Course Description: The NATO Special Operations Air Planning Course will equip the students with the ability to engage in all phases of the special operations air mission planning process. Special Operations Air Task Group (SOATG) and Special Operations Air Tasking Unit (SOATU) tactical planners will plan, coordinate, and integrate objectives, resources, and environmental factors to support special operations, both land and maritime. Additionally, students will be introduced to the NATO CIS/IT tools utilized to support the SOF mission planning process.
Target Audience: This course is for NATO unit-level and taskgroup level SOF air mission planners (normally warrant officer through junior major) who will be assigned to coordinate fixed and/or rotary wing aviation in support of ground and/or maritime operations. Some students will be asked to act as Air Mission Commander during the practical exercises.
Attendance Criteria: Courses taught exclusively in English. In addition to a 3332 in English language skill, students should be comfortable speaking English in front of groups to participate in this course. Students should be familiar with the NSHQ Air manuals and guidelines, specifically the Helicopter and Fixed Wing guidelines.
Key Lessons and Specific course learning objectives:
• Apply special operations air/aviation doctrine to complex mission planning (insertion, on-call CAS, MEDEVAC, QRF,
re-supply, ISR, refuel and rearm, threats, weather, timelines, etc.)
• Using Falcon View, plan an air task unit level special operations air mission in a low to medium threat environment
• Develop and apply planning and execution checklists based on the NSHQ Helicopter and Fixed wing guidelines
• Produce an Air Move Plan to include an air move table, execution checklist, and mission abort criteria
• Produce effective Loading/Staging Plans for multiple aircraft, to include security requirements and load distribution
• Understand how special operations missions achieve strategic or national objectives
• Solve a realistic planning problem and present the solution for evaluation
- Air Mission planning
- Comms / Computers
- Chievres Airbase, BEL
MINIMUM NATO CLEARANCE
- Military Only - Any Service
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- 8 days
- Combined Civ/Mil
- A combination of academics, vignettes en practical exercises will be used alongside an operational scenarion to enhance the student education.
- The course will culminate in a practical exercise in SOF combined arms air and aviation planning, which will give students an opportunity to practice and receive constructive feedback on aviation planning in order to improve their ability to support their NATO special operations forces.
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- Max 16 students
- In addition to a 3332 in English language skill, students should be comfortable speaking English in front of groups to participate in this course.