Rethinking the Air Operations Center, Air Force Command and Control in Conventional War
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES
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The Air Operations Center AOC is the centerpiece of the Air Forces new command and control C2 system for prosecuting theater conventional war. The AOC is a direct outgrowth of the Tactical Air Control Center TACC. In Vietnam, the TACC mirrored the divided command structure of the US military establishment in Southeast Asia. This resulted in a C2 system that allowed air power to be responsive to the needs of traditional land campaigns, and yet require extensive planning time for deep interdiction and strategic attacks. Additionally, since a land strategy dictated targeting priorities in South Vietnam, the Air Forces measure of effectiveness in the South was its ability to strike targets requested by ground commanders efficiently. Similarly, agencies other than the Air Force selected and approved deep interdiction and strategic targets during Rolling Thunder. Thus, the Air Forces measure of effectiveness in the North likewise became its efficiency of attacking targets there. Assessment thereby became disconnected from the political and military objectives.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems