Rebuilding the Joint Airborne Forward Air Controller: Analyzing Joint Air Tasking Doctrine's Ability to Facilitate Effective Air-Ground Integration
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Lessons learned from Operation Anaconda point to deficiencies in current joint FACA air-ground integration. The primary purpose of this thesis is to determine if current joint air tasking doctrine allows the FACA to effectively integrate into supported ground operations. This study examines potential modifications to joint air tasking doctrine that will allow FACAs to integrate with their supported ground units more effectively. Based on this study, there are two primary methods to successfully integrate the FACA into supported ground operations. The first method is through detailed pre-mission coordination, currently called for in joint doctrine. Consequently, this analysis compares the integration opportunities available in current joint air tasking doctrine to the established requirement for effective FACA integration to determine if current joint air tasking doctrine facilitates effective air-ground integration. The second method of successfully integrating the FACA into supported ground operations is through recurrent working relationships established over time. Consequently, the analysis also compares current joint air tasking doctrine to the successful models illustrated in the Vietnam War TASS system and the USMC MAGTF to identify potential avenues for improved FACA integration. Finally, the study recommends modifications to joint air tasking doctrine to help improve FACA integration.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics