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NORAD Marks Shift To New Aircraft Tracking System

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) on May 27 marked the shift from the obsolete Granite Sentry aircraft tracking system to the new Air Migration Evolution (AME) system. “We actually had the cutoff on the 19th of May, but today [May 27] was the ceremony,” said Maj. Dave Patterson, spokesman for Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station here. AME, also known as Air Mission Release (AMR), is the first segment of the Combatant Commander Integrated Command and Control System (CCIC2S), a Lockheed Martin suite of network-based software tools that the Air Force says will improve NORAD’s ability to accomplish its aerospace warning and defense mission. AME ran side-by-side with Granite Sentry for months to ensure a smooth handoff, industry officials say. In April, AME was in place, Patterson said. Full Story

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