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Air Force rushed air defense system

In a follow-up to an earlier story, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report's Michael Fabey writes that the Air Force rushed the deployment of its airspace defense system by bypassing typical Pentagon standards. Information received by The Daily indicates that "the Air Force accepted the BCS-F [Battle Control System-Fixed] even though it did not meet the Air Force-established IOC (initial operational capability) criteria as a standalone command-and-control (C2) system for the continental United States (CONUS) because it had a pressing need." As of October 2006, the program was nearly 2 years behind schedule and $65 million over budget.

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