Installation Command and
Control Laboratory (JIP4C)
of this project is to research and design a Command and Control
Laboratory that simulates a Joint Air Operations Center (JAOC).
This laboratory is intended to expose USAFA cadets to this
foundational weapon system while applying JAOC doctrine,
organization, and processes to case studies to familiarize them
with actual threat environments and expand their cognitive
abilities to prevail. To help create a near real-world
environment, we intend to create an AOC/JAOC simulating an
operational AOC through emulating hardware, software, processes,
education and training; all at the appropriate security level.
The education and training participants includes Military
Strategic Studies (MSS) majors, USAFA cadets taking MSS core
course(s), and any other USAFA departments desiring to
participate. Additionally, this laboratory is intended to
provide a venue for operationally relevant and intellectually
rigorous cadet and faculty research.
proposal represents the first phase of the C2 Laboratory
process. The primary use of the requested funding would be used
to visit AOC education and training centers of excellence (AOC
FTU at Hurlburt Field, FL; Air University and the Air Force
Wargaming Institute at Maxwell AFB, AL; and AFRL at Mesa, AZ).
The team will survey existing hardware, software, processes, and
curriculum/wargames in use. Taking lessons learned from these
environments, we intend to design an appropriate USAFA
environment for undergraduate education, focusing upon required
physical space requirements, best software applications, Local
Area Network (LAN), Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network
(NIPRNET), and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET)
Lt Col Charles Gaona