A Marine Air Control and Support Group for the 21st Century
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Marine aviation requires more effective command and control and wing support organizations to meet the demands of 21st century warfare. Currently organized into functional units of squadrons and battalions, the Marine Air Control Group MACG provides the personnel and equipment for an integrated Marine Air Command and Control System MACCS. The MACCS provides the Aviation Combat Element ACE with the capability to control aviation warfare operations. The MACG organization reflects the legacy suites of MACCS sensors, weapons systems, communications equipment, and computers. A modernization effort will replace currently fielded stovepipe equipment with a Common Aviation Command and Control System CAC2S that uses common hardware and common software. CAC2S will provide the flexibility to combine C2 functionality into task-organized and cross-functional elements. The MACG that supports this new MACCS must be more dynamic, effective, and efficient while reducing nonessential support structure. The Marine Corps evolution toward Operational Maneuver From the Sea OMFTS resulted in a series of recommendations from the Force Structure Planning Group FSPG 1999. Key recommendations include moving the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadrons to the MACG, merging the Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron with the Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron MTACS, and reducing the combat service support capability of the Marine Wing Support Squadron MWSS. These changes set the groundwork for future efforts in transforming the MACG and Marine Wing Support Group MWSG into a single organization capable of responding to the challenges of 21st century warfare.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Command, Control and Communications Systems