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Theater Air Control System

Definition/Scope: (JP 3-03) The Theater Air Control System (TACS) is the Air force component commander's mechanism for controlling joint air interdiction assets. It consists of airborne and ground elements to conduct tailored C2 of AI operations. The structure of the TACS should reflect sensor coverage, component liaison elements, and the communications required to provide adequate support. The TACS provides the Air force component commander the capability to centrally plan and control joint air operations through the JAOC (if designated as the JFACC) while facilitating decentralized execution through the subordinate elements of the TACS. (FM 3-52) The TACS is the backbone of Air Force forces' (AFFOR's) contribution to the TAGS. In a theater where the Air Force provides most of the air assets, it consists of the AFFOR's air operations center (AOC) (the focal point of TACS), coordination and liaison organizations, and AFFOR wing operations centers (WOCs). The TACS performs centralized planning and control of air support to ground and naval forces and facilitates decentralized execution of that support. Subordinate TACS elements perform liaison, planning, coordination, monitoring, and surveillance; control the reporting; and execute air operations tasks. Ground control and airborne warning agencies that support the TACS include the control and reporting center (CRC); the air mobility element (AME); airborne battlefield command and control centers (ABCCCs); Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACSs); and Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systems (JSTARSs).


Air Force Theater Air Control System



Broader Terms:

Army Air and Missile Defense Command
control and reporting center
control systems
Joint Air Operations Center
Theater Air-Ground System

Narrower Terms:

air mobility element
airborne battlefield command and control centers
Airborne Warning and Control System
control and reporting center
Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System
Marine Air Command and Control System
Navy Tactical Air Control System
Theater Battle Management Core System

Related Terms:

air and naval gunfire liaison company
Air Defense Airspace Management/Brigade Aviation Element
air operations center
Army Air-Ground System
Army airspace command and control
Joint Air Ground Integration Cell
Joint Air Operations Center
Marine liaison officer
naval and amphibious liaison element

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