Combat Support Execution Planning and Control

An Assessment of Initial Implementations in Air Force Exercises

by Kristin F. Lynch, William A. Williams


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Operations in Serbia in 1999 revealed issues with combat support execution planning and control. RAND Project Air Force (PAF) analyzed the then-current operation architecture and developed a future (“TO-BE”) architecture. As part of this continuing effort, PAF and Air Force personnel formed an assessment team to observe two command post exercises, Terminal Fury 2004 and Austere Challenge 2004, that offered an operational environment in which to evaluate Air Force progress in implementing the TO-BE. The exercises highlighted opportunities in three areas — organizational structure, systems and tools, and training and education — in which continuing implementation of the TO BE architecture should improve productivity and enhance decisionmaking.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction, Motivation, and Approach

  • Chapter Two

    Combat Support Execution Planning Command and Control

  • Chapter Three

    Organizational Structure

  • Chapter Four

    Command and Control Systems Integration and Decision-Support Tools

  • Chapter Five

    Training and Education

  • Chapter Six

    Summary Observations

  • Appendix A

    Terminal Fury 2004 Case Study

  • Appendix B

    Austere Challenge 2004 Case Study

  • Appendix C

    Assessment Teams

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