DCOM CC-Air Ramstein kicks the journal off by reminding us that opportunities to harness the collective power of our Air and Space assets are only limited by our imagination and energy. Other potential areas of common endeavour, from small satellites to air transport, are also placed in the spotlight. Elsewhere, we look at training and exercising from collective basic training opportunities through to emerging initiatives in the Live, Virtual and Constructive domains, which have the potential to change how we prepare from the unit/individual level to the highest reaches of command.
In 2008, JAPCC built upon its hard-earned reputation as NATO’s pre-eminent think tank for developing and enhancing Joint Air and Space Power today and into the future. We continue to maintain a close relationship with both Allied Command Transformation and our Sponsoring Nations, providing timely and relevant advice and products.
The wide range of articles in this 8th Edition of the JAPCC Journal clearly emphasises that the optimal exploitation of Air (and Space) Power continues to be a profound challenge. That said, there has been no shortage of Air-minded colleagues, who are willing to pick up the gauntlet and describe how the future of our environment might unfurl. In the event, we have received more articles than ever and, even after expanding the size of the Journal, we have had to push some submissions back to the next edition.
I introduce this Edition of the JAPCC Journal with the above quote for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that its author oversaw one of history’s largest Battlespace Management (BSM) challenges – the amphibious assault on Normandy in 1944. An endeavour, which required the highest degree of cross-environmental co-ordination and, incidentally, was predicated on the delivery of unchallenged dominance of the skies!
This, the 6th Edition of the JAPCC Journal, covers much ground in this debate and places increasing emphasis on the need for Air to contribute to ‘Effects’ wherever and whenever possible with whatever means we find at our disposal. We start with a fascinating insight, direct from the frontline, on the challenges facing NATO Air in Afghanistan. We then look at a variety of subjects intrinsic to an Effects Based Approach to Operations, which demonstrates conclusively that Air’s contribution goes way beyond the application of kinetic effect.
The JAPCC continues to transform. We have articles from our outgoing and incoming Assistant Directors Transformation (and Journal Editors) – Air Commodores Dugmore and Porter. Finally, this is General Schubert’s last edition of the Journal as our Executive Director before he retires in September. The Journal, like much of the JAPCC, has been General Schubert’s conception, and its success a product of his leadership.
To airmen logistics might not be as ‘sexy’ as achieving coherent effects or as apparently progressive as achieving decision superiority, the other 2 transformation goals, but air power’s contribution to, and reliance on, joint deployment and sustainment are of critical importance. The air power perspective of achieving joint deployment and sustainment is the theme of this, the fourth edition, of the Journal of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre.
The JAPCC has made the UAS topic its top priority theme for 2006. Our intention is to engage with all UAS stakeholders, including NATO staff, industry and academia to identify what NATO needs to do to exploit the UAS potential properly. We plan to do this through a variety of different fora, including meetings and conferences. This JAPCC Journal is a further major strand in this approach.
The response to the first edition of the Journal was overwhelmingly positive, and I honestly believe this second edition is even better. It is through the Journal and the JAPCC’s work on barebase activation, strategic lift, distributed simulation training and other associated projects, that the organisation will make a valuable contribution to the effectiveness of the air contribution to the NRF. The message is clear: for those of you involved in NRF-related work, the JAPCC may well be able to offer help and advice that will make your job easier!
Welcome to the first edition of the Journal of the JAPCC, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre’s bi-annual publication. You will find a full explanation of the JAPCC’s genesis and its aims and objectives later in the journal but, in essence, the Director’s vision is to enable NATO’s effective and efficient use of Joint Air and Space Power. It is our intention that the journal will become the JAPCC’s public debating chamber for air power issues. We hope that through exposing a cross-section of ideas and opinions we will spark a debate that ultimately will help to shape the future of air power, to maintain and enhance its relevance, and to ensure that there is as much coherence as possible in air power issues from inception to employment.