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605TH TEST AND EVALUATION SQUADRON|
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The 605th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., is a part of the 505th Operations Group at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., 505th Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The squadron began as the 605th Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base in 1993 and moved to Hurlburt Field in 1997 where it was renamed and structured under the 505 CCW in 2004.
The 605 TES is the Command and Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) test manager for the 505 CCW. The 605 TES is responsible for conducting operational testing and tactics development and evaluation C2ISR collection, processing and exploitation systems as well as managing and providing resources to support operational testing, development testing, and various MAJCOM and joint special projects. The unit also supports C2 weapons system development and modernization.
The mission of the 605 TES is to Conduct C2ISR operational test of AWACS, Joint STARS, AOC, TACP, CRC and ISR Weapons Systems, develop and evaluate tactics that optimize the combat capability of these weapon systems, and familiarize operational units with test results.
Evaluates operational effectiveness, suitability, interoperability, information assurance, and TTP of C2ISR systems
· Responsible for the planning, execution, and reporting of operational test and evaluation of C2ISR systems supporting Air Force and Joint C2ISR programs
· Supports development of C2ISR weapons system test events
· Ensures that operational test plans and reports meet DoD, Air Force, and Air Combat Command test
and evaluation guidance
· Provides test engineering expertise during test project planning, execution, and reporting as an integral
part of C2ISR test teams
To execute this mission, the 605 TES oversees operations at Hurlburt Field, Fla; Det. 1 at Seattle, Wash.; Det. 2 at Melbourne, Fla.; and operating locations at Nellis AFB, Nev., Langley AFB, Va., and Fort Dodge, Iowa.
605 TES Units
Provides operational testing for the AWACS E-3 aircraft. Test programs include radar subsystem, electronic support measures subsystem, IFF, navigation and computers (data processing). Consoles display computer-processed data in graphic and tabular format on video screens, communications: UHF/VHF/HF/SATCOM radios, Link-16, Link-11, console operators perform surveillance, identification, weapons control, battle management and communications functions.
Provides operational testing on the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) E-8C aircraft to ensure it provides joint Air Force/Army Battle Management, Surveillance and Targeting system designed to provide air/land component CCs with: near-real time, wide-area surveillance and targeting information on moving and stationary terrestrial and maritime targets, enhanced theater battlespace management in support of operations directed at delaying, disrupting, or destroying enemy forces.
Air Operations Center (AOC) Flight
The AOC Flight (DOA) conducts operational testing on key joint-, combined-, and unit-level Theater Air Control Systems (TACS) that exercise command and control of theater-wide aerospace forces in support of the Joint Force Commander's campaign plan and enable the Joint/Combined Forces Air Component Commander to accomplish the mission. In addition, the DOA Flight performs OT on a Global Command and Control System-Air Force key sub-system that provides HQ USAF, Major Command, Numbered Air Force/Air Component, Warfighting Headquarters, Field Operating Agency, Direct Reporting Unit, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and wing/base planners support to plan, present, source, mobilize, deploy, account for, sustain, redeploy, and reconstitute forces supporting contingency and crisis operations inside joint and warfighting commanders' projected decision cycles. DOA flight harnesses the knowledge of military, civilian and contractor C2 experts to OT new C2 Systems and C2 systems in sustainment for Air Force OTs, MAJCOM led OTs initiatives or Multi-Service OTs on TACS or associated programs to leverage C2 capabilities for the joint warfighter. Operating Location-B reports to the DOA Flight and is located at the Ryan Center at Langley AFB, Virginia.
Control & Reporting Center (CRC) Flight
The AOC Flight (DOA) conducts operation. The CRC Flight (DOC) conducts OT, user acceptance testing (UAT) and other testing for theater air control systems as required for the joint warfighter. DOCs focus is on the CRC and other tactical elements of the theater air-ground system (TAGS) and their interface with other systems. CRC Flight melds the experience of C2 operators, maintainers, suitability analysts, and communicators to ensure that new systems and modifications to fielded systems meet the requirements of the CAF and other joint users. OL-C reports to DOC flight and is co-located with the 133 TS at Ft Dodge IA.
Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Flight
The ISR Systems Flight (DOI) conducts operational tests and evaluations of systems used to integrate Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) based capabilities into; the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), Cryptographic Modernization (CM) Systems and Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) Systems. DOI also provides tactics development and evaluation expertise.
Tactical Air Control Party (TAC-P) Flight
The TAC-P Flight (DOT) conducts OT and TD&E for TAC-P systems required for joint coalition warfighters. These include TAC-P command and control systems, datalink systems, and training systems aimed at improving speed, range, accuracy, and expertise in requesting, approving, and directing close air support (CAS). DOT's primary focus is on TAC-P Modernization, which brings digitally aided CAS to the battlefield using the TACP Close Air Support System (TACP CASS), the Air Support Operations Center Gateway (ASOC GW), and the Vehicular Communications System (VCS). Additionally, DOT leads testing for the Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal System - a virtual training simulator for TAC-Ps. Members of DOT have over 80 years of combined TAC-P expertise and close ties with the TACP community. As new capabilities are introduced, DOT ensures warfighter needs are met through early test involvement, superior subject matter expertise, and comprehensive testing in robust, realistic operational environments.
The Analysis Flight (DTA) provides test and analysis expertise and support as well as tech support for all tests in the other flights. The flight also provides data collection support and analysis for the squadron as well as web site design and maintenance.
Test Management Flight
The Test Management Flight (DTM) enhances the Air Forces theater air and missile defense capabilities through the integration of existing and emerging technologies, evaluates fieldable prototype systems, ensures compatibility with other systems/services, and ensures DoD combat capability. OL-A reports to DTM flight and is located in CAOC-N at Nellis AFB, NV.
Point of Contact
505th Command and Control Wing Public Affairs; 138 Hartson St., Hurlburt Field FL 32544-5231, DSN: 579-6512, COM: (850) 884-6512. E-mail: email@example.com
(Current as of January 2010)