Expanding Battlespace and the Integration of Air Ground Operations on the Tactical Battlefield
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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United States Army doctrinal developments of the last twenty years, initiated by Airland Battle concepts, along with technological developments have resulted in increased battlespace of the ground force commander. This increase in battlespace encompasses the dimensions of both time and space. Greatly increased detection and engagement ranges allow the commander to see farther and thus attack the enemy at a much greater distance in relation to the friendly maneuver forces. This increase in the dimension of space has been accompanied by a corresponding decrease in the dimension time. The ground commander can now acquire and target the enemy at a much faster rate than previously possible. The Theater Air Control System TAGS was designed to synchronize air and ground operations into an integrated scheme of maneuver. Adjusting TAGS procedures is required in order to respond to the current threat environment. This study analyzes the current structure of the TAGS system and makes a recommendation to adjust the emphasis from mass to time. The emerging technologies of the information age combined with a non-hierarchical command and control system allow for a system designed to take advantage of the dimension of time, with the objective to create an operating tempo to which the enemy cannot react. The overall effect is to create a system TAGS based on preemptive as opposed to concentration tactics. The significance of this is more than just semantic subtleties. Besides creating a system that allows for the maximization of advanced technologies, a TAGS based on preemptive tactics focuses on a key tenant of warfare the enemy gets a vote. The importance of this change is it takes into account the probable characteristics of future threats for the next twenty years as well as the direction current force structures are moving.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics