Volume 31, Issue 2, Summer  2017

A New Era for Command and Control of Aerospace Operations

Control of the aerospace environment is a fundamental prerequisite to successful operations in the physical domains of air, sea, land, and space. Once established, such control facilitates the freedom of action and movement for all joint forces. Accordingly, command and control (C2) of aerospace operations are critical functions that must be a priority for the Department of Defense.


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Douglas G. Sauvageau 7/1/2014 5:35:57 PM

Lt Gen David Deptula''s contribution to the Air Force C4ISR enterprise is analogous to Adm Hyman Rickover''s impact on the Nuclear Navy. The major difference being the rapid pace of technological expansion witnessed over Gen Deptula''s service. In such an enterprise, having a single Subject Matter Authority to lend perspective and congruity is a ''jewel beyond price''. He has hit the nail on the head when he identifies the need to integrate the ISR and Command and Control organizations. I believe the place to start is the Control and Reporting Center of the Ground Theater Air Control System.

Enrique Pasco 7/1/2014 5:50:39 PM

I would like to express my sincerely congratulations to the Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF, Retired. Velocity of the information is so important for take decisions, emerging threats because thay are looking for new methods to destroy us and finally new technologies will be always present. I liked those concepts. "We must embrace and invest in innovation, creativity, and change", Let us invest more on it

Jim Henderson 8/27/2014 4:38:27 PM

I''d like to echo two interwined points from Lt Gen Deptula''s comments, specifically our data-bandwidth challenge and the tendency of operational/strategic to demand evermore data so they can "reachforward" using a 5000-mile "screwdriver." It is still far too common to see new programs with great ideas for collecting more data, without any concept of how that data will be transmitted to who needs/wants it, nor with any idea of who could possibly analyze all that additional data. I''m glad the general sees those two issues clearly.

Fred Curtis 10/30/2014 2:55:37 PM

Right on!!! This article projects the concepts of an integrated air picture that we had with the Navy and Marines in Viet Nam to the 21st century. C2 is driven by the characteristics of the assets it controls. In several cases in the past we have had centralized execution to the point that targeting was "done" at the White House. We have to be willing to think with an open mind and remember the lessons of the past.

PAUL JUDGE, Col(r) 1/21/2016 10:48:36 AM

Gen Deptula, I''m late to this article and idea but the current CSAF has directed his LL team to look at a few related issues and I''m starting the research/collection soon. Let me know if you have time to discuss further. R/Paul Judge, Col(r), USAF