Self-Induced Friction: The Assault Support Request Process
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MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Assault Support Requests are categorized as either Preplanned ASRs or Immediate ASRs, with the difference being Immediate ASRs are simply those that due to unforeseen circumstances, were not preplanned. While the ASR process is simple in theory, it often encounters friction and succumbs to the fog of war in practice. A Preplanned ASR begins with the requesting unit and is subsequently routed via the Fire Support Coordination Center FSCC at each echelon, where it is screened and prioritized, enroute to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force MAGTF Commander for approval. Once approved, the senior fire support coordination agency sends the request to the Aviation Combat Element ACE via the Tactical Air Command Center TACC for planning and execution. The TACC also passes the request throughout the Marine Air Command and Control System MACCS. Immediate ASRs are normally submitted by contacting the Direct Air Support Center DASC, either directly or through the FSCC, via the Tactical Air RequestHelicopter Request TARHR net. The TACC will typically delegate launch and divert authority to the DASC, who will then source assets to support the request.
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