NORAD's Information Processing Improvement Program:

Will It Enhance Mission Capability?

LCD-78-117: Published: Sep 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1978.

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The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) is attempting to enhance its information processing capabilities with a program known as the 427M Improvement Program. This program involves the acquisition of new automatic data processing and communications equipment, both hardware and software, to meet expanding operational requirements.

Since the first contract under this program was awarded in early 1972, the program has experienced a variety of problems, including cost overruns exceeding $100 million.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: Either the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of the Air Force should take immediate action to: consolidate the remaining Communications System Segment contractual efforts under the Aerospace Defense Command; replace the Communications System Segment with available state-of-the-art computer message switching equipment; accept and use, on an interim basis, the Space Computational Center System and NORAD Computer System hardware and software augmented by the Mission Essential Back Up Computer; start a redesign effort to replace the Space Computational Center and NORAD Computer System hardware and software with available state-of-the-art systems; initiate acquisition of an uninterruptable power supply in the NORAD Combat Operations Center; establish a steering committee to assess problems with current and future system development and monitor corrective actions taken; and direct the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to exempt NORAD from using future World Wide Military Command and Control System computers.

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