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Block V Terms and Definitions

DCA consists of what measures? Both Active and Passive
Joint Force Commander (JFC) Responsible for the employment of forces assigned, attached, or other wise made available to accomplish the assigned mission or objective. Responsible for development of objectives and priorities for joint forces.
Commander, Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR) The COMAFFOR normally exercises OPCON of all Air Force Force presented (assigned or attached) as part of the Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force (AEFT)
Area Air Defense Commander (AADC) Within a unified command,subordinate unified command or joint task force, the JFC normally assigns overall responsibility for air defense to a single commander designated as the AADC. Normally JFASCC. AADC responsible for integrating the entire air defens
Rules of Engagement (ROE) "Directives issued by competent military authority which delineate the circumstances and limitations under which United States forces initiate and/or continue combat engagement with other forces encountered" (JP 1-02)
DCA Controller is responsible to the SD for providing tactical control and Battle Management (BM) of DCA asset. This normally includes picture calls, threat warnings, and directive targeting as required. See AFTTP 3-1.15 Ch.5 for a more in-depth explanation.
Responsibilities of DCA Know CAP Asset information to include home base, capabilities (ordnance, SEAD, and EW), strike routing, airspace, CAP points, Ref points, etc.
Area Defense Defense of a broad using a combination of weapons systems.
Point Defense Conducted for the protection of a limit area, normally in defense of in defense of the vital elements of forces and installations
Self-Defense Conducted by friendly units to defend themselves against direct attack or threat of attack through the use of sovereign airspace.
Alert Scrambles During normal peacetime operations, aircraft pull alert duty at designated bases throughout America
Combat Air Patrols In transition or wartime, aircraft are placed in predetermined CAP locations at the extremes of sovereign airspace.
Land Defense Common DCA Option. Establishes areas or "lanes" in which specific aircraft are tasked to patrol and defend.
DEFCON 5: Fade Out A normal readiness state where peacetime exists.
DEFCON 4: Double Take Increased intelligence watch and strengthening of security.
DEFCON 3: Round House Readiness above normal peacetime readiness
DEFCON 2: Fast Pace An increase in force readiness but less then maximum readiness
DEFCON 1: Cocked Pistol Maximum force readiness but not wartime until air defense emergency.
Air Defense Emergency: Big Noise Wartime At the declaration of an air defense emergency, probability of attack is specified by one of the three air defense warning conditions.
Air Defense Warnings After Declaration of Air Defense Emergency (Big Noise)
Air Defense Warnings Red: Big Noise-Apple Jack: Attack by hostile aircraft, missiles or space vehicles is imminent or taking place.
Air Defense Warnings Yellow: Big Noise- Lemmon Juice: Attack by hostile aircraft, missiles or space vehicles is probable.
Air Defense Warnings White: Big Noise- Snowman: Attack by hostile aircraft, missiles or space vehicle is no longer probable. Warning White is normally declared only after the previous declaration of Warning Yellow or Red.
Weapons Hold Fire: Fire only in self-defense or in response to a formal order to do so.
Weapons Tight: Fire only at positively identified as hostile according to the current ROE
Weapons Free Fire at targets that cannot be identified as friendly according to the current ROE
Cease Engagement Break the engagement on the specified target; missiles in flight will continue to intercept
Cease Fire: Do not open fire or discontinue firing; continue to track the target
Bracket fighter maneuvers to position themselves on opposite sides, either laterally or vertically of the targets
Crank F-pole maneuver; implies illuminating target at radar gimbal limits
Float directive or informative call to expand the formation laterally within visual limits to maintain radar contact or prepare for a defensive response.
Notch directive/informative for an all-aspect missile defensive maneuver to place threat radar/missile near the beam
Pump a briefed maneuver to low aspect to stop closure on the threat or geographical boundary with the intent to reengage; will be used to initiate a grinder tatic
Out informative call indicating a turn to a cold aspect relative to the known threat
Shackle one weave, a single crossing of flight paths; maneuver to adjust or regain formation parameters
Beam 10 to 110 degrees of aspect
Drag 0 to 60 degrees of aspect
Flank 120-150 degrees from tail or 30 to 60 degrees from nose
Hot contact aspect stabilized at 160 to 180 degree angle from tail or 0 to 20 degree angle from nose
Pince Threat maneuvering for a bracket attack
Swept formation with the trailer displaced approximately 45 degrees behind the leader
Container formation with four contacts oriented in a square or offset square.
Lead Trail Formation or two or more contacts separated in range.
Line Abreast Formation of two or more contacts separated in azimuth.
Stack Two or more contacts within GROUP criteria with an altitude separation in relation to each other.
Stinger Three ship inner GROUP formation with two lead CONTACTs line abreast and the Single in trail.
Wedge Three ship inner-group formation with a single contact closest in range and two trail contacts line abreast.
Bogey Dope request for target information as requested or closet group in BRAA
Clean No sensor information on non-friendly aircraft of interest
Continue continue present maneuver, does not imply a change in clearance to engage or expend ordnance
Cleared Requested action is authorized Note: Engaged/support roles not established
Cover directive/informative call to assume a supporting position that will allow engagement of a specified track or threat to the flight if required
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