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The Joint Air Operations Center in the Realm of Network Centric Warfare

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The concept of Network Centric Warfare NCW is advertised to significantly change the way the military operates in the future. The proliferation of information technology and its ability to provide for centralized control while decentralizing execution are but two foundations for these changes. Those concepts, however, are not novel. In fact, the evolution of the Joint Air Operations Center JAOC demonstrates a continual effort to achieve those same objectives. Unfortunately, the JAOC still falls short in achieving the expediency of execution so necessarily in modern warfare. The ability to support significantly increased operational tempo will be required not only in the JAOCts domain of airspace, but on the ground and at sea as well. Given the adherence to the manner in which the JAOC currently organizes and functions, there is only so far technology can go to improve timely and efficient execution. With the advent of NCW, the JAOC has an opportunity to metamorphose again, achieving improvements to support vastly increased operational tempo. Limitations of organization, functions and execution can be resolved by applying the NCW concepts of shared awareness, self-synchronization and massing effect. By rethinking the current function and execution methodology of the JAOC and melding them into a Joint Operations Center JOC organized by capability rather than operational median, we will provide for the efficiency inherent in NCW and a more robust and high tempo at all levels of military operations.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations

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