Cnth\nthXYZ, TACS, and Air Battle Management: The Search for Operational Doctrine
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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The Air Force recently changed my command and control operations career field to air battle management. What does it mean to manage an air battle Does air battle management describe a product, a process, an organizational structure, some combination of each, or something entirely different As the prospective commander of the schoolhouse that trains air battle managers, I had the harrowing thought that some second lieutenant might, with all sincerity, ask me, I still dont understand, sir. What do we do At the tactical level, my answer would be straightforward -- largely junior officer tasks. However, most air battle managers support the joint force air component commander JFACC at the operational level of air warfare, where things can be much more murky. Air battle managers work at the interface of the tactical and operational levels of war where the JFACCs intent is translated through tactical action into results that achieve the joint force commanders JFC objectives. Specifically, the air battle manager does the following 1 plans implementation of the JFACCs intent as a part of the commanders estimate of the situation planning process 2 directs air tasking order execution and makes changes during the air battle through real-time decisions to adapt air function execution to the changing air battle situation and 3 controls execution of combat operations as an operational-level extension of the JFACCs authority to ensure the tactical action results achieve the joint force commanders theater objectives. The air battle manager accomplishes these operational tasks through the capabilities of intelligence, communications, surveillance, reconnaissance, and logistics systems, and manages those parts of the TACCS architecture assigned to his or her responsibility.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems