U.S. Army Airspace Command and Control at Echelons Above Brigade
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The purpose of Airspace Command and Control AC2 is to maximize the efficiency of all airspace users conducting simultaneous combat operations in support of the commanders intent. Effective AC2 requires successful identification, coordination, integration, and regulation of all airspace users through the AC2 activities command and control, air defense, fire support, air traffic control, aviation, and airspace management. AC2 sections at division and above are minimally trained and equipped to perform the activities of AC2 adequately and independent of each other but not as a unified section, nor are they doctrinally required in a centralized organizational structure. This is compounded by other inefficiencies in the current doctrine and structure of the AC2 Sections that include manpower shortages, deficient airspace user, and AC2 training. Additionally, the proliferation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS, fielding of fires platforms with greater and higher ranges, and the need to integrate civilian and non-governmental organizations into combat operational environments add further strains on and complexities to the airspace management system. This study will examine inconsistencies or omissions in joint or service doctrine, organization structures, and training. It also offers recommendations to increase the effectiveness of AC2 sections at and above the division level.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics