The authors explore a planning framework that could be used in evolving the Agile Combat Support and mobility systems of participating partners to meet the operational needs of the NATO Reaction Air Force.
The Air Force has begun to reorganize into an Expeditionary Aerospace Force (EAF). This report summarizes RAND work to date on designing and evaluating the future agile combat system and mobility system needed to meet EAF operational objectives.
The EAF will divide the Air Force into several Aerospace Expeditionary Forces (AEFs), each roughly equivalent in capability, among which deployment responsibilities are expected to be rotated on an equitable and fairly predictable basis.
In seeking concepts to give light forces advantages over their adversaries akin to those enjoyed by heavy forces, the authors identify reconnaissance and combat as the most problematic aspects of light operations.
... technical challenges that must be addressed to support the analysis of the combat value of intelligence and electronic warfare/target acquisition (IEW/TA) with simulation models. This Note describes these challenges and considers ways to meet them.
Examines the Combat Operations function in tactical air command and control, and explores some of the human and organizational issues related to the use of technology (particularly automation) to support and enhance that function.