, and distribution of the reports by alerting people to their importance.

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