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ATI's Airspace Battle Management
Airspace Control for Combat Operations

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    Technical Training Short On Site Course Quote This 3 day course will cover a variety of Airspace Battle Management (ABM) related topics. You will learn the principles of how to monitor and control combat aircraft as they perform their wartime missions. Airspace Battle Managers can be found at all levels of conflict, from controlling air combat aircraft while onboard an airborne early warning aircraft to deconflicting friendly aircraft in highly congested airspace to directing a close air support mission as a final attack controller on the ground. You will learn how to identify friendly and enemy aircraft using multiple sensors and sources of data and communications.

    This course will be extremely useful for those with a need to understand the fundamental and practical aspects of airspace battle management. It is an essential course for department heads, staff officers, program & project managers, R&D researchers and operators who are responsible for C4ISR, weapons and surveillance air battle managers, air war planning, radar and other sensor systems and UAV operations


    Jerry LeMieux, PhD is a pilot and engineer with over 40 years and 10,000 hours of aviation experience. He has over 30 years of experience in operations, program management, systems engineering, R&D and test and evaluation for AEW, fighter and tactical data link acquisition programs. He led 1,300 personnel and managed 100 network and data link acquisition programs with a five year portfolio valued at more than $22 billion. He served at the numbered Air Force Level, responsible for the development, acquisition and sustainment of over 300 information superiority, combat ops and combat support programs that assure integrated battlespace dominance for the Air Force, DoD, US agencies and Allied forces. In civilian life he has consulted on numerous airspace issues for the US Federal Aviation Administration, Air Force, Army, Navy, NASA and DARPA . He holds a PhD in electrical engineering and is a graduate of Air War College and Defense Acquisition University.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Air Operations Planning & General ABM Principles
  • Network Centric Warfare for ABM C2
  • ABM C2 for Specified Missions
  • ABM and Unmanned Air Systems (UAS)
  • Airspace Control as a System & ABM Operational Procedures
  • Aircraft Performance and Armament
  • Management of Sensor Systems
  • Management of Communications and Tactical Data Links
  • Electronic Warfare Management
  • Airspace Deconfliction
  • Airspace Integration of Air & Missile Defense, EW, Surface
  • Operations, and UAS Operations
  • Real World ABM Examples by Mission Area

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction. History and lessons learned from WWII through Iraqi Freedom, problems with fratricide, global AEW platforms and capabilities
  2. Air Operations Planning Rules of engagement, special instructions, collateral damage assessment, airspace control plan, airspace control order & measures, Air Tasking Order (ATO), ATO Cycle, target development (sample target list), weaponeering, master attack plan
  3. Network Centric Operations for ABM Command and Control. Origins, principles, advantages and implementation of Network Centric Warfare, Network Centric Operations, Example Boeing Network Centric C2 System (NC3S)
  4. ABM for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). UAS elements and categories, ATC communications, UAS control, UAS payloads, UAS future roles and missions
  5. ABM Command and Control for Specified Missions. Offensive and defensive counterair, air interdiction combat air patrol, close air support, combat search and rescue, electronic warfare and suppression of enemy air defenses, special operations, maritme missions, stability and peacekeeping operations, cruise missile operations, uas operations.
  6. Airspace Control as a System. Three levels of warfare, levels of control in air defense operations, decentralized and autonomous command structure, joint air operations center, joint liaisons, air to ground surveillance (JSTARS), air to air surveillance (AWACS), air support operations center, forward air controller, terminal attack controller
  7. ABM Operations and Management. Types of identification, classification of tracks, engagement of enemy air threats, aircraft performance and armament for airlift, fighter, bomber, attack, helo, ISR and UAS aircraft, weather effects on air operations, management of sensor systems, multi sensor fusion, management of communications and data links including voice, tactical data links and spectrum management, airspace deconfliction procedures using time, altitude, airspace and killboxes, electronic warfare management including electronic support measures, electronic protection and electronic attack.
  8. Airspace Integration. Integration of Air Control with Missile Defense, layering of defensive assets, active and passive defense, integration of electronic warfare, ELINT for electronic order of battle, friendly forces frequency planning, integration of surface operations, fratricide avoidance, CAS deconfliction, kill box operations, integration of unmanned systems, non segregated airspace problems, management of multiple UAS, management of small/backpack UAS
  9. ABM Training and Weaknesses. Training courses, air combat exercises including Red Flag and Green Flag, lack of situational awareness, inefficient utilization of the air environment, fratricide from lack of coordination of air and ground operations, inability to coordinate and deconflict UAS, ABM inadequate to deal with standoff loitering munitions, lack of training and experience, lack of automated mission support systems, unreliable communications and ACO dissemination problems.
  10. ABM and Real World Examples by Mission Area. Mission briefing, video and debriefing for example scenarios including: offensive counterair (F14ís vs Mig 23 and Mig 29 vs UAS), defensive counterair (F18 escort for AEW and airlift), A-10 CAS Exercise, ISR (G550 CAEW border control and GMTI), combat search and rescue (F16 shootdown), EW and SEAD (F-4G & Desert Storm), Special Operations (AC-130 and insurgents).


    Tuition for this three day course is $1740 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to

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