Airpower in the Interagency:
Success in the Dominican Republic
The Air Force must apply effective airpower within the interagency. Toward that end, this article explores the joint air component coordination element (JACCE) and its applicability to the mission against counter-transnational organized crime. Current and future challenges to US security will increase the need for interagency coordination, collaboration, and integration. The JACCE may be the mechanism to ensure that a mission-specific joint force commander has access to the full capabilities of airpower. To illustrate those capabilities, Lieutenant Colonel Boxx offers an air sovereignty vignette about the rise and fall of illicit drug trafficking into the Dominican Republic from 2003 through 2011. The success of the Sovereign Skies initiative demonstrates the importance of the JACCE within the interagency as well as the increased partnership capacity and capabilities of the Dominican Republic’s air force.