Joint Training In Combined Entry Operations
AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Strategic and operational guidance states that the demand for joint operations will continue to increase for the foreseeable future. Also, challenges to combined entry are ever evolving, and the United States must continue to adapt its tactics and operations to meet those challenges. The continued development of more advanced platforms, capabilities, and concepts demonstrates United States commitment to maintain and grow its ability to execute combined entry operations. As these new systems come online, new tactics, techniques, and procedures will continue to be developed and tested. For these improvements to be effective, they must be practiced by operational forces in a realistic environment in order validate platform interoperability, planning efficiency, organizational relationships, and combined operations. Additionally, the guidance emphasizes the requirement to integrate services at all levels, from operational planning to tactical execution, in order to create inter-service relationships that are persistent and spread throughout all echelons. These relationships would best be established through operational interaction that creates persistent contacts, relationships, and mutual procedures to ensure smooth interaction at a moments notice. The best way to foster this interaction is through frequent and realistic joint training. However, the joint services currently do not have an integrated, delineated approach to accomplish training sufficient to both ensure effective interoperability as well as foster persistent relationships between joint services. The Joint Force should increase both the number and frequency of exercises, include small scale joint operations rather than focusing on major combat operations, and integrate more joint units into established training events.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics