Reenabling Air Force Command and Control for Twenty-first-Century Partnerships
AIR AND SPACE POWER JOURNAL MAXWELL AFB AL
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It is time for Airmen to reenable the command and control C2 of air operations as part of a joint force in todays complex security environment. Earlier this year, the Joint Staff released the latest version of Joint Publication JP 3-30, Command and Control for Joint Air Operations. Like all doctrine, JP 3-30s publication marks both an end and a beginning. The product is the culmination of a joint process by which Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines synthesized their experience and understanding of air and space C2 to provide future joint force commanders and staffs authoritative options. It codifies several important concepts, such as organizing with both theater and subtheater joint force air component commanders JFACC, the role of air component coordination elements, considerations for the C2 of remotely piloted aircraft, and the potential for assigning JFACCs responsibilities for space-coordinating authority. However, the publication of JP 3-30 also signals the start of its revision. Transformation in the information age requires continuous improvement, and our dynamic Air Force strives to maintain the leading edge in the domains of air, space, and cyberspace. So, as todays version of JP 3-30 shapes how our joint forces command and control current air operations, we challenge our Airmen to renew the conversation onhow best to command and control air, space, and cyberspace forces for tomorrows joint fight.
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