USAF Aerospace Doctrine: Enhancing the Air Campaign Planning Tool (ACPT),
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Desert Storm provided a renewed interest in planning air campaigns. The Air Campaign Planning Tool ACPT, a combined HQ USAFIXOOC and ARPA initiative, provides a modem computer based planning tool to the JFACCs war planning staff. ACSC research project 95-034 provided three enhancements to the development of the first operational version of ACPT. First, an air campaign Historical Reference Library MRL was created and included in the real world ACPT, to provide the air campaign planner with a on-line, easy to use reference of past air campaigns from the perspective of a 1990s airpower planner. Secondly, an unclassified, ACPT Tutorial was created for simultaneous release with the next version of ACPT this summer. Finally, the level of ACSC student exposure to ACPT was increased by expanding ACPT use during the ACES DRAGON exercise to over 50 students, demonstrating ACPT to 50 ACSC faculty and many senior officers at both Air Universitys 1994 Air Space Symposium and CADREs 1995 JFACC Symposium. The HRL provides a synopsis, chronology, objectives, missions, tasks and lessons learned on eleven historical air campaigns. It covers a broad spectrum of air campaigns from major regional conflicts, like Operation Desert Storm and Rolling Thunder, to operations other than war OOTW, like Operation Eldorado Canyon and Operation Nickel Grass. It also provides a reference for non-US conflicts like the Falklands War, the Yom Kippur War and Operation Babylon.
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