Transforming the Joint Force Air Component Commander's Command and Control of Close Air Support
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Transformation initiatives in the Department of Defense have major implications on the development of command and control structures in the joint environment. Alternative methodology will be required to rupture outdated tactics, techniques, and procedures established under legacy systems and organizational architectures. Taking into account newly developed concepts, such as the Air Component Coordination Element ACCE, future command and control systems must build on lessons learned and continue to seek improvements for critical mission taskings. Lessons learned in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM indicate close air support remains a controversial topic due to the availability of air assets and fratricide. Since command and control of close air support is tied to the authority of the Joint Air Operations Center JAOC in joint doctrine, the responsibility lies with the JAOC to ensure senior ground elements are supported according to the Joint Force Commander s priorities. Establishing a modular Joint Air Component Coordination Element JACCE in the command and control architecture with expanded authorities will in due course eliminate deficiencies and enhance the interconnectivity of the functional land component commander with the functional air component commander.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems