Command and Control in the Anti-Access/Area Denial Environment
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The A2AD battlespace will be a technologically complex, high-tempo, environment fraught with fog, friction, and chance, especially the fog purposely created by the enemy. In this environment, more decentralized control will be critical to success. This paper argues that forward C2 capabilities provide the best solution and proposes a concept called C2 Forward for the US Air Force, which is based on two imperatives 1 Pushing authority and decision-making out of the AOC and other theater-level C2 agencies and moving it closer to the battle space and 2 Utilizing multiple C2 nodes with shared situational awareness to enhance survivability, utilize all domains, and quickly gain and maintain the initiative. The paper explores the capabilities C2 Forward will need, and then recommends changes to doctrine, training, and personnel development as well as requirements for future acquisitions. The paper also points out that changes can and should be made now using existing capabilities.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics