Accession Number : ADA325052

Title :   Airborne C2 and the Operational Commander: A Framework for Effective Utilization.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Weathers, Richard W.

PDF Url : ADA325052

Report Date : 05 MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Command and control of air operations has long been a source of contention among the services. Air Force philosophy has frequently been at odds with that of the Navy and Army. In the years following Desert Storm, significant progress has been made in thrashing out communications difficulties and service representation problems. Solutions, however, have created new problems; among these, the overcentralization of command and control in air operations and a willingness to discard the significant capabilities of subordinate C2 nodes including airborne C2. Doctrine regarding the proper utilization of airborne C2 is unclear in specifics, but clear in tone; C2 is the exclusive province of the ACC (Air Component Commander) and AOC (Air Operations Center) with subordinate air asset providers and directors relegated to the role of awaiting the daily arrival of the Air Tasking Order (ATO) and carrying out the instructions contained therein. This situation not only makes inadequate utilization of all components of the air C2 architecture, but dangerously concentrates the C2 potential of air operations at a single level and location.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *AIR POWER, *AIR LAND BATTLES, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), AIR STRIKES, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, AIR LOGISTICS SUPPORT, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY EXERCISES, MILITARY PLANNING, AIR TRAFFIC, AIR CONTROL CENTERS, BATTLE MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE