HomeNewsArticle Display

Weapons School: Multi-domain integration since 1996

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- The purpose of Weapons School Integration — the capstone event for each class of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Weapons Instructor Course — hasn’t changed much over the years, but the capabilities, platforms and domains involved have changed.

A leader in tactics, techniques and procedures development, the USAFWS has focused on integrating combat capabilities across domains since 1996 when the school’s Space Division was established. The division structure was dissolved in 2003 but integrating space operations as part of the USAFWS syllabus continued under the 328th Weapons Squadron, which graduates about 20 weapons instructors each year.

“The Weapons School recognizes and understands that our adversaries are building threats to space systems and that the total force has to be prepared to confront those challenges,” said Maj. Mark Crimm, USAFWS chief of space integration. “And so, to tackle those challenges, the USAFWS commandant’s office of integration ensures Weapons School Integration (WSINT) missions address impacts for every Air Force doctrinal mission, including satellite and space operations.”

While space operations are integrated across WSINT missions, space takes front and center during Operation Skytrain.

“Operation Skytrain, a strategic attack and space operations scenario, is the only mission during WSINT not led by aircrew,” Crimm said. “Instead, because protection of space assets is the primary goal of the mission, it’s led by a space operator.”

In the scenario, adversary weapons pose a threat to U.S. assets in space. The defense of these vital national assets requires the integration of air, space, ground and cyberspace capabilities, according to Capt. Marcus Fairchild, 328th WPS student and lead planner for the most recent WSINT Operation Skytrain phase.

“I’m an effects-based planner, so I know I need certain threats gone so we can protect our assets in space,” Fairchild said. “I, along with my deputy who’s a pilot, lead the planning and execution of the mission to mitigate threats to space assets while keeping our aircraft in the best possible position for success and survivability.”

The planning process is similar to traditional mission sets. What differs is “the timing and tempo of the operation is built around when space operators are able to perform the maneuvers needed to keep satellites defended,” Fairchild said.

“Integration between space and air domains isn’t new,” he said. “Downrange all of our space effects were timed and synchronized with what our airborne assets were doing. I learned how to integrate downrange when it really mattered and I get to practice it here in a much bigger bubble.”

According to Fairchild, the insight he has gained into the capabilities of other platforms is what makes the training provided by the Weapons School so significant.

With squadrons dedicated to intelligence, cyberspace operations, electronic attack and command and control, the weapons school ensures their graduates are prepared to leverage their platforms and expertise for maximum effect in virtually any combat scenario.

“The weapons school teaches you to talk multiple operational languages so this isn’t something I could have done six months ago,” said Fairchild, who deployed to Afghanistan in support of the 21st Space Wing prior to starting weapons school.

“Before I didn’t necessarily have an awareness of what others were doing and why,” Fairchild said. “I didn’t have a true understanding of what the platforms I was working with were capable of. After coming through the weapons school, I now know the resources, the people and what their platforms can do and the best way that space integrates into those plans. The same would be true for any graduate.”

Engage

Twitter
Special tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, @AFSpecOpsCmd, concluded their response to aug… https://t.co/QAgSEOKdbB
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Happy 74th Birthday @USAirForce. We have come a long way and will continue to fly, fight, and win…#Airpower #AnytimeAnywh
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: For 74 years, the @usairforce has been protecting our skies and defending our nation. Happy birthday, #AirForce! https:…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF's message to #Airmen on the @USAirForce's birthday: "You’ve built a proud legacy over the decades -- the future wi…
Twitter
USAF tradition calls for the most junior ranking Airman and most senior ranking Airman present to cut the birthday… https://t.co/c6COZ5fcvf
Twitter
Today is our 74th Birthday! From humble beginnings in 1947, we stand on the shoulders of great Airmen who have hel… https://t.co/Y5l4gnGiBp
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Meet MSgt Aldrian Byrd. He led security operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein AB and ensured the s…
Twitter
In partnership with the @AFResearchLab's Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation directorate,… https://t.co/NgCL6CkPVJ
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: The @USAirForce was established Sept. 18, 1947 by that year's National Security Act. To kick-off the service's formal bi…
Twitter
.@AFWERX Agility Prime partner, Moog Aircraft Group, has created a prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing… https://t.co/j8GTzog2bJ
Twitter
Three C-130s flying sorties from McClellan Air Tanker Base in Sacramento County, CA, are performing an aerial firef… https://t.co/77dTFbhjXI
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: A senior leader message prior to the @USAirForce's 74th birthday: "Our Airmen serve around the globe, always ready to de…
Twitter
Today is POW/MIA Recognition Day. We recognize the more than half-million service members who have, at one time, be… https://t.co/txZ2zTxlm0
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Innovation depends on both creativity and support to turn concepts into reality. It requires courage, and rewards tenacit…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Partnerships are fundamental to executing the mission. Working with and learning from our partner nations @NATO -- togeth…
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: The 2021 #ENJJPT Steering Committee is happening at @SheppardAFB this week! Excited to continue our partnership to deliver…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: This is Capt Eric Johnson. He was critical to the reception, care, feeding and bed down of more than 30,000 vulnerable Af…
Twitter
.@UnderSecAF Gina Ortiz Jones met with @USAFReserve Airmen to discuss the @DeptofDefense COVID-19 vaccination direc… https://t.co/9y28hmcMir
Twitter
Join Department of the Air Force senior leaders for a live, virtual town hall discussing the Racial Disparity Revie… https://t.co/6Z7N6QIuLP
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,376,376
Follow Us