The U.S. Army’s Maneuver Control System is an essential component of the service’s Battle Command System, providing critical coordination among Battlefield Functional Areas, or BFAs. The BFAs that pertain to the MCS are Maneuver, Fire Support, Air Defense, Combat Service Support, and Intelligence/Electronic Warfare. A prime element of the MCS is a situation map – part of the Common Operation Picture, or COP – that displays, via use of data from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Defense Mapping Agency, the locations of friendly and enemy units; intelligence, electronic warfare and fire support graphics; and air corridor information.
Multiple systems are linked, or “networked,” to form the MCS, including laptop computers, software, and servers located within tactical operations centers and selected battle command platforms.
Forecast International projects that the Army will spend approximately $634 million on MCS development, operation, and maintenance activities over the next decade. Broadly stated, the need to provide U.S. Army commanders and their staffs with information that can be used to direct forces on the battlefield is the driver of this funding.
Funding for the MCS can be expected to peak from FY16 through FY20, and then drop precipitously before leveling off from FY21 through FY25.
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