Air Operations Center: Wikis


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The AN/USQ-163 Falconer, better known as the Air and Space Operations Center (AOC), is the senior element of the Theater Air Control System (TACS). The Joint Force Commander (JFC) assigns a Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) to lead the AOC weapon system. Quite often the Commander, Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR) is assigned the JFACC position for planning and executing theater-wide air and space forces. When there is more than one service working in the AOC it is called the Joint Air and Space Operations Center (JAOC). In cases of Allied or Coalition (multinational) operations, the AOC is called a Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC).



There are five divisions in the AOC. These separate, but distinct, organizations fuse information that eventually becomes the Air Tasking Order.


Strategy Division (STRAT)

  • Strategy Plans Team
  • Strategy Guidance Team
  • Operational Assessment Team
  • Information Operations Team

Combat Plans Division (CPD)

  • Target Effects Team
  • Master Air Attack Plan Team
  • Air Tasking Order Production Team
  • Command and Control Planning Team

Combat Operations Division (COD)

  • Offensive Ops Team
  • Defensive Ops Team
  • Senior Intelligence Duty Officer
  • Interface Control

Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Division

  • Analysis, Correlation, and Fusion
  • Targeting and Tactical Assessment
  • ISR Operations

Air Mobility Division (AMD)

  • Commander's Support Staff(CCS)[1]
    • AMD Chief
    • Deputy AMD Chief
    • Superintendent
  • Air Mobility Control Team(AMDM)
    • Execution Cell
    • Mission Management
    • Flight Management
    • USAPAT Mission Planner
    • Maintenance
  • Airlift Control Team(AMDL)
    • Airlift Plans
    • DV Airlifts
    • Diplomatic Clearance
    • Requirements
  • Air Refueling Team(AMDR)
  • Aeromedical Evacuation Control Team(AMDA)

Falconer AOCs

Tailorable AOCs

Functional AOCs


AOC-equipping Units

NATO Air Operations Centres

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) also uses the Combined Air Operations Center concept at multiple locations. Supporting the air component commands are four static Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCs) to direct NATO air operations – in Uedem , Germany ; Finderup , Denmark ; Poggio Renatico , Italy ; and Larissa , Greece ; and two deployable CAOCs in Udem and Poggio Renatico. The static CAOCs can support Allied air operations from their fixed locations, while the deployable CAOCs will move where they are needed.

Active AOCs

Inactive AOCs

See also


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