AF Battle Lab participates in TOC-F experiment, Weapons School Integration Phase

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  • 805th Combat Training Squadron

The 805th Combat Training Squadron participated in the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Integration Phase, or WSINT, graduation-level event by experimenting with the Tactical Operations Center, or TOC, Family of Systems, concept while preparing the graduating class of Air Force weapons officers for tactical leadership through presenting complex tactical problems representative of the current combat environment at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 16 – Dec. 1.

WSINT is a bi-annual event in which Department of Defense services send their best and brightest warfighters to participate in the most demanding and challenging environments possible, short of actual combat.  As the USAFWS’s capstone event, WSINT also generates highly-trained leaders who plan, integrate and dominate in any tactical setting.

WSINT leverages a series of joint, multi-domain engagements to integrate military combat power to overwhelm an adversary.  The 805th CTS, also known as the Shadow Operations Center – Nellis, leverages this environment for access to real-world data to aid in developing advanced technology destined for the warfighter. 

“The technologies we experiment with and help develop contribute towards advancing battlefield situational awareness, connecting sensors with shooters, and accelerating the decision-making timeline,” said Maj. Joshua Shaw, 805th CTS operations officer.

The ShOC-N was able to support the first ever execution of a TOC-Fixed Site, or TOC-F, from within the confines of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, enabling successful syllabus execution for the students and instructors as well as proofing the Air Combat Command Concept of Operations for the TOC Family of Systems concept.  The TOC-F conducted command and control in coordination with a forward deployed node spanning multi-range and multi-state operations covering the Pacific Ocean, the Nellis Test and Training Range, or NTTR, and Utah Test and Training Range, or UTTR, with many facilities, aircraft, and naval assets in-between representing the DOD joint force.

The multi-week air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace capstone event enables real-world proficiency in training the joint force through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging adversary targets.  WSINT also blends real-world forces and technology of today with the advanced next-generation systems and simulated capabilities of tomorrow.

The planning for the next iteration of WSINT has already begun, incorporating lessons learned from this event to enhance the joint forces’ ability to develop the transformation concepts, capabilities, and technologies required to fight and win. Additionally, the ShOC-N will enhance the TOC-F capabilities for future WSINT interactions by increasing the number data feeds based on USAFWS feedback.

"Data is the ultimate commodity in the future fight, and the ShOC-N is well-suited to provide increased situation awareness to TOC-F multi-domain crews operating during future WSINT/TOC events," said Lt. Col. Shawn Finney, 805th CTS director of operations.