The Shared Early Warning System (SEWS) U.S. Air Force
The Shared Early Warning System (SEWS) began in the early 1990s and requires maintenance to provide as much warning time as possible in the event of the launch of an adversarial ballistic missile. The Minuteman III is an example of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Early Warning is Best Defense Against Missile Strikes

AFLCMC-Hanscom Air Force Base has selected a small woman-owned business, Boecore, for maintenance of the Shared Early Warning System (SEWS) as part of a $93 million small-business contract.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC-Hanscom) has selected Boecore to provide maintenance and sustainment capabilities for the Shared Early Warning System (SEWS) as part of a $93 million small-business contract. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Co., Boecore specializes in maintaining defense electronic systems, including missile defense and cyber security systems.

The SEWS system provides uninterrupted reporting on potential adversarial ballistic missile launches, providing information to U.S. allies with a bilateral agreement in place regarding defense. SEWS serves nine partner nations, providing early warning of possible strikes so that countermeasures can be prepared. “A missile launch starts a timer,” noted SEWS Program Manager Captain Frank Schiavone “We’re working hard to provide the combatant commands and partner nations with as many extra seconds as possible so they can begin countermeasures, warn their populations, and protect themselves.”

“We have a network of sensors and clients dedicated to several unified combatant commands and nine foreign partner nations, so the back-end servers and communications devices require flexible technical capabilities,” added Colonel Todd Wiest, senior materiel leader for the Strategic Warning and Surveillance Systems Div. “Small businesses are very agile and flexible.”

The SEWS system is managed by a team of 67 airmen, government civilians, and contractors. The system works with a constellation of heat-detecting U.S. satellites to gather intelligence on ballistic missile activity. In addition, each partner nation has multiple constantly monitored SEWS sites for sharing of intelligence. This latest contract brings the agility and expertise into the mix to maintain the performance of the computers and communications systems that are part of the SEWS system.

“Improvements on the new contract will focus on the ability to receive new message formats and an extensive system architecture upgrade project to modernize the system,” Schiavone said. “The Combatant Commands and SEWS partners are relying on these future advancements to overcome the mounting threats around the world.”

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