Air power effects cover a broad geographic area, influencing multiple Australian Defence Force areas of operation, from domestic through to global operations.
The dual hatted role of Director-General Air (in the joint space) and Director-General Air Command Operations (Headquarters Air Command), held by AIRCDRE Robert Denney, is responsible for ensuring these effects are realised.
Doctrinally, the Air and Space Operations Centre (AOC) is charged with the planning, execution and assessment of air power effects via an air campaign.
AIRCDRE Denney said the AOC plans for these air campaigns through a centralised control point to then allow tactical units the ability to execute the plan and employ their aircraft in support of the force.
“The AOC ensures air power effects are apportioned throughout the joint environment as required," AIRCDRE Denney said.
"This is particularly important for our low density, high demand assets such as P-8A and E-7A.”
The AOC plays a key role in deciding who and what can be supported, and with which asset, all while ensuring the broader aims of air campaign are progressed.
With our RAAF assets involved in Middle East operations, short-notice humanitarian relief operations, search and rescue and Joint exercises, maintaining oversight of all tasks is critical to ensuring Air Force can deliver air power to where it is needed.
Director AOC, GPCAPT David Smith said the AOC is permanently force assigned to Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC), meaning the AOC planning is aligned with and informs HQJOC planning.
“For many, air power is the highest priority – there is never enough air power," GPCAPT Smith said.
"We are persistently agile to the demands of the joint environment and feel we are able to maximise the employment of our Air Force capabilities across the board.”
“The AOC brings together our Air Force subject matter experts to deliver efficient and effective air power for Australia, our allies and the region.
"This will continue to improve as we stand-up the Combat Plans Division in 2019, and the Combat Support Division continues to evolve.”