Interoperability: A Continuning Challenge in Coalition Air Operations

Interoperability: A Continuning Challenge in Coalition Air Operations


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The United States is increasingly participating in coalition military operations. Coalition support may be required for successful military operations and in most such operations the United States desires to share the burden. U.S. allies recognize the increased security that coalition operations can bring. Because interoperability is a key element in coalitions, RAND undertook research to help the Air Force identify potential interoperability problems that may arise in coalition air operations and to suggest nonmaterial and technology-based solutions. The research focus is on command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems in out-of-NATO-area operations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833029126
Publisher: RAND Corporation
Publication date: 12/19/2000
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.59(d)
Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction
Study Objective and Scope
Study Approach
Structure of the Report
Chapter Two: A Broad Definition of Interoperability
Strategic Perspectives
Operational and Tactical Perspectives
Technological Perspective
Chapter Three: Interoperability Challenges in Recent Coalition Operations
Interoperability Lessons Learned
Key Interoperability Challenges and Workarounds
Broader Lessons for Interoperability Planning
Chapter Four: New Trends That May Affect Future Interoperability
The International Security Environment
The Budgetary and Programmatic Environment
A Potentially Widening Gap in U.S.-NATO Capabilities
Case Studies
Chapter Five: Command and Control
Strategic Level
Operational and Tactical Levels
Technological Level
Observations and Suggested Actions
Chapter Six: Space Developments
The Broader Context for Space Cooperation
Motives and Methods for Space Cooperation
European Space Programs
Observations and Suggested Actions
Chapter Seven: Air Surveillance and Control
Interoperability Challenges
Mechanisms to Foster Interoperability
Cost Implications
Observations and Suggested Actions
Chapter Eight: Ground Surveillance and Control
AGS Requirements
AGS Concept Definition
Other Means to Ensure Interoperability
Observations and Suggested Actions
Chapter Nine: Tactical Data Links
TADIL J, JTIDS, and Link 16
Link 16 Terminology
Summary of MIDS Case Study
ChapterTen: Fighters and Weapons
Cooperative Fighter Development
Allied Capabilities
U.S. Capabilities
Suggested Actions
Chapter Eleven: Illustrative Military Value
Peacekeeping Operations
Force Protection
Interdiction During the Halt Phase of a Major Theater War
Chapter Twelve: Concluding Observations and Suggested Actions
Recent Operations
Case Studies
Suggested Actions
Appendix A: Allies' Participation and Contributions in Recent Coalition Operations
Appendix B: New Operational Concepts from Joint Vision 2010
Appendix C: MIDS Case Study
Appendix D: Notional Fighter Deployment

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