US Space Command



17 July 1995



This instruction applies to USSPACECOM, its components, and associated agencies and activities in support of USSPACECOM Theater Ballistic Missile Warning (TBMW) mission. This document directs subordinate organizations who contribute to the important TES capability to complete a process to ensure people are trained and equipment is configured to provide timely and accurate TBMW to theater users/customers. This process will require continuous review and update. As a follow-up action, Cheyenne Mountain will quickly correlate the data and notify the theater customers plus ensure that the National Command Authorities are properly in the loop when an event occurs. This instruction describes in detail the process and standards for certification. This publication does not apply to the Air Force Reserve nor Air National Guard units.

1. Certification Definition. "A formal process that ensures directed standards are met."

2. Process. The TES elements: Air Force Attack and Launch Early Reporting to Theater (ALERT), Army/Navy Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS), and the National Systems Tactical Detection and Reporting (TACDAR), shall comply with this instruction. The TES elements must adhere to the USSPACECOM standards listed in this instruction. The TES elements will respond with a compliance package describing how each standard is met. Listed with each standard are representative compliance TES documents (the elements are not limited to these documents when preparing their compliance response packages). Updated documents will supersede previous versions and are applicable under this policy of instruction. A TES certification checklist is included as part of this instruction to aid personnel in preparing their compliance packages. If a TES element cannot comply with the standards listed below, the element must specify the deficiency and proposed corrective measures to submit a waiver to the standards. USSPACECOM/J3/J6 will review and verify the compliance packages and will address waivers on a case-by-case basis. Once USSPACECOM has verified compliance responses or approved waivers, the SPJ3 and SPJ6 will make a recommendation to USCINCSPACE for initial certification. Certification is a continuing process--the TES elements must provide an ongoing evaluation of systems' combat readiness. USSPACECOM will provide "certification" guidance and oversight through the Tactical Operations Steering Group (TOSG).

3. Mission Performance/Operations Standards.

3.1. Comply with mission performance parameters as specified in each element's governing requirements documents.

Operations Requirements Document (ORD), 26 Jan 95 (Draft)
TMD Space Based Warning Operational Requirements Document, 27 Sep 93
System Specification Central Tactical Processing Element, 27 Sep 93
Operational Requirements Document (ORD), 23 Mar 94
Performance Specifications, Mar 95
Program Specification, 1991
Ground Specification; 1994

3.2. Administer system IAW respective Concept of Operations (CONOPS) supporting 24 hr/day,
7 days/week operations.

CONOPS, Oct 94
Operations Concept, USAADASCH, ATSA-CDS, Jan 95
CONOPS (Draft)

3.3. Develop capability to transmit daily status reports IAW unit and USSPACECOM requirements/requests.

SPJ3 MSG DTG 242300Z Feb 95, Daily Activity Reporting (DAR)

3.4. Develop and implement unit level review panel or equivalent process.

11 SWS Operating Instruction 10-11, 23 Feb 95
USARSPACE Review Group
Site Review Panels

4. Crew Training Standards.

4.1. Develop and implement a training plan compliant with applicable training program directives.

AFSPCR50-11, Space Operations Training Program, 25 Oct 91
11 SWS Unit Qualification Training Program
AFSPCR55-11, Space Operations Standardization and Evaluation, 25 Oct 91
AFSPC55-16, Vol I, Space Operations Crew Force Management, 25 Oct 91
System Training Plan for JTAGS, USAADASCH, ATSA, 2 Dec 93
ARMY Reg 350-35, Army Modernization Training
New Equipment Training Plan MIC9035005, USAADSCH, 18 Aug 94
System MANPRINT Management Plan, USAADSCH, Sep 94
Unit Qualification Training Program
Operations Training, 18 Apr 94
Operators Plan of Instruction
Operations Position Certification, 18 Apr 94

4.1.1. The training plan must include qualification and recurring training requirements.
(Reference documents under 4.1)

4.2. Develop, train, and evaluate mission procedures, operations instructions, and checklists IAW unit, service and USSPACECOM warning requirements and reporting criteria.
11 SWS Operating Instruction 10-11, Mission Operations, 23 Feb 95
Standard Operating Procedures, Oct 94
Operations Training, 18 Apr 94
Operators Plan of Instruction
Training/Certification Working Group
SPJ3 MSG DTG 111700Z Jan 94, TES Phase II
SPJ3 MSG DTG 250930Z Jan 94, Authorization for Phase II
SPJ3 MSG DTG 141700Z Feb 94, TES Reporting Policy Restriction
SPJ3 MSG DTG 022200Z Nov 94, TES Phase III
SPJ3 MSG DTG 092200Z Dec 94, TES Update
SPJ3 MSG DTG 101830Z Mar 95, TES Area of Interest Management

5. Support Infrastructure (Hardware/Software) Standards.

5.1. Establish and administer a configuration control process and board.

Configuration Management Plan, 11 Jan 95
Army Reg 70-37, Configuration Management
Special Operations Request/Directive
DO Operating Instructions, Jul 91
Site Operations Instruction, Dec 88
O&M Configuration Management Plan, 17 Dec 90

5.2. Comply with maintainability, reliability, and availability parameters specified in each element's governing requirements documents.

System Test Procedures for CTPE IOC System, 1 Nov 94
Integrated Support Plan (ISP) for CTPP, 15 Nov 94
AFOTEC's System Operational Assessment Plan
Army Reg 702-3
Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Report
Army Reg 70-37, Configuration Management
Program Specification, 1991
Ground Specification, 1994

5.3. Develop and output Trap Data Dissemination System (TDDS) and Tactical Information Broadcast Service (TIBS) compatible message formats IAW broadcast and USSPACECOM reporting guidelines, protocols and ICDs.

Source Data Specification for TRAP System, 9 Dec 93, TRAP NCCOSC
TIBS Mnemonics List, 8 Aug 94
TIBS Message Catalog Rev C
Tactical Data Intercomputer Message Formats, 24 Aug 94
SPJ3 MSG DTG 111700Z Jan 94, TES Phase II

6. Communications Interface Standards.

6.1. Establish and maintain satellite(s) downlink interface and processing capability IAW respective CONOPS.

CONOPS, Oct 94
System Specification Initial Capability CTPE, 27 Sep 93
CONOPS, Aug 94
Performance Specification, Mar 95
CONOPS (Draft)
Ground and Program Specifications

6.2. Establish and maintain connectivity with TDDS and TIBS inject node locations IAW CONOPS and governing requirements documents. (Reference documents under 6.1)

6.3. Develop a system to confirm successful message injection. (Reference documents under 6.1)

6.4. Establish and maintain voice (secure and/or non-secure) communications with Missile Warning Center (MWC), other TES elements and designated theater entry points IAW MOU and CONOPS.

SPJ3 MSG DTG 111700Z Jan 94, TES Phase II
TES MOU (Draft) Sep 94

7. Testing Standards.

7.1. All standards shall be verified IAW specified system test and evaluation standards.

AFOTEC'S System Operational Assessment
Test and Evaluation Master Plan, Revision B, 12 Aug 94
Department of the Army Pamphlet 73-1
DOD Directive 5000.1, 23 Feb 91
DOD Instruction 5000.2, 23 Feb 91
DOD Manual 5000.2, Defense Acquisition Management, Feb 91

7.2. Verify testing results by an independent agency as specified by applicable standards. (Reference documents under 7.1)

7.3. Incorporate operational capability to support testing.

CONOPS, Specifications

7.4. USSPACECOM will review testing/verification criteria to ensure each TES element will function correctly, reliably and within operational mission timeframes under all required conditions. USSPACECOM may also observe selected testing.

8. Ongoing Evaluation Of Systems' Combat Readiness Standards.

8.1. Develop and implement unit readiness reporting.

AFI 10-201, Status of Resources and Training System (SORTS), 22 Jul 94
Army Reg 220-1, Unit Status Reporting
Joint Monthly Readiness Review (JMRR) JCS Directed
Joint Monthly Readiness Review (JMRR) JCS Directed

8.2. Comply with Tactical Operations Steering Group (TOSG) oversight/guidance.

Reg 11-5, Support to Theater Operations Management, 14 Apr 93

Director of Operations

1. Sample Checklist



This checklist is designed to assist TES element personnel with evaluating their systems. This checklist is not all inclusive, but should be used as a guide when preparing compliance packages.

1. System Configuration:

a. What is the current approved configuration baseline? As of date:

b. What is the current approved software version? As of date:

c. Were all the changes in the current version approved by the required boards/panels?

d. Was the current software configuration tested and evaluated? Dates of testing:

e. What were the test results? (Were any deficiencies noted? Were they closed?) Explain.

f. Did you have an independent evaluation of the current software/hardware configuration? Date of evaluation:

g. What were the results of the independent evaluation?

h. Did the current configuration complete a system soak to verify and validate the mission capabilities and operational suitability? Length and dates of this period.

i. What were the results of the verification and validation period? Explain.

j. Have all communications circuits been tested end-to-end?

k. What were the results of the end-to-end testing?

l. Does the site maintain backup software?

m. What is the approved fallback version of software? As of date:

2. Operational and Technical Documentation:

a. Are the current unit operating procedures, job aids, user's guides, and checklists on hand at the unit?

b. Who is responsible to keep the above documents current?

c. Are current maintenance Technical Orders (TOs) on hand at the unit? As of date:

d. Are the required spares, in sufficient number, on hand at the unit?

e. Are the unit level review panel instructions on hand at the site?

f. Are the training plans and records maintained at the site? Who administers and maintains these documents?

g. Are TDDS and TIBS operations centers phone numbers on hand at the unit?
3. Operational Readiness and Support:

a. Are all operators trained and certified? Who certified them?

b. Do you have a recurring/continuation training program?

c. Are all maintenance personnel trained?

d. Does the system have the required voice communications connectivity in place? (Secure conference with Cheyenne Mountain and non-secure First Detect - First Report Network)

e. Does the system have a method of injecting simulated data for test and exercise support?

f. Does the system keep separation of real from exercise data? Explain methodology.