Airborne Tactical Crossload Planning Tool

T. Cloutier
Monterey Technologies, Inc., Utah, United States

Keywords: Airborne, tactical crossload, joint forcible entry

Large scale Airborne operations, such as Brigade-sized Joint Forcible Entry (JFE) events, incur enormous planning overhead on key leaders, and on a short execution timeline. This overloading results in a combination of planning shortfalls and errors such as violations of CAASOP crossload rules, incomplete seating plans prior to Initial Manifest Call (IMC). Planning also takes away time from key senior leadership such as First Sergeants, who could better utilize the time in preparing their personnel and equipment. MTI's Airborne Planning Environment (APE) provides an integrated environment for bringing together the ground tactical plan, aircraft seating layouts and limitations, eMILPO manpower data, and DZ data. APE's task-driven user interface steps planners through the Airborne Plan, including automatic calculations and other time saving features. APE outputs completed draft DA Form 1306 manifests and unit assignment rosters to improve readiness for IMC, and for the mission itself. Through these improvements, APE reduces time to plan significantly, improves plan alignment with Ground Tactical Plan, reduces CAASOP rule violations, and gets leaders back to the troops where they're needed.