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Accession Number ADA564227
Title Deployable JAOCs: A Way Ahead for Operational C2 of Joint Air Operations.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 18p
Personal Author E. Theriault
Abstract Operational Command and Control (C2) of joint air operations has evolved as an Air Force function, executed at the theater-level of war by the theater Commander Air Force Forces (COMAFOR) acting as the Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC). The lack of authority of airmen at the Joint Task Force (JTF) level has precluded airpower from truly integrating into joint operations. As a result, air efforts have been coordinated, not integrated in the majority of joint operations. The centralized C2 of air at the theater- level has negatively impacted the mutual support and trust between the Air Force and its sister services. Also, the lack of properly delegated command authority at every echelon of command has drastically reduced the flexibility, cohesiveness, resiliency, and simplicity of joint air operation's C2 structure. Joint doctrine offers a multitude of C2 constructs for the JFACC, however, recent history shows that the theater JFACC has become an accepted norm and is further cemented in practice by the Air Force's creation of the theater Joint Air Operations Center (JAOC). The JAOCs are very capable C2 nodes, but lack the mobility to enable JFACCs to co-locate with the Joint Forces Commander (JFC). While air operations in Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF) suggest that joint air operations would benefit from an operational JFACC at the JTF-level, the JAOC's lack of mobility has precluded that C2 structure from emerging. Some current Air Force leaders recognize the benefit of a JTF- level JFACC and the costs of a theater-level JFACC, however, the Air Force widely accepts the theater COMAFFOR as the best solution to serve as the theater JFACC in support of separate JFC(s). One of the major counter-arguments against JTF JFACCs is the cost-benefit of having JAOCs for every JTF. By replacing 10 non-deployable JAOCs with four or five mobile JAOCs, the joint force would create a weapon system that meets the operational needs of today's complex.
Keywords Air force operations
Air power
Command and control systems
Joint military activities
Task forces
Theater level operations

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author Naval War Coll., Newport, RI. Joint Military Operations Dept.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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