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Redefining E-3 core competencies for dominant battlespace knowledge in future combat employment /

by Kirkendall, David A.; School (U.S.), Naval Postgraduate

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This thesis explores how E-3 Air Battle Managers train for and perform their duties on board the Airborne Warning and Control System. The study focuses on how E-3 training is driven by the maintenance of a set of battle management core competencies rooted in the basics of aircraft tactical fluid control, force accountability and aerial refueling. The advent of a revolution in Information Management technology in the form of the 40/45 weapons system upgrade for the E-3 will drive the Air Force to rethink how training is accomplished with new capabilities and emerging missions in the battlespace. The current approach to block will not allow the Air Force to exploit the capabilities of the 40/45 airframe. Lessons from emerging areas such as knowledge management and sensemaking need to be assimilated into the way the Air Force trains E-3 Air Battle Managers to ensure future combat capability of aircrews in the increasingly technical and complex battlespace of future military operations. Existing core competencies need to be considered individual skill sets, and knowledge management and sensemaking introduced to better prepare battle managers to effectively and efficiently interpret inputs in the battlespace and place information where it needs to be.
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School:The United States Naval Postgraduate School

School Location:USA - California

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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