LANPAC 2013: PACOM working to form air and missile defence CONOPS

By Daniel Wasserbly
April 15, 2013

As US forces in the Pacific are slated to soon receive new missile defence assets, officers at US Pacific Command (PACOM) are working to establish a concept of operations (CONOPS) to ensure different units with different capabilities are working under a common understanding.

Brigadier General Dan Karbler, commanding general of 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, which ultimately resides under PACOM, said the services are about five or six months into the process of establishing a concept of operations for integrated air and missile defence in the Pacific theatre.

An integrated air and missile defence cell has been formed within US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) staff to work on the concept of operations as well as to focus on clarifying theatre-wide missile defence issues, Gen Karbler said on 11 April at the Association of the US Army’s Land Power in the Pacific (LANPAC) symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

US Air Force Major General Russell Handy, director of operations, plans, and policy (A3/5) for PACAF, noted during the same briefing that the project was proving difficult due to the yet unclear budget picture among the commands and their different service components. …

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