The transformation to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) requires programs and technologies that provide more efficient operations, including streamlined data communications capabilities. The SWIM program is an integral part of that transformation.

SWIM will provide an open, flexible, and secure information management architecture for sharing NAS advisory data and enabling increased common situational awareness and improved NAS agility. SWIM will use commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software to support a loosely coupled service-oriented architecture that allows for easier addition of new systems and connections.