Meeting the Needs of the Future Force: Transforming Air Support for the Unit of Action
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The Army is in the midst of a significant transformation into the Future Force. The purpose of this transformation is to provide the right kind of forces for the needs of the future. By the year 2010, the current Army organizational structure will be transformed into Units of Employment and Units of Action. The purpose of this monograph was to test the hypothesis that the current air support system will meet the needs of the Future Forces Unit of Action. The monograph compares the current air support system to the requirements of the Unit of Action to ascertain a satisfactory level of performance based on the criteria of suitable, feasible, and acceptable. To compare the current air support system to the Unit of Action requirements, three functional categories were established battle command, fire support, and airspace command and control. These functional categories allowed for an objective comparison of two dissimilar systems. The analysis invalidated the hypothesis the current air support system was shown not to be capable of satisfactorily supporting the Unit of Actions requirements. In the process of completing the analysis, three shortfalls and one concern were identified. The three shortfalls were as follows 1 the need for a physical location for the Air Liaison Officer ALO within the design of the Unit of Actions Mobile Command Group or Tactical Command Post 2 the ALOs need to be able to collaboratively plan with interagency or multinational organizations and 3 the transient need for the Tactical Air Control Party to assume the duties of an Air Support Operations Center under certain situations. The one concern was that the Networked Fires concept was inadequately defined in Unit of Action documents. Specifically, the two issues requiring further analysis were what tactical echelon man-in-the-loop procedures were required, and what were the man-in-the-loop specific procedures 21 refs.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics