Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces

Expanded Operational Architecture for Combat Support Execution Planning and Control

by Patrick Mills, Ken Evers, Donna Kinlin, Robert S. Tripp

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Anticipating varied and fast-breaking regional crises in the future, the United States is reassessing how it prepares, maintains, and employs its military forces. Key to this effort is examining the combat support (CS) system, and particularly the command and control of CS forces (CSC2). This research looks at the current operational architecture for incorporating CSC2 and proposes an expanded version of an architecture for the future. Using interviews with personnel, lessons learned from recent operations, and analysis of current CSC2, this report’s authors make recommendations to help the Air Force’s CS community move to this new architecture. This book builds on previous RAND research and is part of a larger series dedicated to bettering the support of the Air and Space Expeditionary Force.

The accompanying CD-ROM contains electronic versions of detailed process diagrams and holds the complete library of notional information products the authors propose.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Background and Analytic Approach

  • Chapter Three

    Expanded Combat Support Execution Planning and Control Architecture for the Future

  • Chapter Four

    Current Progress Toward Implementing the TO-BE Architecture and Recommendations for Meeting the Expanded Architecture

  • Chapter Five

    Summary and Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Lessons and Observations from Recent Contingencies

  • Appendix B

    Illustrative Examples of CSC2 Operational Architecture

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