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Unread post30 Mar 2018, 08:36

Marine Corps, Air Force Service Chiefs Hold First Meeting Since 2011; Plan to Coordinate on F-35, Air Defense Threats
29 Mar 2018 Megan Eckstein

"The Marine Corps and Air Force service chiefs met this week in the first top-level meeting between the services since 2011, in the first step towards developing a closer bond between the services perhaps least likely to work together.

The Marine Corps connects three-star leadership to the Army through a reinvigorated Army-Marine Corps Board, with a similar three-star Naval Board and other mechanisms to ensure interoperability with its sister service under the same Department of the Navy umbrella. But there are fewer avenues to coordinate with the Air Force – and in many cases, less need to do so.

However, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said today that “the meeting we had yesterday with the Air Force was the first time we’ve met since 2011. So one of the first things we decided is we’re not going to wait seven more years to do this again. In fact, we’re probably going to come up with some sort of staff-level board quarterly where we’ll meet and talk about some of the common things that we discussed yesterday,” he said of his meeting with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.

Obviously the F-35 is one thing where we have a common focus on the price point of that airplane, the sustainability of that airplane, the logistics of that airplane, and we kind of went from there. So we talked everything from space to cyber to close air support to command and control to security of bases and stations. And so it was a really good day,” Neller said. “I think a lot of times you sit down with somebody that, you might think we don’t have a lot in common with the Air Force, but we filled the time and we could have spent more time there. So we’re going to get together on a more regular basis to try to address some of these things.”..."

Photo: "An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 sits [STOs] on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) on March 7, 2018. US Navy Photo" https://news.usni.org/wp-content/upload ... 63-092.jpg



Source: https://news.usni.org/2018/03/29/marine ... se-threats
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Unread post12 Apr 2018, 22:51

CAS is already codified in JP 3-09.3. CAS is not an airplane, it's a working relationship and trust between the JTAC and the pilot.
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Unread post13 Apr 2018, 00:19

Welcome to the boards lrrpf52. The AF and Marines have been impressed with the capabilities of DARPA's PCAS in exercises going back several years. Ideally CAS should be platform-agnostic and the F-35 should fit right in. If you wish you can search on PCAS discussions on the forum using "search".



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Unread post13 Apr 2018, 00:41

Appreciate the real life insights you and others who have served bring to these boards.
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Unread post13 Apr 2018, 01:36

lrrpf52 wrote:
popcorn wrote:Welcome to the boards lrrpf52. The AF and Marines have been impressed with the capabilities of DARPA's PCAS in exercises going back several years. Ideally CAS should be platform-agnostic and the F-35 should fit right in. If you wish you can search on PCAS discussions on the forum using "search".

Thanks for that. I've seen that video before, but it's a good refresher.

I was in a unit where we tested a more mature version of Land Warrior for the Airborne Land Warrior program, "Airborne" meaning paratrooper.

The system included a small Helmet-Mounted Display, a ruggedized mouse pad on the magazine well of the M4, a Laser Range Finder, Combat Camera, and a Digital Compass, all integrated into a small vest-worn computer/GPS/radio.

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You could polar plot with that system without even breaking voice comms, and do that on an integrated Joint Fires network that was serviced by C3 nodes you were linked to.

There was a "Fires" header in the tiny Helmet-Mounted Display that you could go to with the cursor, and call for fire using different methods, but polar plot with the LRF was nice. I think the LRF size was limited for range, which is why we still see JTACs using tripod-mounted systems similar to SOFLAM. LRFs have come a long way though, getting much smaller and more capable with better stability and accuracy.

Blue Force Tracker came around after that.


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