The Operations Support Facility: At the Intersection of Future Threats and Centralized Control and Decentralized Executions
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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The Joint Forces Air and Space Component Commander JFACC, by definition, must plan, task, and control joint air and space operations.1The Operations Support Facility construct centers on a US-based facility that leverages the Global Information Grid to provide pooled mission and data backup capabilities to existing Air Operations Centers. By pooling resources from a shared facility, the concept aims to reduce the size of Component Numbered Air Force Air Operations Centers, reduce enterprise costs, increase mission survivability, and increase training capabilities without losing combat capability. The Air Operations Center is organized and equipped to enable the JFACC to do just that.2 The Air Operations Center has grown in capability and complexity over the years to support the JFACCs command and control C2 needs consistent with the enduring tenet of centralized control and decentralized execution. This growth has come with additional costs, particularly in manpower and technical sustainment. Given growing budget constraints, the Air Force is coming under increasing pressure to reduce the costs of its Air Operations Center fleet, while ensuring they remain mission effective. One proposed solution to address this challenge is the Operations Support Facility construct.