Air Force to Widely Deploy Force Generation, ACE Tool
Kessel Run’s so-called C2IMERA solution will now be used at all Air Combat Command installations.
The Command and Control Incident Management Emergency Response Application, or C2IMERA, software tool, created by Kessel Run, one of the U.S. Air Force’s software factories, will now be employed at all of Air Combat Command’s facilities, the Boston-based Kessel Run announced on September 1.
Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, commander of Air Combat Command (ACC), has specified that the tool—which provides installation reporting, planning, force generation, emergency management, and command and control (C2) monitoring and execution functions—be used at all of its installations.
“What it does is broad,” said Capt. Maurice Morrell, USAF, program manager, C2IMERA, Detachment 12, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. “At a basic level C2IMERA provides C2 capabilities in two areas; awareness, and installation collaboration and reporting.”
The C2 solution provides wing commanders and airmen with an integrated view of installation resources with a common operating picture and dashboarding capabilities. “It consolidates and shares information for leaders and boasts a plethora of features to provide C2 capabilities,” explained a Kessel Run spokesperson. “These tools are customizable and optimized based on the individual needs of the installation. The capabilities focus on updating and communicating data in real time to give commanders a constant picture of their installations, environment, assets and personnel.”
Moreover, Air Force major commands (MAJCOMs) that oversee the C2IMERA-deployed installations also can view the tool’s information, getting access in real time to detailed aspects of each MAJCOM facility.
Also, C2IMERA is a key tool in support of the Air Force’s agile combat employment, a force projection practice to combat the threat of near-peer adversaries. ACE represents the quick movement of lean, agile and lethal forces and assets dynamically to contested environments in austere locations around the globe.
“This is an incredible example of what Kessel Run can provide, and a sign that we are developing the right capabilities for our warfighters,” said Col. Brian Beachkofski, USAF, the commander of Kessel Run. “In less than two years C2IMERA has become the ACCs program of record for agile combat employment. We are providing software solutions that warfighters love, and modernizing the Air Force, today!”
Already, 40 Air Force installations are using the solution—about 10 of which belong to ACC—and the command plans to add it to 20 more locations by the end of the year. “C2IMERA is being directed for use by all ACC installations, as a result of the application's successful implementation across more than 40 Air Force Installations,” a Kessel Run spokesperson indicated.
The software factory began a roll out of the tool about 18 months ago, starting with six locations. “We have rapidly expanded over the last 18-months,” Capt. Morrell said. He shared that they have also recently added “an exciting new capability,” for higher headquarters that allows “real-time visibility of theater installation information and operations, a real game changer to normal manual processes.”
Gen. Kelly noted, “Our bases are air power projection platforms that require real-time installation and resource awareness, as well as command and control capability. C2IMERA gives commanders the operational sight picture to execute the mission. I am confident Kessel Run’s dedication to C2IMERA’s continued growth and system improvements will benefit the Air Force across the enterprise.”