Command & Control and Air Battle Management

Future threats to NATO require a new, more agile, competitive, and responsive operational concept. Therefore, NATO embraced the Multi-Domain Operations concept (MDO) to ensure the necessary agility and responsiveness by optimizing x-domain effect generation and a new MDO Command and Control (MDOC2) construct based on extensive use of EDTs like AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data management.

To maximize AIR effects, it is mandatory that the management of all AIR activities, measures and means, is based on coherent commands, directions and guidance given by the appropriate authorities via a proper C2 structure. Air Battle Management (ABM) ensures that the AIR contribution to MDO is effective and efficiently integrated, coordinated and synchronized by providing the ‘who, what, when and where’ of AIR activities throughout the Joint Operations Area (JOA). In the context of MDO, JAPCC ABM Subject Matter Experts (SME) support the development of relevant knowledge and awareness of Air C2 operations and doctrine.

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Subject Matter Expert

Lieutenant Colonel

Jürgen Welsch

Subject Matter Expert 
Command & Control and Air Battle Management

Lieutenant Colonel Juergen Welsch joined the German Air Force in 1984. In 1990 he gained a Bachelor Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Hochschule der Bundeswehr Muenchen. From 1990 on, Lieutenant Colonel Welsch worked in multiple operational- and staff positions within the field of AIRC2. In 2003, he switched to...


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