Accession Number:

ADA636817

Title:

Organizational Concepts for the Sensor-to-Shooter World: The Impact of Real-Time Information on Airpower Targeting

Descriptive Note:

Thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

56.0

Abstract:

The term real-time information into the cockpit RTIC involves systems capabilities required to provide aircrews timely and essential off-board information to allow mission adjustments in response to rapidly changing combat conditions. The term military technical revolution MTR requires converging technological products which have a demonstrated military utility, and military recognition that the application of these converging technologies will cause a radical change in the character of warfare over a very short period of time. RTIC does not foreshadow a coming MTR although it does employ converging technological products which have a demonstrated military utility. RTIC is not likely to cause radical change to the character of warfare. Nonetheless, it improves a commander s ability to employ operational art to employ military forces to attain strategic andor operational objectives through the design, organization, integration, and conduct of strategies, campaigns, major operations, and battles. This thesis assesses the capabilities of RTIC from two perspectives its impact on the air tasking process, and the command and control flexibility it affords the joint force air component commander JFACC. It concludes that the impact on the air tasking process is evolutionary, not revolutionary current RTIC capabilities remain largely dependent on human-intensive operations which limit reductions in decision cycle times. It further suggests that RTIC s true impact on targeting is directly attributable to the increased flexibility provided to the JFACC for prosecuting the execution-day air tasking order.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE