CAC2S; Bridging the Gap
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Marine aviation has continued to evolve as a warfighting organization since its inception during World War II. As a result of technological advances, such as the radar and fixed machine guns attached to airplanes, more specified roles for Marine aviation became apparent, as did the need to command and control these assets. Hence, the birth of marine air command and control system MACCS. The MACCS developed to provide more effective command and control of aircraft and missile. A system conceived from necessity, evolved to enhance aviation mission capabilities, and currently under fire to evolve again to support commanders efforts to defeat a 21st century threat now has the opportunity to set the stage for true C2 transformation. Failure to transform into a useful and relevant C2 node in line with future warfighting concepts such as Joint Vision 2020 and Marine Strategy 21 will result in the obsolescence of the MACCS. The implementation of the Common aviation command and control system CAC2S to replace current systems in not advancement, but merely a hardware systems upgrade. The Marine Corps must use the new CAC2S to restructure the Marine Air Control Group in order to conduct its mission more efficiently, which means with fewer personnel, a smaller footprint, and more qualified air command and control specialists.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems