To maintain the aerial combat advantage over future adversaries, the Marine Corps must be able to execute its observation, orientation, decision, and action loop faster than the enemy can counter it—and it must be able to communicate and coordinate with the other services. The Corps is evolving from barely interoperable planning and force management systems to the advanced world of interoperable computer-aided systems and digital air tasking orders (ATOs).
Theater Battle Management Core System
As a result of lessons learned in Operations Desert Storm, the U.S. armed forces developed the Theater Battle Management Core System (TBMCS) for planning and executing joint air operations. The TBMCS is a theater- and tactical-level system that permits the joint force air component commander to plan operations and communicate his intentions to his assigned units with a single interoperable system. It is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and mandated for joint use by the Defense Information Systems Agency.