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Air Force Tests ABMS, Multidomain Battle Mgmt Tools Across Asia-Pacific; Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach Quoted

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Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach
Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach Commander Pacific Air Forces

The U.S. Air Force has completed the third test for the Advanced Battle Management System, marking the first time the platform underwent evaluation under a combatant command outside the continental U.S.

The Pacific Air Forces facilitated the ABMS test in September concurrently with Valiant Shield under the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, C4ISRnet reported Saturday.

Operators saw ABMS conduct real-time tracking and visualize status updates for U.S. military bases across the Asia-Pacific.

Information such as aircraft diversions, weather, fuel supply and weapons inventory were transmitted into a central hub located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.

Capt. Clay Lancaster, spokesman for the Air Force, said the service branch used multidomain battle managing systems aboard the KC-46 Pegasus to test the ABMS platform’s capacity to control air assets in austere environments “in an agile manner”.

Lancaster said the Air Force is also testing the commandONE, edgeONE and omniaONE technologies for battle management operations.

PACAF chief Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach said that he was most excited about a tool that gave commanders a bird’s-eye view into each Air Force installation, enabling leaders to make decisions more quickly.