The Air Force announced its vision for operating in modern contested environments on June 23, which was created to codify and synchronize agile combat recruitment tactics at the enterprise level.
Hostile threats to Air Force operations at forward bases can deprive the United States of a projection of power, overwhelm conventional defensive designs, impose heavy casualties and lead to joint mission failure. To meet these challenges, ACE is shifting operations from centralized physical infrastructures to a network of smaller, dispersed sites or cluster bases.
“We must maintain the high ground, and fight from a privileged position,” said the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. General CQ Brown Jr. “Fundamentally changing the way we produce air power will complicate adversary planning and provide more options for our combined forces and coalition leaders. Our approach to operations over the past 20 years has prioritized efficiency in a non-highly contested environment. ACE places a premium on effectiveness in a threat environment. increasingly challenging.”
Activating ACE will help: write down a repeatable and understandable process; Forces that are appropriately organised, trained and equipped; Theaters set up with appropriate equipment, assets, and host country agreements; and strong common service, integration and interoperability of partner countries.
The ACE looks somewhat different depending on the scene of the operation and the types of troops involved, which requires a variety of methods for the fighter.
In Europe, it addresses what might be called the tyranny of proximity, or short timelines for the threat against Russian missile launches or other attacks, and predicts that any flight operations are easily observable. The Pacific represents the tyranny of distance, or the vast expanses of ocean between potential forward operating sites, with many of them within the range of China’s rapidly developing missile capabilities.
At the tactical level, Guide Game approaches and capabilities must enable dispersed forces to adapt and triumph despite uncertainty, using the best information available to local commanders. This will entail a transition between offensive and defensive operations in response to what can be achieved with the communication and logistical support available.
At the operational level of central command and distributed control, understanding what forces can achieve with available resources and trade-off risks becomes critical. The offensive and defensive capabilities and expertise available at each forward operating location, as well as the logistical support available, may vary.
The ACE framework provides the Air Force with the ability to develop, maintain, and share critical, relevant and timely information across dispersed forces despite adversary attempts to reject or weaken it. It also prepares leaders to make risk-informed decisions and publish them with limited information.
“Adapting to this new paradigm shift ensures that we maintain an effective fighting force,” Brown said. “Our pilots can expect to conduct operations with speed, scale, complexity, and scale beyond recent expeditions from distributed locations with increased survivability and improved effectiveness.”
In addition to simplifying tactics, developing the pilots needed to implement basic, functional, and theater-specific requirements is critical to activating the ACE.
The Air Force is evolving from the just-in-time expeditionary campaign model to the realization that any pilot, no matter where they are stationed or deployed, needs to prepare for a world of increased uncertainty and have the right training to respond to any emergency.
Starting with modifications to the prerequisite training for ready-made pilots, pilots will receive more extensive training in all four phases of the Air Force’s formation cycle in exchange for timely training prior to the expedition’s deployment.
In addition, future training models will be adaptable to pilots’ experience levels and needs. Multi-capability pilot training represents a shift from large conventional troop packages to a smaller size for providing combat support and problem-solving with available resources.
Those whose jobs are directly related to operations in general, and ACE in particular, will need more focused training on how to be multi-capable in an airport. The exact penetration of Air Force specialty codes and required skills are still being determined.
The intent is to train pilots to be more productive on covert wartime missions that will reduce the number of pilots at risk in harsh environments.
“The concept of a multi-capable pilot is not about doing more with less,” he said. Chief Sergeant. From Air Force JoAnne S. Bass. “Instead, it is about how we intentionally train our pilots and enable them to pursue high-end future battles. Our pilots are the competitive advantage we have over any adversary, and how we prepare them for matters of future conflict.”